• COVID Clinical Fellowship – A Unique Perspective

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    Part of my job is mentoring SLPs who are completing their Clinical Fellowship. I will be honest – these clinical fellows are light years beyond where I was when I graduated 22 (gulp!) years ago. Their clinical skills and professionalism amaze me. This past year, we all experienced speech/language services through a pandemic, but it… (read more)

  • Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? Hello Weighs In

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    We find ourselves living in what can only be described as trying times. The existential dread is palpable at even the most lighthearted occasions, and humanity is inundated with questions for which there are no easy answers.  Questions like, “Is a hot dog a sandwich?“ We here at Hello pride ourselves on facing challenges head-on,… (read more)

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Hello – 2021

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    The last year has seen a number of significant developments in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across the professions of speech-language pathology, school psychology, and occupational therapy. Prior to the uprising following George Floyd’s murder last May, one would have had to search to find DEI statements from the national organizations representing… (read more)

  • Workload Responsibilities for SLPs, SLPAs, and EAs (FREE DOWNLOAD)

    It takes a village, as the saying goes, and while that proverb did not originate in the halls of a school building, there are few places where it rings more true. There will be countless professionals who support a child as they make their way towards a diploma, and this is especially true for students… (read more)

  • What a Celebration!

    Hello celebrated the end of the 20-21 school year this weekend at Rossi Farms. The setting was perfect and it was so great to see everyone in person!  We chatted, enjoyed great food, played cornhole, watched our End of Year video, and celebrated award winners.  Our awards winners included:  Clinic award: Lauren Forgione CF awards:… (read more)

  • Interstate Licensing Compact: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going

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    Professional licensure is a bit of a pain to keep track of (and pay for!), but it is a necessary and appreciated protection for our field and for those who access our services. Traditionally each state has been able to set its own requirements for licensure, and SLPs have been required to meet requirements and… (read more)

  • Building Better Connections with Colleagues

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    May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! This annual event, sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, is designed “to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment.” This year’s theme, Building Connections, has us thinking about all of the different ways we here at Hello are involved in… (read more)

  • Stuttering: A Journey with Dr. Derek Daniels

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    Our final PD event this year was a game-changing evening with Dr. Derek Daniels from Wayne State University, who shared his expertise on Working with School-Age Children Who Stutter. Dr. Daniels emphasized a shift of focus for stuttering treatment, which approaches stuttering as a result of neurodiversity, not an abnormal brain. This was the first… (read more)

  • 19 Questions for SLPs to Ask Districts in Job Interviews (Free Downloadable)

    Are you one of the many SLPs interviewing for a new job this spring? Whether this is your first job as a recent grad or a much-needed mid-career change, a little bit of preparation can go a long way towards a successful interview. Job interviews go both ways, after all! We have 15 years of… (read more)

  • Unbreak Your Brain: 3 Tips for Surviving Our Second COVID Spring

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    The spring season in special education always feels a little bit frantic, but this year . . . well, this year is really something special. As we wrote in February, life in the Covid era means there can be a tectonic shift on any given day. Aside from all of the usual spring tasks, simply… (read more)