Friday, January 1, 2016

15 Speech-Language Pathology Organizations

Image by Inventorseye (2012)

Happy New Year Speechies! With the New Year amongst us, it is the perfect time to make resolutions. One of my resolutions is to become better connected to organizations that will help me develop into a stronger speech-language pathologist. Some of you may have similar goals. Therefore, I present 15 speech-language pathology related organizations/communities that may help you reach your goals in 2016!

1.     American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology ~

2.     American Speech Language and Hearing Association ~

3.     Apraxia-KIDS ~

4.     Hearing Loss Association of America ~

5.     International Association of Laryngectomees ~

6.     International Clinical Phonetics and Linguistics Association ~ 

7.     International Dyslexia Association ~

8.     Local State Organization ~ has provided a list of all organizations in the USA ~

9.     National Aphasia Association ~

10.  National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing ~

11.  National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders ~

12.  National Student Speech Language Hearing Association ~

13.  National Stuttering Foundation ~

14.  United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication ~

15.  Web Whispers ~

The organizations are presented in alphabetical order. If you know of additional organizations or communities please leave a copy of the link in a comment!


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Ultimate Holiday List for a Speech-Language Pathologist

Are you looking for the perfect Holiday gift for a Speech-Language Pathologist that you know? Whether you are a mom or dad celebrating your future grads success or if you are looking for a gift for your co-worker here are some ideas that may help!

1.    ASHA Membership
The perfect gift for your future speech-language pathologist is definitely the Gift to the Grad from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association! After graduating with your Masters or Doctoral degree a little help with membership cost to our national association is more then amazing! For more details check out

2.    Continuing Education
Every SLP is required to maintain a certain number of continuing education hours per ASHA and state license. If you happen to know a specific course your SLP is interested in helping with the course tuition is always helpful. If you are unsure any of the listed websites allow for online continuing education!
a. - $99 per year for unlimited CEU’s on a wide variety of topics!

b. - costs vary depending on the course. Dr. Eric Blicker is the owner of this website and is a top-notch Speech-Language Pathologist! I would recommend all of his courses!

c. - individual courses starting at $39/year, standard prescription at $89/year, premium package for $189/year, and group packages for $175/year. Wide variety of courses provided! Use the code Happy Holiday to receive $20 off Premium memberships or Extreme Bootcamp until December 31st!

d. - over 85 online CEU available!

3.    Dysphagia Cookbooks
If you are a dysphagia fan like I am then I know your SLP will go crazy over the following dysphagia cookbooks! These cookbooks were recommended by the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders
a.     Soft Foods for Easier Eating Cookbook by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. and Leah Gilbert-Henderson, Ph.D. 
                                             ii.     Price range from $3.67- $10.15 on

b.     Down Easy: A cookbook for those with swallowing difficulties by Judy Best.
                                             ii.     Prices range from $10.35-$14.36 on

c.     Easy-to-Swallow, Easy-to-Chew Cookbook by Donna L. Weihofen, R.D., M.S, JoAnne Robbins, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Paula A. Sullivan, M.S., CCC-SLP.
                                             ii.     Prices range from $3.13 - $11.00 on

d.     The Dysphagia Cookbook by Elayne Achilles, Ed.D. 
                                             ii.     Prices range from $4.78 - $11.48

4.    Therapy Materials
Looking for great assessments and treatment materials? These are some of my favorite places to shop!

5.    SLP Garb
You have do to a bit of digging to find the e-catalog but well worth it!

Café Press has created some great coffee mugs and travel mugs for speech-language pathologists! The perfect stocking stuffer!
Here you will find some great SLP apparel!

Wishing all of you the happiest holidays
and a happy new year!!!


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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Research Design ~ Nova Dissertation

(Kia, 2015)

There are several different types of research designs available: experimental, correlational, survey, grounded, ethnographic, narrative, mixed methods, and action (Creswell, 2014). It may feel overwhelming deciding on the type of research design one may utilize in an experiment. Within my research I have decided that a correlational design fits best. I determined this by asking myself “what is the goal of my research?” I want to compare diet recommendations and compensatory strategies from the modified barium swallow study (MBS) and the fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallow (FEES). Creswell (2014) reported that there are two types of correlational designs: explanatory and prediction. An explanatory design relates/compares two or more variables within a study while a prediction design focuses on variables that will predict an outcome (Creswell, 2014). I feel that my research is an explanatory design due to only comparing the outcomes of two instrumental swallowing assessments.

Purpose Statement
            The purpose of this study is to determine the intra-rater reliability of the MBS and the FEES for measuring diet recommendations and compensatory strategies in patients with and without dysphagia.

Research Questions
            The following questions will guide this study.

How do diet recommendations evaluated through MBS compare to diet recommendations evaluated through FEES?

How do recommended compensatory strategies evaluated through MBS compare to recommended compensatory strategies evaluated through FEES?

What is the intra-rater reliability of diet recommendations and compensatory strategies evaluated through the MBS and FEES in individuals with dysphagia?

What is the intra-rater reliability of diet recommendations and compensatory strategies evaluated through MBS and FEES in individuals without dysphagia?

How does the intra-rater reliability of diet recommendations and compensatory strategies evaluated through MBS and FEES in individuals with dysphagia compare to the intra-rater reliability in individuals without dysphagia?


Creswell, J. W. (2014). Educational research: Planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (5 ed.). Boston: Pearson Education.

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