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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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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Frustrations, Fights, and Futility

Every so often, on social media, there’s a resurgence of “old” discussions: caseload vs workload, pseudoscience vs science, baseball vs football (okay, not really or if it is I don’t listen). Usually these resurgences are pretty regular, every 5-6 months or so on twitter and every couple of weeks on Facebook.

A couple of months ago, I created an online survey to ask SLPs about their workload manageability and what they’ve done to alleviate the situation (if it was negative). The results…astounded me…

and saddened me…

and, to be honest, disheartened me. The results are below:

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The Sounds of IPA – Better Hearing and Speech Month Contest!

Yes…I’m late to the game. May is Better Hearing and Speech month and we are going to have a contest! We all like contests, right? Even better when I say that we’re going to have a contest with PRIZES???

Right now, we have four prizes…maybe there will even be a couple more before we’re through. But I can almost guarantee that any one of the four will be fabulous…and it’ll be fun no matter what.

So…want to hear more? Here are the details!

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Advocacy in SLP, part I

Advocacy…Advocacy…who has the Advocacy…

Also known as 7 Habits of the Burnt-Out SLP

In preparation for a new series of posts on advocacy (SLPs and caseloads really), I have decided to repost the July 2012 post on Adventures in Advocacy.  There are two other Advocacy posts here and here. Please take a moment and check them out…They are relevant.

In the not too distant future (hopefully), I will be posting the results of a survey I conducted in April. To say the results were disturbing is an understatement. But…there’s always hope…right?   pulling hair

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Bad Budgets and a Call for Action

Imagine my surprise when I was happily perusing twitter…and I saw a tweet in all caps.

Now, for those of you not in the know…that’s just rude. I mean it’s RUDE! (see…it gets your attention). When the person who tweeted it is near and dear to me and familiar with twitter etiquette or “twitiquette” as I like to call it, I knew it wasn’t rude…it was important.

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