Time for new…or renew…or…something.

Can you believe it is almost March and Mardi Gras?

mardi_gras_maskIn an effort to stop procrastination (I’m thinking about giving it up for Lent) and be more positive, I am debating on what to be when I grow up. For years, I was content being a school-based speech language pathologist. I was good at it, it was rewarding, and I had a dream position (really…I did!)

Now, I’m working at a university (which is very different, I love teaching new SLPs who to do what I love). This position, while not direct therapy, is also very rewarding. I’m shaping the very fabric of the profession – how awesome is that?  Continue reading

Who is to blame? We are.

I’ve had a post on pseudoscience drifting around in my head for a while now and it just isn’t coming together the way I want. I won’t bore you with the particulars of it, but know that there will be one coming…sometime. In the meantime, while pursuing those elusive thoughts, I’ve been trying to figure out WHY we have such an influx of pseudoscience cropping up.  Continue reading

Grad Schools, SLPs, and Oh My God What if I Don’t Get in!

We have entered that twilight time that most SLPs try hard not to remember… That time of “did I apply to the right places”, “what if I don’t get in,” and “Did I miss the deadline.”

Choosing grad schools to apply to is hard. This is your LIFE you’re talking about after all. It’s not something to be taken lightly. But it is also extremely stressful because … well… it’s your life! So for those upcoming graduates, how do you decide which programs to apply to? For those experienced SLPs, what would you say to them about the pro gram you attended? What are the key things they need to look for in a grad school?

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Adventures with despair,happiness, and change!

No matter where we turn in the last few days, we are surrounded by news on the inauguration, cabinet choices, fashion sense, and people in general expressing great pleasure and equally great despair. On Facebook there are posts proudly proclaiming marching in peaceful protests for women’s rights and/or against the current president (note: they are not necessarily one and the same). There are an equal number of people telling those marching to “get over it.”

There are posts against the president’s pick for cabinet members. There are an equal number of posts saying “give it time, give them a chance.”

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SLPs, Agnotology, and Responsibility

In recent months, the United States has experienced a bit of a shock (now, don’t run away, this isn’t that kind of a political post…I promise). Amidst that shock was the discussion about fake news sites and how frequent sharing of those fake news stories, perpetrated the untruths about various political candidates, etc. Special interest was taken by Facebook and other social media about their role in stopping those fake news sites. What no one seemed to mention is that these fake news stories have been around for a long time. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve used snopes.com to fact check many of those facebook stories that come around every few months for YEARS.

So…what does this have to do with speech-language pathology? Let me explain.
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Hubris, Humor, and Humility

I know…I know…It has been a while since I’ve posted, and for that I apologize. I’d like to blame it on the new work role, or the move to a (much) larger community, or moving 3 times in 1 month…but in reality, the delay has simply been because I haven’t felt that…nudge. I’ve been trying to force a blog post, which never works for me. Today though, today, I felt the nudge that said “YOU NEED TO WRITE ME NOW!!!” So…guess what?  Continue reading