As a Speech-Language Pathologist, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest resources and developments in the field. There are many great podcasts, websites, platforms/tools, and software programs that can help you do just that! In this article, we will discuss some of the top resources for thriving as an SLP. We will start with podcasts, then move on to websites and platforms/tools. Finally, we will end with a discussion of software programs. Stay tuned – you’re about to get a wealth of information!
Types of SLP Resources with links to our favorites
There are several types of resources available to Speech-Language Pathologists. Here are a few of the most popular categories:
1. SLP Podcasts
Podcasts are a great way to stay informed about the latest developments and trends in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Popular podcasts for SLPs include:
- “Speech Therapy Talk”
- “The Speech & Language Connection”
- The SLP Happy Hour Podcast,
- Swallow Your Pride Podcast,
- Making the Shift: Revolutionary Methods for Autistic Kids
These podcasts feature interviews with top experts in the field, discuss the latest research and findings, and offer practical advice for SLPs.
2. Speech-Language Pathology Websites
The field of speech-language pathology is constantly evolving, and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest research and developments. Thankfully, there are a wealth of websites that offer reliable information on a variety of topics related to speech-language pathology.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Learn play Thrive blog – Meg Proctor supports SLP clinicians with autism specific strategies
- Seeds of learning – Tera Sumpter has a membership program that supports learning around executive functioning deficits
- Bjoren Speech Publications – Jennie is most known for her Boom cards and speaking about childhood apraxia.
- Laleo Therapy – Claudia is a wealth of knowledge related to bilingualism and is passionate about breaking the myth that bilingualism causes delays, hint. It does not.
In addition, some websites offer helpful tips and resources for managing a clinical practice, such as treatment plans and documentation templates.
- The independent Clinician – Jena talks all about how to start a private practice, including templates for getting started.
- Private practice SLP – Jill shook helps SLPs with a dream, make that a reality.
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3. Software Programs for Practitioners
Technology has revolutionized the field of therapy, providing new and innovative ways to streamline the therapeutic process. One of the most popular and useful tools for therapists is software programs. These programs offer a variety of features that make it easy to track and manage patient data and assess and monitor progress. Of course not all programs are created equal and serve different functions.
- Therabyte is the practice management software/EMR/EHR specifically designed for SLPs and OTs. Therabyte offers plans that are tailored to SLP side hustlers and those growing small teams. It offers a client portal, scheduler, goal tracker, charting, online booking and intake, secure video and invoicing in one secure and easy-to-use platform!
- SLP Toolkit – supporting SLPs working in schools with data tracking.
- Rethink – for SLPs that work alongside behaviour consultants. ABA specific software.
Therabyte EMR offers a variety of features that make it easy to manage patients, track progress, and document treatment plans. Ultimately, software programs are a valuable tool for therapists and offer a great way to streamline your process and workflow.
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4. Social Media
Social media is one of the most popular ways for people to keep in touch with friends, family, and colleagues. It can also be a great way for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to stay connected with the professional community.
Whether you are just starting out in your career or are an experienced clinician, social media provides a great platform for sharing ideas, discussing current research, and networking with other SLPs. Here are a few of our favorite speech accounts, be sure to follow them.
- @we_communicate – focus on peds
- @deborahbrookslp – share ideas to get kids talking and eating
- @dysphagiadude – Med SLP talking about complex medical care and risk management
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5. Conferences, professional development and continuing education
As a speech-language pathologist, it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest research and trends in the field. One of the best ways to do this is to engage in professional development. This can be accessed in several ways, and with more events moving online, there is greater accessibility for learning.
- Large conferences are great for networking and for general information and updates on research and legislation.
- Webinars typically offer a dive into a specific topic, are presented online and usually short in length, these are great for the busy SLP.
- Online courses are on the rise with more and more popping up everyday. The expansion of online courses is allowing more SLPs to mentor and teach others in less formal settings. Be sure to vet the online courses and be clear on expectations of what you will receive. As many SLPs are A type, our experience has been that these courses are topic notch and over deliver on promises.
Participating in professional development activities can help you maintain your clinical competence and keep your license current. And in some countries, it is required for license registration yearly. Whether you’re just starting your career or have been an SLP for many years, investing in your professional development is always a good idea.
Whether you are looking to learn about new research or simply network with other professionals, conferences and professional development are great ways for speech-language pathologists to stay informed on the latest trends in the field.
As a student or new professional in the field of speech-language pathology, it can be helpful to seek out mentorship from experienced clinicians. Several formal programs are available, such as the Dyer-Simmons Mentoring Program
Finding mentors informally through networking and professional relationships is also possible. A mentorship relationship can provide support and guidance as you navigate your career and help you develop professionally and personally. Mentors can offer advice on everything from building a clinical practice to balancing work and life outside of the clinic. If you want someone to help you grow in your career, consider seeking a mentor. LinkedIn can be a great place to create these relationships. Several practitioners are open to mentoring, so be bold, speak up and ask.
7. Financial Resources
Any speech-language pathologist (SLP) looking to start their own private practice, apply for grant funding, or participate in research studies will need to have access to financial resources. Two of the most popular American resource options for SLPs are grants from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and The American Academy of Private Practice in Speech-Language Pathology (AAPPSLP).
ASHA offers a variety of grants for both individuals and organizations, including support for continuing education, professional development, and new research initiatives. Meanwhile, AAPPSLP provides funding specifically for private practitioners who are looking to start or expand their practices. In addition to these two organizations, many other private and government agencies offer financial resources for speech-language professionals.
Therefore, it is important for any SLP seeking funding to explore all of the available options. With a little bit of research, it is possible to find the perfect source of financial support for any speech-language project or initiative.
8. Professional Organizations
These sites can be an invaluable resource for clinicians looking to stay abreast of new developments in their field and those seeking guidance on advocacy, education, and career development.
For any speech-language pathologist, joining a professional organization is an important step.
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The resources available to SLPs are growing every day, which is great news for those looking to thrive in their field. From podcasts and websites to platforms/tools and software, there are plenty of sources of information that can help you stay on top of the latest developments in speech-language pathology.
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11. Online Communities for SLPs
Social media has revolutionized the way we interact with one another, and online communities have emerged as a result. For speech-language pathologists (SLPs), online communities provide an invaluable opportunity to connect with others who share their interests and to gain support from experienced practitioners.
These communities also offer a wealth of resources, including articles, research studies, and discussion forums. Many SLPs are active members of Therapy Spot, The Speech Space, and Social Connectedness, which are three of the most popular online communities for this profession. Participating in these communities allows SLPs to stay up-to-date on the latest research, get advice from peers, and find support in a safe and welcoming environment.
12. Continuing Education Opportunities
There are many continuing education opportunities available, including webinars, online courses, and conferences. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but all provide a great way to learn new information and network with other professionals.
Webinars are convenient and typically cost-effective, but they can be less engaging than other formats. Online courses are more immersive and provide the opportunity to interact with other students, but they can be expensive and time-consuming.
Conferences are a great way to network and learn from leaders in the field, but they can be pricey and require travel. Ultimately, the best continuing education option is the one that fits your schedule and budget. Whichever option you choose, make sure to take advantage of the many great resources available to help you stay current in your field.