The Speech Science Podcast

Financially Smart SLPs, Neurodiversity at Grad-School, and Text vs Picture Only AAC

April 18, 2021

Michael, Matt, and Michelle did a live Facebook test before this week’s episode to identify doing future shows live!    Mike and his newborn experienced her first round of shots this week and the impact of being a father and a therapist.  Michelle ramps back up for therapy in a new state.  Matt looks at his last 33 days of school therapy and any missed therapy sessions.  A question was posed on the Discord if all schools take comprehensive exams, the crew discusses their experience with “comps.”


On today’s show, we look at graduate program looking at a neurodiversity specialty, we look at the comparison between pictures and pictures with text for AAC users, a look at ASHA, the Informed SLP tells us about a new tool for dysphagia and FEES, and the Speech News Headlines.   Michelle sat down with Craig Goldslager of Utterly Financial and looks at what SLPs need to know financially.   


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Topic #1:  Kean University has recently offered a new program to allow for graduate students to specialize in neurodiversity.  As our profession continues to look at a clinical doctorate, should all programs look to offer more specialization?


Topic 2: Should an AAC device have text or pictures or both?  A recent small introductory study looked at the generalization of both and which may be best for AAC users.        


The Informed SLP: There’s a promising new tool for you to objectively measure pharyngeal retention on your studies that’s easy to learn and use.


Interview: Michelle sat down with Craig Goldslager of Utterly Financial and looks at what SLPs need to know financially.   Craig takes a deep dive into the financial needs of SLPs and he speaks from experience, his wife is an SLP.  Craig is launching his own Podcast to look at the financial sides of being a therapist.  




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Intro Music: Please Listen Carefully by Jahzzar is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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The Informed SLP: At The Count by Broke For Free is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License

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Neurodiversity Programming


AAC and Text


Utterly Financial



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