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Real Talk SLP episode 11

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Do you have students on your caseload that have a sensory processing disorder? Are you struggling with how to work with these students, so your sessions are productive?

Many SLPs serve students in the clinic and school settings that have sensory integration needs. It can be challenging to know how to intervene when a child isn’t paying attention, having constant movement, putting things in their mouths and struggling to get settled to attend to the therapy materials.

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Today, I had on Allison Fors, a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant who specializes in how to support students with sensory processing needs.

She shares the different types of sensory processing needs and some solutions for how to improve your sessions. You will love her practical ideas in this episode. 

We talk about what could be some signs that your student is exhibiting sensory processing needs, and what to do if you have concerns.

The best part about this interview is when we discuss all the ways you can help your students, so your therapy sessions are more productive!

For SLPs wanting easy to implement ideas for early intervention, Allison is your girl. Follow her at @speech.allisonfors


Allison is a speech and language, curriculum creator and has a whole FREE resource library for SLPs and SLPAs. Sign-up here:

Her blog has super helpful posts on this topic. Check them out here:


Real Talk SLP episode 10

As a school-based SLP, we have to assess and treat a wide range of speech and language disorders across many different ages. That is a tough job! It’s hard to stay up to date with best practices for treating all these areas especially when you haven’t had a lot of experience with specific treatment areas. So, when you get a student with a disorder that you aren’t as confident with treating, it can feel a bit overwhelming. In this episode, I talk all about how I pushed through treating a student with apraxia after not having a child with this type of disorder on my caseload (13 years in and this was my first case.) Even though I attended professional development over the years about apraxia, the information doesn’t really “stick” until you have a client/child to apply that knowledge into practice.

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This resource has everything you need to reference how to teach speech sound disorders and articulation deficits.

In the Indiana area July 18th? Come to a practical professional development with the Speech Retreat. Grab your ticket here and invest in your SLP skills. You will leave the training feeling more confident with how to run therapy groups because the day is jam-packed with practical therapy ideas you can do on Monday morning.

In this episode, I share all about how I stopped feeling overwhelmed and started moving into that confidence SLP zone. And, I shared some resources that will help you build your skills so that you can serve your students well that have apraxia. Here is a training a mentioned in the podcast episode that is free:

Childhood Apraxia of Speech by Edythe Stand 

Other Trainings:

PROMPT Training

Resources for Apraxia Therapy:

Bjorem Speech Sound Cue Cards

Kaufman Treatment Praxia Kit

Facebook Groups that can answer your questions:

Pediatric SLP

Dabbling with Speech Fun

Preschool SLPs

Real Talk SLP episode 8

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.

A great alternative is to use Speech or Speech Therapy PD.

Natalie recommended The Impact of Unilateral Hearing Loss and Single Sided Defness for the Pediatric Population from

Marueen recommended Intervention for Selective Mutism: The Nuts and Bolts of Behavioral Treatment

Hallie recommended Evidence Based Practice Treatment Approaches for Improving Vocabulary in Children with Language Disorders

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

Real Talk SLP episode 7

Today on the podcast, I have my friend Nicole Allison from Allison’s Speech Peeps on the show.

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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Blog Posts Mentioned In This Episode

Why is it so hard? by Nicole Allison

My Child Isn’t Talking, Now What? by Nicole Allison

Want to connect with Nicole?

You can find Nicole on Facebook at Nicole Allison, Speech Peeps LLC and Instagram @nicoleallisonslp

Need assessment tools or vocabulary activities?

If you need assessment resources or vocabulary activities, Nicole has some amazing resources for SLPs to help make confident clinical decisions for students.

Real Talk SLP episode 6

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.

Helpful Blog Posts From This Episode

Caseload and Workload from ASHA

How and when to recommend a consultation model for your students – a blog post by Jenn Westmoreland

Staying organized will help you with managing your caseload. Here are some helpful blog posts about organization and streamlining processes:

Organizing Your Materials For The Year by Jenn Westmoreland

Why I have A Speech Referral Process by Felice Clark

SLP Caseload Organization by Felice Clark

Small Victories – Tips for Self Advocacy by Jenn Westmoreland

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.

Here is a blog post by Jenn about Self Care for SLPS

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