The Missing Link for SLPs Podcasts

These podcasts are taken from interviews of people within the SLP community and feature insightful life lessons, sage advice, and stories presented to help you improve your SLP career. Check back each week for more!

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The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 128 ASHA Big 9 Series #15: Meet the Surgeon: Voice Feminization Surgery Explained for Patients and Therapists #1

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 128 ASHA Big 9 Series #15: Meet the Surgeon: Voice Feminization Surgery Explained for Patients and Therapists #1

Want to know more about transgender voice feminization and gender affirmation surgery? In this first episode in a new mini-series, Mr Chadwan Al Yaghchi, Consultant Surgeon, gives us insight into the surgical processes involved. He talks about pre-op, post-op, recovery time, what to expect in terms of end results, and the importance of good resources and working in conjunction with speech language therapists and other health professionals.
For patients, Mr Al Yaghachi covers the steps to take in finding a surgeon and your team. For therapists, he has great suggestions for getting to know exactly what surgeons do.

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 127 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Learnings from the Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 127 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Learnings from the Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series

In this last episode in this Day in the Life of a School Based series, Katie Widestrom-Landgraf and Mattie Murrey-Tegels reflect on what they gleaned from the conversations and guests.
Hear what they expected going into the series, their highlights, what resonated between fields, and why it’s important to talk about the upsides and challenges in the roles of SLPs.

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 126 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14:  Finding joy and balance as a manager and a practitioner in public schools

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 126 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Finding joy and balance as a manager and a practitioner in public schools

In this episode, Dr Jill Rentmeester-Disher, a manager in the Minnesota public school system, talks with Katie Widestrom-Landgraf about how she finds joy and balance in her work. Not only does she work on the management side, she is also hands-on with a caseload.
Jill speaks of her interest in implementation science and using evidence-based practices to work with diverse caseloads and multilingual communities. She also talks about the importance of professional growth for practitioners from a managerial perspective, along with current staffing issues within the SLP field.

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 125 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Being overloaded as a school based SLP and how to turn it around!

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 125 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Being overloaded as a school based SLP and how to turn it around!

Today’s guest, Ebony Green, has made it her business to help other SLPs get a fair deal in school based settings! Ebony speaks openly and honestly about the challenges she faced as a school based SLP and the situation that led to her leaving direct employment and moving into contract work – ultimately leading to her speciality and expertise as the “SLP Contracts Queen”! A strong advocate for change, Ebony speaks about the importance of being happy in your work as an SLP, and having the flexibility to be able to work creatively and innovatively as a therapist.

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 124 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Push-in versus Pull-in, Scheduling, Student Buy-In and Related Service in Middle School!

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 124 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Push-in versus Pull-in, Scheduling, Student Buy-In and Related Service in Middle School!

Having experienced being a school based SLP from early intervention through to programs for students up to 22 years old, today’s guest, Bridget Karp, now works in a middle school and is loving it! In this episode, Bridget talks with Katie Widestrom-Langraf about her individual and group work with autistic, medically fragile students, and resource classes. She talks about the benefits and challenges of using push-in and pull-out models, what services she provides, what she’s learning more about as she needs to, and challenges around scheduling, student buy-in and managing workload. Bridget and Katie also discuss SLPs provisions of “related services” under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 123 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Managing your caseload, data, and end goal of exiting your students!

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 123 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Managing your caseload, data, and end goal of exiting your students!

Today’s guest, Michele Rothstein, always knew that a school based SLP role was for her. Michelle has a passion for autistic students, and works as a “department of one” in an elementary school in Philadelphia. Michelle 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.

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 122 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Working across age ranges in a small bilingual school with Breeah Carey #9

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 122 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Working across age ranges in a small bilingual school with Breeah Carey #9

In this episode, we talk with Breeah Carey, an SLP truly loving her work as a contract school based therapist in a small bilingual school of 200 students. She talks about how she works with students from pre-K right through to eighth grade, their parents, and their teachers.
Big on relationship building, Breeah speaks about, especially after post-pandemic isolation, the importance of helping her little ones build relationships and communication skills with others to help improve overall quality of life. She also talks about how she had to learn additional skills to also work in private practice, and the benefits of social media for SLPS.

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 121 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Learnings and Insight from Transitioned School Based SLP with Renee Brown, The Busy Speech Mom #8

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 121 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Learnings and Insight from Transitioned School Based SLP with Renee Brown, The Busy Speech Mom #8

In this episode, you’ll hear Renee Brown talking with Katie Widestrom-Landgraf about how she took up an opportunity to switch from being a medical SLP to being school based. Renee talks about aspects of being a school based SLP that she needed to relearn and update to meet current practice. She also talks about what’s worked for her to work collaboratively with teachers, and other duties SLPs may find themselves tasked with in the school setting. A therapist who takes a holistic child led approach, Renee talks about the importance of advocacy not just for students, but also yourself, and the SLP profession.

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 120 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Being a School and Private Practice SLP #7

The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 120 A Day in the Life of a School-Based SLP Series #14: Being a School and Private Practice SLP #7

Our guest for this episode, Noelle Scolieri, works in both private practice and schools. Noelle talks about how she learned to adapt to the expectations of being an SLP as a grad student versus the reality in the job, and working long days. Hear how being a graduate student at the start of the pandemic and being unable to go to planned placements ultimately has led her to finding a niche in teletherapy. Noelle also shares some great tips on how to manage challenges such as attendance and no-show issues, leading an IEP meeting, and working effectively with other school-based professions.

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