The Missing Link for SLPs
Want to Meet a Messy SLP with a Sense of Humor? {SLP Spotlight}

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Meet Dani Newcombe, known online as The Messy SLP. Dani works in a pediatric setting and spends her time online connecting with other speech-language pathologists through her Instagram Reels. A firm believer in using humor and positivity to approach her work, Dani dives into why she became an SLP in the first place, how she copes with the challenges of the field, and why she believes it’s so important to cling to your “why.”

Discussion & Reflection Questions

  1. Tell us who you are as a speech-language pathologist, your story of origin, and who you are as a person.
  2. You make Instagram Reels about being an SLP. Can you tell us a little about your Reels?
  3. One of the great things about being an SLP is the number of opportunities in this field. What advice would you offer new speech pathologists looking to find some of those opportunities?
  4. As the Messy SLP on Instagram, you’re well known for your perspective and humor. How do you keep that positive mindset?
  5. What have been your biggest challenges or frustrations as an SLP? 
  6. What words of advice do you have for being a happy and successful speech pathologist?

Quote of the Conversation

“To me, that’s success. I’m doing what I love. I’m doing what I love and I’m being successful in it, meaning my patients, my students, my clients are all making progress. So, cling to your why.

– Dani Newcombe

Dani Newcombe, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner of The Messy SLP, LLC. Dani Newcombe is a licensed speech-language pathologist practicing in South Bend, IN. In her relatively short time as an SLP, she has worked in different settings, including a pediatric feeding and swallowing clinic, ABA therapy center, skilled nursing facility, and now an elementary school. Dani is the owner of the newly established The Messy SLP, LLC. She uses her Instagram to connect with other professionals and collaborate with those she encounters. She loves talking with grad students and new grads about being a “real world” SLP and shedding light on the different aspects of the job.

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Dani Newcombe, MS, CCC-SLP

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