SLP Self-Care Tip: Incorporate Your Interests

October is ADHD awareness month and while I talked about incorporating your patients’ interests in my other post, in this post I wanted to include a related self-care tip: “incorporate your interest.” Individuals with ADHD experience hyperfocus with their interests and “hypo-focus” with many things outside their interests. For this reason, incorporating interests can be …

ADHD & Speech-Language Pathology

October is ADHD awareness month! I actually learned very little about ADHD and communication as a graduate student and it wasn’t until I began seeing lots of patients with ADHD that I started to wonder about the connection between the disorder and speech and langauge. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to work with psychologists …

SLP Self-Care Tip: UNPLUG!

In the fall of 2020, after 6 months of completing all 25 of my weekly appointments through telepractice/telehealth/video calls with my patients’ highest attendance rates recorded, I experienced my first ocular migraine. It was extremely unpleasant and I hoped it was just a fluke. When I had another a couple months later I immediately made …

SLP Self-Care Tip: Take Time Off

“If you listen to your body whisper you won’t have to hear it scream.” Self-care is one of those terms that’s thrown around a lot with a variety of meanings. I can’t say if any meaning is really “wrong,” but to me self-care is less about self-indulgence and more about self-nurturing or even self-regulation. Just …

FREE Vocal Hygiene Handout

As a private practice pediatric SLP I don’t often work on voice. However, I’ve recently had the opportunity to brush up on my voice skills when one of my patients started expressing concern about her “raspy” voice. In her case, it’s something that runs in the family and is exacerbated by poor vocal hygiene so …

Following Directions with Toca Pet Doctor

I’m constantly looking for new and fun ways to work on following directions; especially for my patients who have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, which is best treated by varying activities and tasks. One of my favorite apps to use for any and all speech and language treatment is Toca Pet Doctor. This app isn’t one of the …

How to Screenshare an iPad

I had a terrible realization when I bought a tablet for work: most SLP apps are for iPad! I’d say around 95%! Maybe it just feels that way. For in-person appointments that’s fine now that I own an iPad, but what about telepractice/telehealth/online appointments? Since 50% of my families continue to request online appointments and …