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Criticism…Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It.

                                        

Sometimes, one of the toughest things we hear in a day is criticism.  We never want to hear that we are not doing something the right way.

I mean, we get criticism our entire life.  Our parents criticize us, which is how we learn right from wrong.  Our teachers in school criticize our school work which is how we learn and how we improve our work.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Medical SLP?

No matter which path you choose in Speech Language Pathology, a job as an SLP can be a very rewarding experience.  Many choose to work in the school system.  Many SLPs find that it is rewarding working with children on areas such as articulation and the many facets of language.

Another career path can be as a medical SLP.   Many times, SLPs choose to work in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), hospital, home health or an outpatient clinic.

                              

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How SLPs Can Use Social Media

 

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChat can all be great tools for Speech Language Pathologists.  Many of us work out in the field with no other SLP within 500 miles.  Sometimes the only other SLP in the area has never treated a patient like the patient for whom you have questions regarding treatment.

Enter social media, with a wealth of other SLPs with so many various skill levels and levels of expertise.

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Can You Learn from a Podcast?

                         

In today’s world, we are learning most of our information through the internet.  Google, Wikipedia and Facebook have become a source for much of our information.  We use blogs and social media outlets to share information, new courses and journal articles.

So many people are turning to podcasts for information.  It’s a convenient, easy-listening way to share information.  With bluetooth and devices such as the Amazon Echo listening while at home is easy as ever.  If you have long commutes to work or if you’re like me and spend most of the day in your car, you can easily listen to an episode or 2 while driving.

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Interview with an Expert: Dr. Erik Raj

If you haven’t heard the name Erik Raj, you are definitely missing out.  Erik is a common name in the social media world.  Dr. Raj recently earned the title Dr. and is professor in New Jersey.

Erik loves to teach SLPs how to have fun with therapy and with the use of apps and technology.  You will often find him presenting at state level conventions and the National ASHA Convention (held annually in November in various cities.)  This year Erik will be presenting in Los Angelos at the National ASHA Convention.

Dr. Raj recently started a company that sells fun swag.  Pins by Erik offers a variety of fun, Speech Pathology related pins for your lanyard, name tag or wherever you may wear a pin.

Erik writes a blog that is full of fun and exciting tips and ideas for creating exciting speech therapy sessions.

Erik specializes in fluency disorders or stuttering and often works at Camp Shoutout, a camp for school-age students with fluency disorders.

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ASHA Convention 2017

It’s that time of year again.  That time when SLPs all over the country are preparing for the annual trek to the ASHA convention.  This year the convention will be held in Los Angeles, California.

Whether you are a first-timer or a veteran at the ASHA convention, preparation is key for a successful time in LA!   Be prepared, either way, for thousands of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists to converge in an area and absolutely take over!

I won’t lie, the build-up from ASHA is enormous, but the let-down when it’s over is almost the same.  The jam-packed exhibit hall, spending time with people you see once a year and the rush to get to your next session becomes a part of your day.

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Interview with an Expert: Dr. Eric Blicker

Dr. Eric  Blicker,MA CCC-SLP.D BCS-S,  is a specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders.   Dr. Blicker holds his Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.  In addition to his daily duties as an acute care SLP, Dr. Blicker also owns his own continuing education company, teaching SLPs all over the country about FEES and issues related to swallowing disorders.

FEES is an instrumental assessment for swallowing.  Flexible Endscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) involves using an endoscope with a camera placed in the nostril and into the pharynx (throat) to assess the pharyngeal phase of the swallow.

Dr. Blicker also educates SLPs on patient’s that use  a ventilator (breathing machine) or that have had a trachestomy (artificial airway with a tube in the throat to keep the stoma open).

You can find Dr. Blicker’s continuing education courses here.   You can also find Dr. Blicker on Facebook and LinkedIn where he often shares great information regarding dysphagia (swallowing disorders).

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Expert Insights – Interview with an SLP

Over the next few months, I will be posting a series of articles interviewing Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) in various settings.

Katie Smead is a semi-retired SLP who currently owns her own practice.  What she didn’t state in the interview is that she is also the creator of some very innovative tools for dysphagia which you can find here.

Using her experience with the area of dysphagia (swallowing impairment) and evidence based practice, Katie has developed multiple tools at an affordable cost to assist Speech Language Pathologists in the treatment of dysphagia, in addition to providing journal articles to support clinical use of these tools for a variety of deficits.

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Continuing Education

As I mentioned last month, you can specialize in  3 different areas of Speech Language Pathology and 1 area of Audiology, which more specialty areas coming.  Specializing requires continuing education.  The bad (or good) news is that whether or not you specialize, continuing education is a requirement.

After six years or more in school. you feel like you are ready to conquer the world.  The reality is that you don’t learn everything you need to know in school.

Much of our learning comes from our jobs, from working with a variety of patients or clients and from our colleagues or supervisors.

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Specializing in Speech Language Pathology

I know what you might be thinking.  You go to school for six years, earn your Masters degree and after you graduate, you STILL have to learn!

The field of Speech Language Pathology is quite broad.  We have to know so much about so many areas that most SLPs tend to specialize.  SLPs work in the areas of swallowing, language, motor speech, aphasia, cognition, reading, fluency and voice just to name a few.

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