Today’s guest, Michele Rothstein, always knew that a school based SLP role was for her. Michele has a passion for autistic students, and works as a “department of one” in an elementary school in Philadelphia. Michele stresses the importance of caseload management, and speaks about adapting services to meet student needs. She explains how she balances treatment with data collection and record keeping requirements. She also talks about how she prepares parents for the ultimate end goal of their child’s exit from her SLP services, sometimes after years of working with them.
Discussion & Reflection Question
- How do you manage and balance treatment and data collection?
- Do you have a strategy for working with parents to help them understand an SLPs role, goals, and timeframes of working with their children?
- Are there ways you could potentially manage and plan caseload numbers by taking into consideration students that may be ready to reduce services or be discharged over time?
- Can you think of any magic kids or magic moments that remind you about what’s great about being a school based SLP?
- If you’re thinking about becoming a school based SLP, have you thought about the relationship aspect of the long term connections with kids and their families?
If you think you have an interest in working with children, and you are somebody that thrives on being able to establish a connection over a longer period of time, try it. I would encourage any new therapist, or even a therapist that’s been in the field forever that’s looking for something different, to try the schools. It’s an excellent job.
– Michele Rothstein
Michele Rothstein, MA, CCC-SLP
Michele Rothstein is a school-based Speech Pathologist working full-time in an elementary school for students K-6 while running SLP Madness. She serves as a coach for school-based SLPs to help them meet the ever-growing demands of their caseload while meeting the needs of their students. Michele strives to provide high quality treatment based on the strong connections she has with her students and their families. Michele believes that therapy success stems from strong caseload management and accurate data collection. In her 23 years as a school-based Speech Pathologist, Michele has served as her department Coordinator, as well as an Instructional Technology consultant to the other therapists in her school district. Outside of work, Michele is a mom to a teenage daughter. She is a fitness instructor who loves teaching step aerobics. Family and fitness occupy her time when she is not working at school or coaching other SLPs through SLP Madness.
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Katie Widestrom-Landgraf, MS, CCC-SLP
Katie is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in both medical and educational settings for over 20 years. She presently works with adolescents in a large suburban high school.
Katie is a past president of the Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association (MNSHA). She has collaborated with the MN Dept. of Education to expand the understanding of oral language as critical neurodevelopmental infrastructure for academic achievement processes.
Katie is most passionate about helping students develop their language skills as a tool for thought, wonderment, questioning and curiosity…and of course communication. When Katie is not working with the students on her caseload, she is still working with students to develop their communication and self-expression as a high school forensics coach.
Katie enjoys great conversations and connections where one loses a sense of time, fabulous dining experiences, transcendent cups of coffee and books that are so good she negotiates with her alarm clock so that she might finish just one more chapter.
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“What’s interesting is that there are always unique tidbits, and differences, and details in these interviews. There’s also these through lines, and connection is one of those through lines. We do have the benefit of getting to know these other developing amazing humans, not just for a week, or for a month, but in many cases for years.”
– Katie Widestrom-Landgraf
Mattie Murrey Tegel, MA, CCC-SLP, L, CPC, CLSC
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Founder of Fresh SLP
Mattie Murrey-Tegels is the founder and SLP behind Fresh SLP and The Missing Link for SLPs Podcast. She’s been “in-the-trenches” as a medical SLP around the world for over 25 years and now an Assistant Professor for 3 years. She is thrilled to be adding this dream of a podcast because paying her experiences forward is something she is very passionate about. If you ask her patients and students, one thing they will remember is how much she loves her job! She may not look like it but she is a huge introvert and when she is not actively working as an SLP, she is almost always reading, writing (writing over 1,000,000 words a year), or listening to amazing Chicago Blues bands. She also loves being outdoors and definitely enjoys soaking up the sun at her home in Minnesota, where warm and sunny days can be limited. She’s ridden motorcycles for many years, raced sled dogs, hiked huge mountains yet she cherishes the quiet moments of climbing into a hammock to nap or timeless conversations with friends and family.
The Missing Link for SLPs podcast and Fresh SLP is her legacy, giving back to a career that has so richly rewarded her.
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