SLP Happy Hour

By Sarah & Sarie

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Welcome to the SLP Happy Hour podcast. These are real conversations on work, by speech-language pathologists. We are full-time SLPs, in the trenches. This is a podcast for reflecting on work, wellness, and finding your way up in a helping profession full of ups and downs.

Episode Date
Ep. 11: Are the clients you work with ready to work with YOU?
This episode, we talk about working weekends. Do you do it? Do you feel like it helps or hurts you? We’ll share what we do, and feel free to chime in on the conversation. We also answer a listener question - what do you say when people ask you what you do for a living? If you are an SLP, you are used to blank stares or odd comments when you tell people what you do for a living. Sarah and Sarie share the strangest things they’ve been asked at parties after revealing they are SLPs, and you are going to want to hear these stories. The bulk of this episode discusses client success factors. Do you work with a variety of clients? Do some clients seem to have a bad attitude or get upset easily? Do you have other clients who seem interested in getting service and then seem to disappear, never to be seen again? Well, you might be ready for your clients - but you need to be able to answer the question - are your clients ready to work with you? The discussion is based on the research of Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983; Prochaska, DiClemente, & Norcross 1992. We’ll also propose a self care challenge that’ll get you knowing your clients even better, and using your time even more effectively in your speech room.
Jun 07, 2018
Ep. 10: Interview with Beautiful Speech Life
On this podcast, we answer a listener question - How to do you connect with difficult-to-reach clients? We share our thoughts on everything from building rapport with teenagers, to establishing rapport with adult clients to forming a relationship with young clients with Autism and identifying what they will work for and creating sessions so clients will want to work with us. We also talk about what is new in our speech room - which is being chronically late this time of year (because we are over booked?) and what we are doing about it. Sarah shares a lesson gone wrong and what her new nickname is according to a new client. We won't put it in the show notes, but listen in if you are curious. Interview This episode, we interview Anne Page of Beautiful Speech life. In case you aren't familiar (in which case, where have you been? Follow her stat!), here's her bio: Anne is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with a Masters of Science from Nova Southeastern University. She's an award winning blogger and international speaker. She has been an SLP at at a Title 1 school for 11 years, and works as a district AAC specialist. Anne is passionate about AAC. She loves the challenge of finding the best communication support system for her students. On the interview, Anne talks about social media, her newly-opened online AAC academy, what she wishes she'd known starting out with AAC, and her winding path to becoming an SLP. Mentioned Beautiful Speech Life Blog Beautiful Speech Life Instagram Beautiful Speech Life Facebook AAC Academy Bjorem Speech Sound Cues PrAACtical AAC Website and Blog Headspace Meditation App
May 18, 2018
Ep. 9: Take A Break, Sharing Difficult News & a Trick to Flip Your Perspective
This episode answers a listener question: The job of being an SLP is so busy and I feel like there is always more to do. How do you know when you just need to keep your nose to the grindstone and hustle away at the work, and when it’s time to stop, step away, and take a break? If you find yourself powering through a season of overwork or deadlines, this is the episode for you. Sarah shares how powering through is sometimes helpful and when she’s had to do it. Sarie shares that powering through is the name of the game for a lot of the CF year. The discussion then moves along to how to have more boundaries and time and when it’s time to not hustle. We also talk about - what do you do when you are out sick (for more than a day or two) as an SLP? We also discuss difficult conversations with families we work with. What do you do when you need to share news about another possible diagnosis? What do you do when a client doesn't hear what you have to say? We also discuss negative mantras: what they are, and how to catch yourself in one. We end with a self care challenge to flip your perspective when times get tough. Self Care Challenge To find something you are feeling negative about, and to catch your negative work mantra. Then, if you are telling yourself a negative story about a work situation nip it in the bud. Look for evidence that your negative mantra isn’t true. Maybe you’ll find it, maybe you won’t. Lastly, reassess your negative mantra to find out if it’s true and if it’s serving you. Mentioned Story - The Two Wolves Movie - The Money Pit
May 10, 2018
Ep. 8: Changing SLP Settings & Work Transitions
On this Episode, Sarah shares some SLP advice she should have taken (but didn't) and what she's doing about it. Sarie shares a lesson gone wrong that involves clients getting a bit too competitive. Sarie interviews Sarah about the topic of switching SLP settings and making work transitions, and the following questions are answered (and more!): Do you think leaving a job helps or hurts the profession? How do you know when you need to leave a job? How many times have you changed jobs? What do you look for in a job? Mentioned What to ask in a job interview (from Sarah Wu, speech is beautiful).
Apr 26, 2018
Ep. 7: SLPs and Perfectionism, Your First SLP Job
This episode, we talk about some SLP advice that has helped us lately, perfectionism in the SLP world, and advice for your first year as an SLP. Whether you are an SLP student, a new SLP, or someone who has been in the game for a long time, we hope you enjoy this conversation and pick up some tips along the way for managing some common pitfalls in the workplace. This episode is perfect for anyone who is battling perfectionism as an SLP (aren’t we all?) or who is starting a new job or is starting to work in a new setting and wants to learn some tips for making it through the transition. What NOT to do in your CF year. Don’t: 1. Be isolated 2. Do it all yourself / figure it out yourself 3. Accept SLP guilt 4. Think you know it all OR think you have to know it all 5. Feel like your CF mentor has to be your primary mentor 6. Surprise a caregiver, family, or parent at a meeting 7. Only share the negative 8. Eat lunch in the break room or office 9. Reply to the emotional conversation right away 10. Continue to deal with a difficult parent - or coworker - without asking for help
Apr 08, 2018
Ep. 6: All About Email
This week, we are digging in to ways that work email can make you miserable and actionable steps about what to do about it. We also answer a listener question: what work settings do we work in? If you ever find yourself shuddering over that next email ding, overwhelmed by your inbox, or even repeatedly checking your email, this episode is for you! We’ll talk about how you may not be using your email well and how to make it work for you. We shared six email tips: 1. Turn off all notifications 2. Have scheduled check-in times for email. Stick to it! 3. Scan for urgent emails first and leave the rest. 4. Keep emotional conversations out of your inbox. 5. When you check your email, have your to-do list in front of you, and slot in other’s requests in order of priority - don’t just take care of email tasks first. 6. Get off the email response carousel (to keep out of your inbox: scheduling, emotional conversations, task management) This week, we mentioned several project management systems, including: Slack Asana For scheduling: Doodle or Acuity Scheduling
Mar 15, 2018
Ep. 5: When Self Care Doesn't Feel Good
This week, on Sarah’s first solo podcast, you’ll learn four situations in which self care doesn’t feel good. This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to learn a bit about switching a job setting, how to quit, or how to have tough conversations with others to draw boundaries. Sarah shares surprising ways to care for yourself that might not feel great in the moment, but are essential for your SLP survival. This episode ends with an SLP pep talk for all you SLPs out there who need to hear some loving words of affirmation. Listen in and be ready to conquer those difficult SLP situations!
Feb 28, 2018
Ep. 4: Stress & Time
This week, we are digging into your relationship with time and how time impacts your stress level. If you ever find yourself overwhelmed with to-dos or just feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, this episode is for you! We’ll define a Hustle Season and give you some tips to get through it. We also discussed the definition of a work mantra and why you should find yours. Our SLP Wisdom this episode is understanding our connection between stress and time and how to identify a “found moment,” and what to do about it.
Feb 03, 2018
Ep. 3: Like Lists, Saying "No", and Lazy Lessons
In this episode we discuss a listener question: do you really have a happy hour while recording this podcast? We also talk about a “like list,” how it can help with workplace stress, and what’s on ours. We also share a lazy lesson (or is it an “efficient lesson?”) that we tried this week. Sarie shares her concept of a “Frankenstein job” and what it means. We also talk about what to do when you need to say no to your boss (!), and SLP advice that will encourage you to go for that goal you have in mind.
Feb 03, 2018
Ep. 2: Asking for Help
This week, a speech-language pathology conversation on asking for help. This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to learn to identify your helpers, hear about a lesson gone wrong (holy vulnerability!), and learn about how to increase courage and vulnerability as an SLP. Sarie really digs in to how she’s identified helpers in her work setting and how she’s learned to ask for help, even when it’s hard. Sarah shares a lesson that bombed big time, we talk about how we all make SLP mistakes.
Feb 03, 2018
Ep. 1: Welcome to SLP Happy Hour!
This week we are exploring guilty self-care pleasures and what to do when you have a bad speech-language pathology day. If you find yourself sorting through SLP situations where emotions are running high, or times when you are criticized for your work this episode is for you! We talk about strategies to deal with difficult days including: active listening, having an "SLP bubble," and what to ask yourself when someone criticizes you. Sarie also shared some SLP advice on how realizing we are not irreplaceable can help manage job stress.
Jan 24, 2018