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In this episode of the SLP Now podcast, Marisha dives into the power of working with mixed groups — and her top five tips to foster a supportive group learning environment. From the top, she stresses the importance of adjusting your mindset and embracing the positive aspects of mixed groups in speech therapy. She acknowledges the real challenges associated with mixed groups but also underscores the substantial benefits. While one-on-one therapy is sometimes the best option, there are situations where grouping students becomes a necessity. In Marisha's experience, working in schools with extensive caseloads required her to provide services to multiple students simultaneously. In such settings, there's simply not enough time in the day to accommodate one-on-one therapy for all students. For Marisha, this experience highlighted the value of focusing on the positive aspects of mixed groups, and she found herself incorporating them into her sessions more and more. Marisha highlights that mixed groups can serve as a platform for students to act as valuable role models, enhancing the generalization of skills. Students can scaffold and support each other, creating a dynamic and positive learning environment that's just not possible in one-on-one sessions. In the episode, Marisha covers: How to embrace and lean into the positive aspects of mixed groups Setting up a strong data collection system The importance of preparing your visuals Creating a routine for your sessions Why planning ahead will prevent you from scrambling If a lack of confidence is getting in the way of you making speech therapy magic happen with mixed groups, then this podcast episode is exactly what you need! We hope these tips will help you see the benefits of mixed groups and how they can foster a positive learning experience for your students — so that you can show up and do your best SLP work by working smarter, not harder. Make sure to check out the episode and full show notes — because that’s where you’ll find links to all the resources and tools mentioned. 👇 SHOW NOTES Full show notes at slpnow.com/169
Welcome to another episode of The SLP Now Podcast, where we explore practical strategies and tactics for SLPs to enhance their skills and level up in their career. Today, we're diving into a topic near and dear to our hearts: Making the most of your next SLP conference If you’ve been a podcast listener for a while, you may already know that Marisha is passionate about learning and staying up-to-date with the latest in the world of speech pathology. Whether it's new research, innovative interventions, or creative caseload management techniques, she's always eager to learn more. One of Marisha’s favorite ways to learn and connect with fellow SLPs is by attending conferences. She loves how conferences offer a perfect blend of learning opportunities and the chance to connect with incredible SLPs like you! But even with all her experience attending conferences, Marisha knows that the amount of options and information can sometimes be overwhelming. Should I learn something new, or should I focus on perfecting what I already know? Questions like this can cause some serious stress. That’s why Marisha started developing systems to make the most of these fantastic (albeit sometimes overwhelming and expensive 😅) learning opportunities. In today's episode of the SLP Now podcast, Marisha shares her top three tips to help you make the most of your next SLP conference. In the episode, we cover: Selecting courses that align with your caseload Setting up a smart note-taking system Managing your CEUs like a pro Marisha also shares exactly how she uses tools like Google sheets, Notability, and SLP Now’s caseload-at-a-glance sheet to get the most value out of the SLP conferences she attends. We hope you learn a thing or two (or three!) to help you do the same! SHOW NOTES Find the full show notes and resources mentioned at slpnow.com/168
Are you ready for round two of Marisha’s favorite apps for speech therapy? Last week we talked about using Notability, Cookie Doodle, and Toca Tea Party. This week we’re following up with part two, sharing more apps that can be absolute game changers for speech therapy. The apps Marisha talks about in this episode are: 1. Cough Drop 2. Articulation Station 3. SLP Now! From AAC to speech sound disorders to therapy planning and data collection, we’ve got you covered when it comes to apps that will make your SLP life easier. Head to slpnow.com/167 for this week’s episode, show notes, and links to resources mentioned — and then come say hi on Instagram and let us know your favorite speech therapy apps! SHOW NOTES Full show notes at slpnow.com/167
Technology can be a bit of a double-edged sword for SLPs, right? In the years Marisha has been an SLP, she’s watched a ton of apps come in and out of vogue. But there are a few (aside from SLP Now!) that have stood the test of time, and are a regular part of her speech session rotation — which is what we’re talking about on the latest episode of the podcast! From increasing student engagement to sharing PDFs to repetitive practice, these three apps can make your life as an SLP so much easier: Notability Cookie Doodle Toca Tea Party This episode gets into the nitty gritty of how you can make these apps work for you! Listen in, then come say hi on Instagram (@SLPNow) to share your favorite apps with us. We can’t wait to hear what you’re using! SHOW NOTES Full show notes at slpnow.com/166
Let’s talk about something that scares many SLPs… progress reports. **** Progress reports may make some SLPs sweat, but hopefully there are others (like Marisha!) who think of it as a fun opportunity to celebrate student progress. After all, the point of working smarter is to have more time for the fun stuff, right?! Marisha actually thinks it’s kind of cool to look back at the data and realize how far her students have come. Getting to write up all the progress goodness and share it with the students’ parents is just the sprinkles on the progress cake. At the same time, Marisha knows that the process can be a little bit overwhelming. That's why she wanted share her three step process for writing progress reports and notes on this week’s episode of the podcast. From collecting session data to setting up your progress note template and reviewing goal progress — at the end of this episode, you’ll be just a few clicks away from a stress-free progress reporting experience! SHOW NOTES Full show notes at slpnow.com/165
You set the goal, then what? As SLPs we implicitly “know” the importance of goal awareness, but it’s also something that’s really easy to take for granted. You set the goal, talk about it with the student, and then keep it in mind when you’re in session… but how? Marisha shares her answer to that question in this week’s episode of the podcast, all about increasing goal awareness with your students. She dives into the nitty gritty of how to: Involve students in the goal creation process Make goal cards for (or with!) your students Incorporate the goal cards into your speech routine There is so much research to support goal awareness promoting better outcomes in therapy, and it’s something Marisha has noticed in her own practice too! When she makes a habit of reviewing and talking about students’ goals, she’s fascinated by the impact that goal awareness has on their session engagement and progress. SHOW NOTES Full show notes at slpnow.com/164
Ready to supercharge your speech therapy sessions with 3 simple planning strategies? Then this is the episode for you! When problems feel really big, it’s easy to think we need big strategies to solve them. But often, the simplest thing does the trick! In this episode, Marisha shares 3 practices that have taken her SLP game to the next level: Segmenting your caseload for stress-free planning Harnessing the power of pre-made therapy plans Gathering your must-have materials in advance Put these strategies to work right away — even if you have minimal prep time — and take your therapy planning from “uh-oh” to "I got this." SHOW NOTES Full show notes at slpnow.com/163
In this episode, we dive deep into the art of curating a comprehensive speech therapy library. From handpicking books that resonate with your caseload to the secrets of organization, we've got you covered! Here's what you can expect: Strategic Selection: Discover how to choose books that are easy to read and feature multiple targets, enhancing your therapy sessions. Relevance Matters: The importance of selecting books that mirror the lives and settings of your students for a more impactful learning experience. Organization Essentials: From digital notes to fancy apps, and unique storage solutions, learn how to efficiently organize your library, avoid duplication, and ensure you always have the right book at hand. Bonus: Tips on accessing digital books, from YouTube read-alouds to library resources. SHOW NOTES Full show notes + links to resources mentioned at slpnow.com/162 🔍 Searching for Low-Prep, Evidence-Backed Therapy Units? 🔎 The SLP Now membership offers a library of 4,000+ materials — including assessment and teaching tools — and 400+ therapy plans, making it easier for SLPs to find the right materials and resources. Whether you’re a digital diva or a lamination queen, SLP Now has you covered with activities, visuals, data collection tools, and more. Start your 14-day free trial of SLP Now at slpnow.com/trial!
In this episode of the SLP Now Podcast, we’re going to talk about building your speech therapy materials library. And guess what… it turns out that you don’t need a ton of materials to be an effective SLP! In fact, sometimes less is more — which is why Marisha shares her top three therapy essentials for creating a well-rounded materials library: Probes for Assessment Visuals and Teaching Materials Therapy Units for Practice Feeling overwhelmed by the prospect revamping your routine? Take a deep breath, and remember that you can start small — like by listening to this episode! Marisha reminds listeners that it’s okay to take baby steps to build your materials library. Work gradually, and make meaningful progress instead of trying to fill your space with all the things you think you need, because keeping it simple can save you so much time, energy, and sanity. 🙏 SHOW NOTES Full show notes + links to resources mentioned at slpnow.com/161 🔍 Searching for Low-Prep, Evidence-Backed Therapy Units? 🔎 The SLP Now membership offers a library of 4,000+ materials — including assessment and teaching tools — and 400+ therapy plans, making it easier for SLPs to find the right materials and resources. Whether you’re a digital diva or a lamination queen, SLP Now has you covered with activities, visuals, data collection tools, and more. Start your 14-day free trial of SLP Now at slpnow.com/trial!
For all my SLP organization aficionados out there, join me today as I dive deep into tips and resources that will streamline your paperwork processes, especially for educators and therapists. If you've ever felt overwhelmed by deadlines and data, this episode is tailor-made for you. Let’s get started! In the episode, we cover: Mapping Out Due Dates: Learn how to organize your due dates, from IEPs to evaluations. Organizer & Checklists: Employing a laminated checklist system helps track and manage the progress of individual IEPs. Combined with a hanging file organizer, your paperwork is always organized and at your fingertips. TextExpander: A software that allows you to generate frequently-used texts with shortcuts. Imagine typing in a shortcut and having a full breakdown of an assessment tool appear in your document! Find & Replace Tool: Ensure personalized content like student names and pronouns are correctly inserted, ensuring every document feels tailored. SHOW NOTES Check out the full show notes and transcript at slpnow.com/160
Prepare to revolutionize your approach to data collection in therapy sessions! Marisha is here to share her top five tips to streamline this essential process. In the episode, we cover: Developing a Data Collection Routine: Marisha illustrates how she has structured her sessions for efficient data collection, highlighting the practice of using check-ins and goal cards. Utilizing Collected Data: Discover the power of data-driven sessions to determine whether to initiate a teaching phase or allow students to practice. Gathering the Right Probes: Marisha advocates for a systematic review of student goals and ensuring there is an efficient means to assess progress towards each goal. Organizing Your Probes: Marisha's favorite strategies to keep her probes organized. Practicing and Perfecting the Routine: How to start with establishing routines like and then layering on probes as therapists and students become more accustomed. SHOW NOTES Check out the full show notes and transcript at slpnow.com/159
Having a routine to rely on in therapy sessions can be an invaluable support for SLPs at every stage of their career and caseloads. But some folks can be a tad hesitant when it comes to the idea of more structure. Marisha wants to assure you that using a framework isn't about creating a checklist and following it mindlessly; it's about having a framework for your therapy sessions so that your work (and life!) feels easier. And of course, there is tons of research to support the benefits of incorporating routines into therapy. Implementing a routine frees up cognitive resources that would be spent trying to figure out what's next in the session — and this applies to students and SLPs. Just think about what you could do with that freed up brain power! In the episode, Marisha shares the five step framework she uses to structure her therapy sessions: Check in Assess Teach Practice Wrap up Marisha gives details about why each step matters, offers examples of the framework in practice, and illustrates ways that clinical experience + judgment inform the application.
Get ready to party with a twist as Marisha spills the beans on a unique strategy that could reshape your SLP life — the scheduling party! It might just be the key to turning scheduling from a headache into a collaborative and enjoyable experience for school-based SLPs. Join Marisha in this episode to learn how scheduling parties can revolutionize the way you handle school scheduling. From empowering teachers to pick their slots to fostering a seamless coordination process, Marisha's approach promises more than efficiency – it creates a more connected and productive school environment. In the episode, we cover: Making a Paradigm Shift. Marisha introduces the concept of the scheduling party, which might change the way you approach scheduling forever. Get ready to gain control of your schedule and actually enjoy the process! The Scheduling Party Unveiled. Discover the logistics of hosting a scheduling party. Marisha explains how she brings teachers together to collaboratively create a schedule that benefits everyone involved. Why It Works. Find out how this approach empowers teachers to choose their preferred time slots, fostering a sense of ownership and making sticking to the schedule a breeze. Preparing For a Successful Party. Marisha breaks down the essentials you'll need for a successful scheduling party. From poster boards and sticky notes to donuts and coffee, she's got you covered. Creating a Positive Start. Learn why the scheduling party isn't just about organizing your calendar – it's also a fantastic opportunity to connect with teachers and start the school year on a positive note. SHOW NOTES Check out the full show notes and transcript at slpnow.com/157
🎙️ 5 Tips for SLPs Going Back to School Welcome back to the SLP Now Podcast! In this episode, Marisha shares five practical strategies to help you ace your first week back to school. 💪 Key Takeaways: Start Strong. Marisha provides tips to help you start your school year on a positive note because a successful first week paves the way for a successful year. Efficiency Matters. Learn about five essential tasks to tackle your first week, and how to manage them without feeling overwhelmed. Build Relationships. Marisha emphasizes the importance of connecting with colleagues and parents from the start. Caseload Management. Marisha shares her best practices for gathering caseload information and ensuring no student is overlooked. Scheduling Prep. Practical strategies for handling paperwork and scheduling are essential. Marisha will help you learn how to prep your schedule and efficiently review students' files. There’s no need for the start-of-school-scaries, SLP! Marisha is here to be your trusty guide, and help you master your first week back in the classroom. For more details and insights, listen to the full episode at SLPnow.com/156 — and stay tuned for upcoming episodes covering paperwork, data collection, and more!
Start Your School Year with the Right Mindset Join Marisha as she kicks off a four-part series filled with valuable back-to-school tips to make your school year smoother. 💪 In this episode, Marisha introduces SLPs to the foundation of a successful year: mindset. She understands the struggles that SLPs face when heading back to school — with the changes in routine and the upcoming challenges on our caseloads, there’s no shortage of excitement in the months to come. Marisha shares the magic of creating a personal manifesto to empower and inspire you, and we hope the advice in this episode will help you embrace your role as an SLP with confidence. EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS Starting on the Right Foot. Marisha introduces the exciting series, starting with the key ingredient: mindset. Facing the Challenges. Understand the shared struggles SLPs face, and how a positive mindset can be your ultimate tool. Crafting Your 'Why' Statement. Discover the power of creating a personal manifesto. Embrace Your Unique Strengths. Learn how to overcome comparison and self-doubt. LINKS + RESOURCES MENTIONED An SLP Manifesto A Mindset Shift for SLPs SHOW NOTES Check out the full show notes and transcript at slpnow.com/155
In this episode of The Joyful SLP, Marisha and Laura discuss their personal experiences with mindfulness and how it can benefit SLPs. They cover different strategies for practicing mindfulness, including guided meditations, yoga, and mindful breathing. Marisha and Laura also talk about the research behind mindfulness and its positive effects on stress, anxiety, focus, attention, and relationships. They emphasize the importance of taking time for self-care, and offer suggestions for incorporating mindfulness into everyday routines. They also encourage listeners to experiment with different mindfulness practices and find what works best for them. In the episode, Marisha and Laura cover: What people think mindfulness is — and what it actually is The benefits of mindfulness (according to the research!) How yoga and breathwork can support SLPs What to do if you don’t have time for mindfulness If you’ve ever struggled to quiet your racing thoughts or have a hard time feeling present in your practice, then this episode is one that you don’t want to miss! Resources + Links Mentioned Headspace Insight Timer Marisha’s journal Breathwork resources Mastry SHOW NOTES Full show notes at slpnow.com/154
In this episode of The Joyful SLP, Marisha and Laura discuss the benefits of practicing gratitude. They talk about their experiences developing a gratitude practice, the benefits of having one, and how the research is finally catching up to support the anecdotal evidence. They also discuss some of the struggles they’ve had with building a gratitude practice, like getting stuck in a negative headspace, what their gratitude practices look like today — in their personal lives, and as SLPs. Marisha shares her perspective on the power of romanticizing the little things in life as a gratitude practice, and Laura gives examples of incorporating gratitude with your students, parents, and teachers. Marisha and Laura dive into: How gratitude improves your mood, increases positive emotions, and leads to more happiness; How gratitude can reduce stress, improve resilience, and increase connection; The physical health benefits of a gratitude practice, and Ways to practice gratitude in your daily life. Whether you’re just starting out with a gratitude practice or have been refining one for years, this conversation will help you foster a little more joy in your day-to-day as an SLP. SHOW NOTES Full show notes at slpnow.com/153
In this episode of The Joyful SLP, Marisha and Laura dive into the topic of emotions. They talk about their own experiences with emotions, including how they were raised to deal with them. The conversation then moves on to the concept of emotional differentiation and how it can help us better identify and label our emotions. They discuss the importance of modeling healthy emotional expression for our students and how we can do that by taking care of our own emotional well-being, Laura shares a helpful app that she uses to identify and label her emotions, and they talk about how even small steps towards emotional self-awareness can have a big impact. In the episode, Marisha and Laura discuss: Their experiences with emotions and emotional differentiation Why taking care of our emotional well-being and modeling healthy emotional expression are so important How small steps towards emotional self-awareness can have a big impact. Their favorite tools and resources to support emotional wellness Tune in to this episode for an uplifting and enlightening discussion on the power of emotions, and how emotional literacy impacts your experience as an SLP. Resources Mentioned The Mood app Dr. Marc Brackett’s book "Permission to Feel" The SLP Summit SHOW NOTES Full show notes at slpnow.com/152
In this episode of the SLP Now Podcast, Laura and Marisha discuss the importance of self-reflection in practicing self-care and self-kindness. Self-reflection involves taking a moment to go inward and think about our thoughts, feelings, and actions. By being mindful and reflective, we can better understand our own learning processes and improve our problem-solving abilities, emotional regulation, and self-awareness. While self-reflection has many benefits, it can be challenging to face truths we’d sometimes rather avoid and be objective about our own behavior. It's important to remember that self-reflection is a practice, and we don't have to be perfect. Building in small moments of self-reflection throughout our day, such as through journaling, can be helpful in developing this skill. Ultimately, self-reflection allows us to show up for ourselves and others in a more intentional and compassionate way, leading to greater job satisfaction as an SLP — and — less burnout. In the episode, Marisha and Laura talk about: The benefits of self-reflection What self-reflection looks like in the moment The power of creating space for yourself Building pockets of reflection into your day Embracing self-reflection and growth as a lifelong journey Full show notes at slpnow.com/151
What does it look like to practice self-care as an SLP, and what does self-kindness have to do with it? As school-based SLPs, there are a LOT of activities that we're pouring our energy into. It’s super important that we take care of ourselves in between all that giving, otherwise we’ll find ourselves on the fast track to burnout. That’s why this conversation about self-care for SLPs matters so much. The only way you can show up for others is by showing up for yourself; you have to fill that bucket of energy before it’s empty, and that’s what we’re talking about in this episode! On this episode, Marisha and Laura discuss: Why self-kindness and self-care are individual journeys How you can pour into your self-care bucket throughout the day Ways that Marisha and Laura practice self-care Why getting curious is an important part of the self-care process Getting off the hamster wheel of ineffective self-care (that actually make you feel worse!) Resources Mentioned: Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children Full show notes at slpnow.com/150