Today on the Real Talk SLP podcast, I wanted to talk about the ups and downs of finding relevant, engaging and practical professional development for the busy SLP.
As SLPs we are pulled very thin between conducting therapy, assessing, and all that fun paperwork.
In particular, school-based SLPs have to be knowledgeable about so many different areas because we treat a lot of disorders, and ages.
I decided to bring on my SLP blogger besties to have some real talk about professional development. Each one shares about the current struggles with finding good PD as well as recommending some resources that have helped them to feel confident about their clinical decisions.
Professional Development Resources for Busy SLPs
The Informed SLP is a resource we all have memberships and use regularly.
We all agreed that attending the ASHA Convention has lots of great presentations and so many options to chose from; however, it is expensive and difficult to take that time off of work. ASHA’s evidence maps can be a helpful place to start when looking for information on a certain topic.
I recommended any courses or presentations by Char Boshart who has a lot of courses on Speech Therapy PD. If you are interested in Speech Therapy PD (Use code: SLPROCKSTAR” to get $10 off either subscription).
I also just presented with Rehab Seminars and they had a lot of practical presenters that were very helpful including Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP and William Van Cleave, MA, Educational Consultant
We are all fans of FREE PD, right!? The SLP Summit is a free online webinar training that goes on twice a year during winter and summer. There are a ton of different topics and you can learn while sitting by the pool or your couch.
We also discuss how the four of us SLPs came up with the idea for the Speech Retreat. It is a one day Professional Development that is packed with practical therapy ideas you can use tomorrow. Plus, we wanted to celebrate SLPs, so we include swag bags and LOTS of raffle prizes. Check it out at Speech Retreat and sign up for the April 13th Speech Retreat in Raleigh, NC.
What is your favorite PD or conference you attended?
I would love to know what relevant PD you have attended to help spread the word to other SLPs. Share in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A little over a year ago, Nicole wrote about a post that was very personal to her heart. She opened up about her journey with getting her middle child, Declan evaluated for a speech and language disorder.
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In episode #6, Real Talk SLP interviews Jenn Westmoreland from Crazy Speech World. We had a great discussion about how to deal with outrageously, big caseloads.
So many SLPs are faced with a large caseload. Many have asked administration for support. Some get the support and others are left to manage unruly caseload sizes.
Jenn provides a lot of practical tips for how to manage a large caseload. She also gives information about how to advocate for your workload and ways to lower your caseload sizes.
Both Felice and Jenn have managed caseloads with kids up to 90! Doing the daily grind for caseloads that high isn’t always pretty or perfect. But, they both give encouragement to let you know that you aren’t alone!
Jenn is the queen of themed therapy, crafts and knowing the BEST books to use in your therapy sessions. To stay connected with her, head over to her instagram @crazyspeechworld or check out her website www.crazyspeechworld.
If you are looking for materials to support literacy in your sessions or FUN activities to target articulation, language and social skills, head over to Jenn’s TPT store.
As SLPs, we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. Working non-stop only makes admin think we are able to do our jobs in the amount of time given in our workday. Burnout is also quicker to creep in when we are working more and neglecting our own needs.
In this episode of the Real Talk SLP, Felice interviews Rachael Baethge from Texas Speech Mom. Rachael is a traveling SLP that primarily works with preschool aged students. She travels from site to site to see her students.
During this interview, Rachael shares about the pros and cons of being a traveling SLP. We both share some challenges we have faced when traveling to multiple therapy sites. Rachael gives practical advice and tips for how to manage a caseload when you have to travel from place to place.
If you are thinking about working as a traveling SLP, this episode will help you figure out if this type of setting will work for you! And for all those traveling SLPs currently working in this setting, Rachael will help you with how manage everything, so you don’t lose your sanity!
Want the bag that Rachael recommended in the episode? Here is the link to LL Bean bag that Rachael uses.
During the podcast Rachael and I discuss some storage solutions and ways to stay organized. Here is a blog post I did about various storage solutions for your materials.
Want to stay in touch with Rachael? Here is where you can find her:
Follow Rachael at Texas Speech Mom and be sure to check her out on instagram @texasspeechmom
Need resources for your students? Rachel sells her resources on TPT at Texas Speech Mom.
In this episode of the Real Talk SLP, Felice interviews Whitney Smith from Let’s Talk With Whitney SLP. Whitney is a school based SLP who works with children from preschool to 5th grade.
During this interview, Whitney shares about why she uses curriculum based materials and themes in her therapy. Plus, she tells SLPs how she stays organized and tips on how to start using themes in therapy.
It was interesting to hear about how Whitney started using themes in therapy and how she plans her themes throughout the year.
We both share some therapy ideas and books to use with a winter theme. Whitney shared her favorite books and activities for winter. Felice shared a few ideas for winter themes to use with your middle school students.