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SLP Like-a-Boss: Felice Clark, The Dabbling Speechie

SLP Like-a-Boss: Felice Clark, The Dabbling Speechie

SLP Like-a-Boss
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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How do you SLP Like a Boss?
Hearts and hashtags,
School SLP
SLP Time Hack: Streamlining Progress Reports, Dream or Reality?

SLP Time Hack: Streamlining Progress Reports, Dream or Reality?

School SLP Progress Reports

Progress. Reports. Two words that strike the heart of every school SLP with dread and trepidation. They’re tedious and many times we feel like we don’t have enough information to give a clear picture of each student’s communication skills. We end up shuffling post-its and digging for data sheets. No wonder we procrastinate doing them. 

Have you ever asked yourself why doesn’t someone create an accurate, effective way to report progress? 
Guess what? Somebody has.
Sarah Bevier MS, CCC-SLP  and Lisa Kathman MS, CCC-SLP are two school-based SLPs that had a great idea and did something about  it. They are passionate about streamlining SLP workloads so we can spend our time where it counts – with our students.The result is SLP Toolkit, a web-based software program that might just be exactly what you and I have been looking for.SLP Toolkit
When Sarah and Lisa invited me to test SLP toolkit with a six-month subscription, I have to admit I was thrilled. When I realized we live in the same city, I knew we had to meet in person. We agreed on a time and place for lunch. Even though it was kind of like a blind date, we immediately recognized each other from Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Sarah and Lisa are both lovely. So easy to talk to, they are extremely knowledgeable, professional and forward thinking. Last Saturday, sitting on a sunny patio,  over salads and bruschetta we talked about how SLP Toolkit came to be.
SLP Toolkit
Let’s back up to three years ago, Lisa and Sarah, both Arizona State University (ASU ) graduates, were working in the Mesa Public Schools program. They bonded over EET, (The Expanding Expression Tool) talking about how well it was packaged and how it fills a need. While meeting on weekends in Sarah’s craft room to create therapy products, talk soon turned to progress monitoring tools. The original idea was based on collecting data efficiently and accurately. Sarah says it grew from all the things they wished they had when they were starting their school SLP careers.
Lisa tells how they spent the next three years tirelessly researching vocabulary selection and standards as well as careful consideration of developmental milestones. The resulting SLP Toolkit is a comprehensive, leveled progress monitoring tool covering the areas of cognition, speech sound production, expressive/receptive language, voice/resonance, fluency and social language.
Fast forward to January 15, 2016… SLP Toolkit is launched. I asked Sarah and Lisa how they felt on the big day, here is their collective reply..
“Excited, anxious, overwhelmed, relieved, amazed, afraid, elated and proud. We had poured everything into this…and it has been an emotional journey. Prior to starting we had printed out several quotes to remind us to never to let doubt get in our way. Our favorite was ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’, yet we were still shocked that we had actually done it. It’s a terrifying experience but we genuinely believe in SLP Toolkit and the positive impact it can have for SLPs.  We would do it all over again.”
“What would you say to a new or seasoned SLP who’s thinking about getting SLP Toolkit?” I asked. “You’re welcome”  Sarah humorously replied with a laugh. “We did all this work for you. Go on there, explore, use it. There’s no limit to the free trial. You have access to all the tools for up to five students to get a good picture of how it works.”
Lisa added “It’s about less paper, less anxiety…we created this for you, we are just sharing it.”
Are you intrigued? I know I am.
The amount of research, knowledge and love that have gone into the creation of SLP Toolkit is impressive.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lisa and Sarah; I love our SLP community.
So here’s what’s next…
Click on this link to see for yourself what SLP Toolkit is all about. This is where you can get your free trial for up to five students, kind of like driving a car before you buy it. . A full subscription is $19 a month or $180 annually.
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The SLP Toolkit blog is also full of information and video tutorials, so go look into that as well.You’re going to be excited when you see what it can do. So far, I have created my caseload and used the goal bank, (which is so user-friendly). But I’ll talk more about that next week.
In the second part of this series, I’ll report back to you all about my experience using SLP Toolkit to do this quarter’s progress reports.  I’ll also be posting little videos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so make sure to follow me by clicking on the links.
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Can’t wait to report back to you!
School SLP
P.S. (Disclaimer: While Lisa and Sarah gave me a six month subscription at no cost, all of the opinions here are strictly my own).

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