All posts tagged speech-language pathologist

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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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is defined as:  the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.

Critical thinking skills are essential in the field of Speech Language Pathology (SLP).  As a Speech Language Pathologist, your job is to evaluate the patient, determine the correct speech diagnosis and then develop a treatment plan that best rehabilitates that patient.

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Online Resources for the Aspiring Speech Language Pathologist

Whether you are a seasoned SLP or an SLP-to-be, there are numerous resources at your fingertips on the internet.

With the explosion of social media, there are ample opportunities to find employment, ask for completion of surveys for classroom assignments, ask seasoned professionals and make friends with colleagues all over the world.  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat can be so much more than just an outlet to post pictures of your dinner or the events of your day.

Twitter has a community that has been active for many years known as the SLPeeps.  The SLPeeps is a group of SLPs that connect on Twitter and often meet at the annual American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) convention which is held every November.

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You Earned Your Degree in Speech Language Pathology, Now What?: 12 Settings for the SLP

If you have graduated from,  are currently enrolled in or plan to enroll in a program to become a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), you know that this program requires dedication and hard work.  One of the best feelings is to pass your Praxis exam, finish your Clinical Fellowship Year (the 9 months of paid work after your graduate from your SLP program) and start signing your name CCC-SLP.

While you are in school, you have the world at your fingertips.  This is the time you are trying to decide where you might like to work and what area you might want to specialize.  This is also a great time to start shadowing other SLPs in a variety of settings.

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Interview with a Speech-Language Pathologist

If you’re considering a degree in speech pathology, it’s important to know what your day to day responsibilities could be, and how the career outlook will be. It can be tremendously helpful to learn from those who are currently working in the field. With experience comes knowledge of the challenges, and rewards, that a speech-language pathologist career can offer. Recently, we stumbled across an excellent interview with Jennifer Oelfke, a speech-language pathologist and alumna of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) program in communication sciences and disorders. Kudos to UCF’s College of Public Health and Affairs for posting it!

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The 30 Best Mobile Apps for Speech Pathologists

Using mobile devices and pads to help with speech is a fairly new process, but speech-language pathologists (SLP) know the value of using this technology. Some pathologists are developing apps for use in this market, and others are designed by parents with children who suffer from language disorders.

SLPs familiar with mobile devices and their apps can strengthen ties with patients and families and extend treatment more thoroughly into daily lives, especially with the use of apps that incorporate augmentative and alternative Communication (AAC). The following list is categorized by device, including one category that offers apps across the board, or that are not dependent on one technology to be accessible.

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