Do you read the comments in posts on Facebook?
Next time you do, I encourage you to take a moment and tally up positive comments vs negative comments – and not JUST on SLP posts…but in normal everyday posts. The last time I did this, the negative comments far outweighed the positive ones.
Now, have you ever considered what impact your words have on others?
When you think of spectrum disorders, the one most people consider is Autism. We all know autism can have a huge variability in symptoms. Some individuals with autism are non-verbal, others are highly verbal. Some have significant behavior issues, others don’t. What many people don’t know is that Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (the old name) also is a true spectrum disorder (hence the name change to fetal alcohol spectrum disorder). Continue reading
Recently I had the opportunity to take part in a webinar on speechpathology.com (if you aren’t a member and want to join, feel free to click here [disclaimer: I receive a credit toward membership if you join after following that link]). The webinar was on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and how to improve outcomes, presented by Dan Dubovsky, MSW FASD Specialist.
To say it was mind-blowing is an understatement. Continue reading
There are new artic norms available! Continue reading
First, let me say . . . It’s good to be back. I have not written a blog post in way too long. There are a few reasons for this (excuses really). Between work and my PhD, I’ve been very busy. But, in reality, a bigger portion of it is because I’ve been afraid to. Continue reading
As most of you know, I’m currently working on my doctorate. An article I was recently provided really hit home for me…and I think it will for you too. There are some wonderful tidbits in here, and (in my not so humble opinion), a great tool to use for when you’re reading research (which I KNOW you are…right?). Don’t worry, it’s not written as a “boring research article,” but it is extremely interesting and thought-provoking. Continue reading
This post has been building for a while now. Social skills are an important part of everyday life. We need good social skills in order to know how to interact with people. We teach social skills to our clients.
I may be dating myself a bit but, do you know the internet is not all that old. Social networking platforms Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs), AOL, and ICQ have given way to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Social media is everywhere and it is nearly impossible to get away from it. People are posting, commenting, responding, and interacting all day long. It can be a wonderful tool!
But… Continue reading
I realized, as I was sitting at my computer the other day, that it has been far too long since I’ve written a meaningful blog post. I have any number of excuses… the new job is a bit of a time suck (it is), I’ve quit following most of the SLP pages on Facebook (I have) so I don’t have my fingers in as many issues for inspiration (absolutely true)… But if I’m completely honest, none of those are why I haven’t written a post. Continue reading
Have you noticed how things in the field just aren’t getting any easier? Hospitals and SNFs are still requiring ridiculous productivity…school SLPs still have ridiculous caseloads…and the scope of practice just gets bigger and bigger while the Code of Ethics gets longer and longer. Where is it going to end?
Unfortunately, these ever increasing demands are a vicious cycle. More and more SLPs are leaving the field – not just changing from schools to SNF or Hospital to Schools or private practice…but leaving completely. Burned out. Now, when I talk to different faculty, they comment that we’re not going into the field for a life-time career…but rather a temporary career of 10-15 years…When I talk to SLPs, they say they’re burned out and just can’t do it anymore. For some the joy of helping others is still there…but it seems to be diminishing more and more. Something has to change…but what? How can I affect that change?
For a couple of years now, I have been reminded of a conversation I had on Facebook regarding a certain well-known therapy technique. During the course of this conversation, several private practice SLPs (and a couple school-based SLPs) stated they (and I’m paraphrasing) didn’t care if a product was evidence based because … Continue reading