Lessons in Social Skills…

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!

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Time and Change

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

Prompts, Prods, and Panic

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?
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SLP, Code of Ethics, and me…

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

Morals, Ethics, and Responsibilities

Have you ever considered, I mean REALLY considered the responsibility we have to ourselves, our clients, and our profession? Of course you have…

We know we have a responsibility to keep up to date on research, to use evidence based practices in our clinical therapies, and to attempt to track our ever-widening (and often over-reaching) scope of practice…This helps our maintain our responsibility to our clients and profession (sort of).

But what about our responsibility to our fellow clinicians? That one is a bit trickier, isn’t it? Where does OUR responsibility end and THEIR responsibility begin? Is there a distinct line?  Continue reading

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