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Can You Repeat That Please? How Impaired Processing and Cognition Impact Telephone Skills and What to Do About It

As a SNF-based SLP I often wonder how my treatment and recommendations generalize to a patient’s home environment when they are discharged - especially those with cognitive-linguistic impairments. I always assess and address, if applicable, medication management, daily math skills and safety/sequencing when using equipment such as walkers and sock aids. While these areas have [...]

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Helping Patients Who Forget Why They Pressed the Call Button

There are few things more frustrating for our patients than waiting to have their needs met. Unfortunately, in the SNF setting, we find this occurs on a regular basis as staff are limited in time and resources to assist in bathing, toileting and dressing. Waiting is an unfortunate truth in skilled nursing facilities, but for [...]

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CFY: How to have a great experience and transition to your first job

THE CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP YEARThe freedom and excitement of beginning your job placement is likely accompanied by some amount of nervous anticipation or even fear. With a good attitude, an open mind, and the solid foundation of knowledge you’ve gained in your graduate program, a CFY should be an exciting endeavor. The following tips will help [...]

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​An Effective Visual Approach to Staff Education For Thickening Supplements

Consider the Audience:As nurses move toward primary care models, a trend placing nurses on the front line for direct patient care, it is imperative that our recommendations as SLPs are simple and easily integrated into our patient’s daily routine. The staff we are working along side will have differing levels of familiarity with thickening liquids [...]

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I Will Never Forget

As an SLP, I’m constantly searching for material to foster my empathy and connection with patients in addition to recommending resources for my patients’ caregivers. I recently stumbled upon a gem, a book by Elaine Pereira (an Occupational Therapist and Certified Dementia and Practitioner Caregiver) entitled, “I Will Never Forget”. It poignantly reminds us of [...]

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SLPs do BIG and Small Things

Whether you are practicing in a small clinic or a large hospital system with complicated TBIs, CVAs, and other neurological processes, you’ve probably done something that has been a BIG moment in your career, along with the daily “stuff” that may seem small. Here’s some examples of big and small things I’ve learned over the [...]

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My Biggest Small Moments as an SLP: Mandi

A lot of our jobs as rehabilitation (or habilitation for those in peds) specialists involves doing many small actions to achieve a bigger result. For example, we exercise muscles repetitively to increase strength. We use language activities to improve communication. We use short term goals to achieve long term goals. We are basically masters of [...]

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Our Story: How Ordinary SLPs Became Inventors

We are asked frequently how we got "here", in this position where we are both working SLPs and now, inventors of an adaptive spoon. Dually intriguing and challenging this process has been step after step of unknowns for the three of us (Megan, Sara, and Mandi) as we each are ordinary SLPs with no background [...]

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Interdisciplinary Care Interview Part 4: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Erin Greene

Welcome to our next interdisciplinary care blog, this time with a focus on advanced nursing! Today's guest is Erin Greene, an Advanced Practice Nurse with 17 years of experience total. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a focus in Neurosciences for the past 8 years. Erin has worked with the following specialties: Neurosurgery, [...]

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It's Toolkit Tuesday Y'All!

       The SLPs at calmslp.com have been very busy developing new printables and they think you'll like what they came-up with for this month. New activities include:Reading Comprehension bundle and individual printables about the quirky holidays in February such as National No-Brainer Day, National Gum Drop Day and Be Humble [...]

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