What’s SLP Like a Boss? An SLP boss is professional, compassionate, organized and Inspirational with a capital “I”. An SLP boss gets things done! In this series I’m interviewing SLP boss women who work by day as SLPs , but at night (and on weekends) they are business builders, advocates, huggers, tear-wipers, encouragers and creators. These are strong, amazing women that I admire and am happy to call Friend.
Today our SLP Boss Lady is my friend Sara Wu. I met Sarah in Las Vegas last summer at the Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) Seller’s Conference. (I met so many great people there.) We also share the blog Speech Spotlight, along with seven other fabulous speech language pathologists.
Sarah is a powerhouse bilingual SLP. Not only is she bilingual (speaking fluent Spanish), but she has a Chinese last name (Wu), and is a dual citizen(she was born in Australia). Sarah is mother to two young boys and still finds the time to create bilingual therapy materials for her TPT store AND to blog weekly. I love her thought provoking, helpful and insightful blog posts. She writes “evergreen” content that you’ll want to bookmark and share with your friends. I’ll put a link to her blog and TPT store at the end of this post for you.
I write this series because I feel we can all make our practice as SLPs better and stronger by connecting with other SLPs. It’s also really interesting to see what other SLPs are using in therapy and what advice they have to share.
So let’s dive in and see what we can learn about Sarah.
Tell me about yourself in seven words: Joyful, fun, silly, smart, mischievious, mother, and writer.
Where did you go to grad school?: Northwestern University.
What are your top three SLP must haves (other than your own amazing materials)?: My clipboard, my laptop, and big foam dice.
What do you love most about what you do?: Helping my students reach their potential. I think the students I work with have so much potential that’s hard to see. So many of them speak Spanish only and they’re learning English. I work with them exclusively in Spanish until they are ready to move on to English.
Tell me your advice for the newly minted SLP: It’s important to take risks. I don’t think it’s something women are encouraged to do. Don’t just take the safe path, not just the easiest or the closest. Don’t settle. Do what you have to do to go for it. I’ve always made sure I feel one hundred percent about where I work. If you don’t, it’s worth it to take a leap.
Tell me about your blog: I like to make sure that it’s useful and important to SLPs. I blog about being bi-lingual. I talk about topics instead of products.
Tell me about your TPT store: I’m creating the Spanish products I can’t find anywhere else. Sometimes I don’t care for the word choices of commercially produced items. It’s not just Spanish, I have English products too, and bilingual. They’re so much fun to create.
What SLP-boss inspires you? Natalie Snyders. Her products are very evidence based and well researched. And she has the gift of connecting other SLPs through facebook. My hat is off to her.
What is your favorite children’s book? Charlotte’s Web
What about picture books? La Oruga May Hambrienta (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
So now you know a little more about one of our fellow SLPeeps and SLP Like a Boss Sara Wu. I hope you feel inspired and connected, I know I do.
Who inspires you to SLP Like a Boss? Would you like to suggest an SLP for me to interview? Let me know in the comments OR email me at email@example.com.
Until next time,
So I have a confession to make…my Better Hearing and Speech Month poster and handout never got posted or handed out at my school this year.
What?! I know… (big sigh)
Here’s what I pictured. Laminated poster in the staff room, copy in all staff mailboxes with a cute saying and some candy. Then, everyone says, “wow, thanks Anne. That was really informative.” I post a nice pic of it on Instagram and feel like SuperSLP.
Here’s what really happened. I hit print for my handout and then walked to the staff room where the color printer is located (which is two buildings away) to get my copies. Got error message that printer needed toner cartridge. I checked with school secretary and she told me toner would arrive the next day.
I tried again the next day and my passcode no longer worked. I retried and walked to the staff room two more times. Meanwhile, I had all my year-end things to do.
Please note that our year end is May 22. The teachers are busy, tired and frazzled. I am busy, tired and frazzled. I know they are not going to ready my handout now. (There’s something to be said for timing).
So….I made an executive decision.
I told myself ( for the one billionth time) that I don’t need to be perfect. I thought about my teacher friends and what they needed at this time of year.
I grabbed a few dozen Bosa Donuts ( soooo delicious) on my way to work last Friday, made a cute sign promoting Better Hearing and Speech Month, put them in the staff room and called it a day.
Once again, “done is better than perfect”.
Of course, I still want to give them the handout because it’s good stuff (that can be really helpful). But, I can do that in August when we’re all refreshed and ready to go. I’ll just rename the handout then.
For your very own copy of my Better Speech and Hearing month poster/handout click here.
I know many of you are winding down for the end of the year. It can be a crazy demanding time.
Remember you don’t have to do it perfectly.
SLP Like a Boss (a real one, not a perfect one)
P. S. For more SLP True Confessions read this great article by my friend Sarah “Confessions of a School Based SLP”
Dear young school SLP,
Congratulations on your graduation-you made it! I know it wasn’t easy. But you did it. You are the proud owner of a masters degree in speech language pathology.
Make sure you get a beautiful frame for your diploma-show it the respect it deserves. Celebrate and take a little time to relax. No more tests, finals or studying for the Praxis. No more research papers, at least not for a while.
You are starting an amazing journey. I’m sure you’ve had a taste of it through clinics and internships. Clinical fellowship is next. A time to jump in with both feet with a mentor who will have your back.
This job will delight you and at times exhaust you, but should never bore you.
You are now life changer.
You will connect with parents during times of doubt and vulnerability. You will teach them ways they can help their child. You will laugh with them and most probably you will cry with them.
You’ll have some great triumphs. Like the first time a previously nonverbal child speaks. You’ll have some epic disappointments. Because you care, you’ll feel the highs and the lows and all the emotions in between. And you wouldn’t have it any other way.
You will try all kinds of therapy methods and you’ll keep trying until you find something that works.
You’ll get hugs and high-fives every day. You may be the one person that is a constant source of love for a neglected child. Your heart will be broken. I’m sorry but it will. Maybe by a story a child tells you about his home life or by having your favorite child move without saying goodbye. Or even worse, by having a student die. But you will keep coming back.
You’ll work with so many amazing teachers who inspire you and a few negative teachers who will draw you into their disappointment if you let them. Protect yourself from The Negative Ones.
You will have scheduling challenges and conflicts. At times you’ll be overwhelmed with progress reports and IEP’s. But you’ll figure it out.
Even though you learned so much in grad school, you’ll wonder about all the practical things they didn’t teach you. Remember, you don’t have to do it alone; you’ll find other SLP’s to support you and who’ll share their ideas.
As the years go by, you will shape lives. Yes, you. You are helping children to communicate. You are giving them a voice for their thoughts. And sometimes you are giving them the building blocks to create new thoughts.
You are helping them have rich conversations with friends and giving them strategies that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
It is with honor, laughter, knowledge and kindness that you will guide your students to experience success. You will love it.
Welcome. The world needs you my friend, wishing you all the success you deserve.
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How do you SLP like a boss? Someone who SLPs like a boss, is professional, compassionate, organized and inspirational. An SLP boss gets things done!
In this series I’m interviewing SLP boss women who work by day as speech language pathologists, but at night (and on weekends), they are business builders. I’m talking about running websites, writing blogs and creating therapy materials for their fellow SLPs and teachers. They not only serve as advocates for their clients (students); they are advocates for our profession. These are the strong, amazing women that I admire and who inspire others.
Today I am talking with SLP Boss-lady Felice Clark from the creative website The Dabbling Speechie. You know when you meet someone for the first time and you like them right away? That’s how I felt about Felice. Friendly, funny and smart; she personifies SLP Like A Boss. I met her last year in Las Vegas at the Teachers Pay Teachers Sellers conference and saw her again briefly at the ASHA convention in Denver. Her TPT store features over 165 products. My current favorite is “Help! I Need Social Skills Pack”. Felice is currently working as a school speech language pathologist. Let’s dive in.
Tell me about yourself in seven words: creative, caffeinated, innovative, mommy, story teller, wife, and witty
Where did you go to grad school?: Sacramento State University
What are your top three SLP must haves?: This is tough! Youtube, dry erase plastic pouches, and my magnetic scenes
What do you love most about what you do?: I love planning engaging therapy. I feel like I hit a home run when one of my lessons really helped a student make progress toward one of their goals.
Tell me your advice for the newly minted SLP: Set healthy boundaries for yourself. It’s okay to say “no” to something that you can’t accomplish or finish in a timely manner. It will help you with managing your caseload and ultimately keep your stress down. When I over commit myself, I usually am more grumpy with my colleagues and speech students. If you are taking work home more than 3 days a week, you either don’t have an adequate workload or you aren’t setting limits with your work life.
Tell me about your blog: My website is for busy SLP’s that have limited time to plan and find resources for their students. I find and/or create engaging therapy ideas for those SLP’s that desire to keep a “sparkle” in their speech room.
Tell me about your TPT store: My store has lots of goodies in it! I have a wide variety of resources, but I would say my most popular resources are my social skills packs, grammar sets, no prep activities and my big time saver AAC starter kit for students who are non-verbal or limited verbal. For spring, you need to grab my Nature Walk FREE printable for some outside therapy fun!
What SLP-boss inspires you? That’s hard, there are so many. I always like Nicole Allison’s items and the way she approaches therapy. I admire that she is methodical and the way she takes data. And Natalie Snyder is also very knowledgeable in this area.
What is your favorite children’s book? At the moment, one of my favorite books of all time is Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs.
What about picture books? I love using books in therapy! Some of my favorites for spring are In The Tall, Tall Grass, A Tiny Seed, The Gardener and The Hungry Little Caterpillar.
I really enjoyed catching up with Felice. There’s always something magical about talking to other SLPs, it’s like we’re all a secret society of smart women. To learn more about Felice, check out her website The Dabbling Speechie.
And in case you missed it, here is the article about Kim Lewis
, another SLP Like a Boss.
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Hearts and hashtags,
We speech language pathologists (SLPs) work really hard. We put in long hours, manage billing, write evaluations and keep up with our continuing education. That’s reality.
What keeps us coming back for more every day? For most of us it’s a love story. The ability to help children communicate is a huge gift. From correcting a list to expanding vocabulary to fostering communicative intent, it’s all golden.
I love that I get hugs and high fives everyday. Kids are so real and authentic. I love hearing a previously nonverbal boy say “my turn” in context for the first time. I love hearing a student say “Hi Miss Anne” when he used to say “Hi Mits Aaa”. I love hearing a parent say “Thank you for helping my child.” Most of all, I love the feeling that the work that I do really matters.
Tell me in the comments below why you love your job!
Make time for what you truly want,
How do you SLP like a boss? Someone who SLPs like a boss, is professional, compassionate, organized and inspirational. An SLP boss gets things done!
In this series I’m interviewing SLP boss women who work by day as speech language pathologists, but at night (and on weekends), they are business builders. I’m talking about running websites, writing blogs and creating therapy materials for their fellow SLPs and teachers. They not only serve as advocates for their clients (students); they are advocates for our profession. These are the strong, amazing women that I admire and who inspire.
I am thrilled to kick off this series with the amazing Kim Lewis from the award winning blog Activity Tailor
. Just two short years ago, Kim was my introduction into the magical world of blogging and Teachers Pay Teachers. Her products are innovating, creative and kids love them. Kim consistently writes articles and posts that are thought-provoking, helpful and supportive of our SLP/teacher community. She inspires me to strive for the utmost professionalism, to write creatively and to be generous. So let’s dive right in to my interview.
Tell me about yourself in seven words: “Creative, passionate, determined, hard-working, big picture.”
Where did you go to grad school?: University of Virginia
What are your top three SLP must haves (other than your own amazing materials)?
: “I use miniatures, little plastic animals and common objects all the time. Play-mobile Advent calendars and the bins at Party City are two of my resources. I use them with a big tupper-ware container full of magic sand. I do use the iPad a lot for articulation drill and for motivation. But I try to limit the screen time and not just use the iPad during the session.” Here are Kim’s most used TPT materials: Listening Skills Resource Pack
by Crazy Speech World, Therapy Popcorn R Articulation
by Speech Therapy 101, Articulation for Reading and Conversation
by Nicole Allison, Articulation Menus
by Speech Musings, and Fluency Treatment Pack
by Lauren LaCour.
What do you love most about what you do?“The kids that I see are all mildly to moderately impaired. I like tweaking what I’m doing with each child to fit their needs and interests. These are kids that really need to know how to advocate for themselves.”
Tell me your advice for the newly minted SLP: “Keep learning. Read. Attend a lot of CEUs. Keep asking questions.”
Tell me about your blog: “I get a lot of pleasure and relaxation in writing. I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of writing for the ASHA Leader. This is a fun, creative outlet…it’s a mix of musings and easy to implement activities.”
Tell me about your TPT store: “I focus on products that I need and use regularly. There’s not a lot of cutesy stuff, the kids I work with don’t want items they think are “babyish”. I try to avoid a lot of visual distractions because of my kids with attention difficulties. I like visually clean materials.”
What SLP-boss inspires you?:
“Amy at 3DSLP
. She is so passionate about what she’s doing. Her subscription boxes have great attention to detail. She’s a true entrepreneur. And what she’s doing is so different from what I do. She works with voice and even does endoscopies.”
What is your favorite children’s book?:“I can’t pick just one. I like a lot of the young adult books. Secret Garden. Charlotte’s Web; I read that till there were practically no pages left. Mandy is a book by Julie Edwards, who is THE Julie Andrews. I was trying to remember the book to recommend to my daughter and I loved it when she discovered it on her own.”
What about picture books? “Chrysanthemum and Lily’s Plastic Purse are some of my favorites.”
Inspirational right? Thank you so much to Kim for taking to time to chat with me and continuing to inspire me. I’m am looking forward to when our paths cross again.
Who inspires YOU to be your best? Leave a note below in the comments, I’d love to know.
SLP like a boss,
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