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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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Interdisciplinary Care Interview Part 3: 5 things a Hospitalist wants the SLP to know with Dr MiLinda Nimmo Zabramba

Our jobs as SLPs are important, as are the roles of all other members of the care team. Perhaps the most instrumental is the physician that directs and coordinates the care of a host of specialists that can properly evaluate, diagnose, and treat the patients. A respectful and healthy relationship is supremely important with the [...]

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Interdisciplinary Care Interview Part 2: Occupational Therapist, Sarah Wilguess

Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work”. In our interdisciplinary blog series we explore perspectives from a variety of disciplines with whom we often interact to see how we as SLPs can improve our communication [...]

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