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Tips for Completing a Successful Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) in a Medical Setting

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Do you feel prepared to start your CFY in a medical setting?

Tips for Success

  1. Ask Questions. Use your CF supervisor, rehab team, and other coworkers to gain valuable information. Ask questions frequently. It is better to ask than to be unsure!
  2. Be Flexible. Flexibility is important in a medical setting because of many factors such as frequent admissions and discharges to the facility, other disciplines and professionals involved, and frequent changes in patients status.
  3. Time Management. Time management will be crucial due to the fast-pace environment and company expectations to achieve productivity standards. Try using point of service documentation when possible (i.e., documenting while with the patient).
  4. Stay Positive. Things will get tough once in a while and it is important to remember to stay positive for your own benefit and for your patients. Think about how far you have come and how you are going to be a great SLP!
  5. Think Functional. Something not well discussed in graduate school is the value of functional therapy in a medical setting. This includes patient-centered care based on your client’s needs and participation. Treatment should be meaningful, relatable, and relevant to your clients’ daily life.
  6. Use Resources. Use resources such as ASHA, SLP facebook groups, follow SLPs on social accounts (i.e., Pinterest, Instagram, etc.), SLP blogs and websites (see a below). Your CF supervisor and classmates are also great resources. 

Do you have the materials you need to succeed?

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Here is a list of 10 free and/or inexpensive resources to help you get through your medical CFY.

  1. Nice Speech Lady – free materials and relevant blog posts
  2. Free on MedicalSLPs – all free materials on this site
  3. Therapy Insights – well designed printable materials starting at $8.00 each
  4. A Tempo Voice – helpful blog posts and materials for voice therapy
  5. Teachers Pay Teachers – lots of free and inexpensive materials on TPT
  6. Honeycomb – person-centered materials starting at $5.00 each
  7. EatSpeakThink Blog – free relevant ideas, guides, and tips
  8. The Informed SLP Subscription – a monthly subscription for just $7.00/month that summarizes evidenced-based research for you
  9. Ozark Speech Therapy – huge list of free therapy ideas and activities for adults
  10. Fresh SLP – free pdfs and guides for swallowing and cognitive communication

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A look inside the Word Retrieval Bundle…

150+ pages and each section includes:

  • Description of Therapeutic Approach
  • Therapy Ideas for Treatment
  • Goal Examples
  • Cueing Hierarchy Examples
  • Printable Activities for Therapy

Example section: Functional Phrase Completion

Table of Contents:

To purchase the Word Retrieval Bundle click the link below

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A Look Inside the Aphasia Therapy Workbook…

The Aphasia Therapy Workbook includes 200+ pages of functional activities for verbal expression, reading and auditory comprehension, and writing skills.

A look inside…

Word Finding Strategies

  • Visualize it
  • Draw it
  • Describe it
  • Gesture or point to it
  • Describe similar objects
  • Take a break…try again

Visualization: close your eyes and try to picture the object

Drawing: draw a picture of the object

Object Description: describe the object with as many details as possible

Gesturing and Pointing: point to the object if present or try to gesture the action

Associations: describe and think about similar objects

To purchase the full Aphasia Therapy Workbook click the link below.

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Supporting Communication During a Global Pandemic

COVID-19 Helpful links and resources for SLPs including free communication boards, informative handouts, & other resources. Thank you healthcare heroes.

What is COVID-19?

Communication Boards:

Additional Helpful Resources:

Please Note: This page will be updated as new resources and materials become available.

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Selecting Functional Reading Materials for Adult Speech Therapy

This post discusses how to select relevant functional reading materials for your clients in 3 easy steps.

What type of goals can functional reading address?

  • Everyday reading skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Language skills
  • Delayed and immediate recall
  • Sustained and divided attention
  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning skills
  • + many more!

How can I use functional reading materials in speech therapy?

Follow these 3 steps:
  1. Use client intake form to identify prior level of function and cognitive-linguistic demands.
  2. Select reading materials based on client’s prior level of function and cognitive-linguistic demands.
  3. Write individualized achievable goals based on client’s strengths and weaknesses.

Step 1. Use client intake form to identify prior level of function and cognitive-linguistic demands.

Step 2. Select reading materials based on client’s prior level of function and cognitive-linguistic demands.

Step 3. Write individualized and achievable goals based on client’s strengths and weaknesses.

Above all, using individualized therapy materials and selecting achievable goals can help improve generalization and therapy outcomes.

For printable practice activities and worksheets purchase the functional reading bundle on sale now!
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Expressive, receptive, and written language activities for aphasia

Expressive Language:

  • Gestures
  • Automatic Sequences
  • Functional Phrase Completion
  • Script Training/Melodic Intonation
  • Confrontational Naming
  • AAC Communication Board
    • Cut + Paste
    • Picture Symbols
  • Semantic Feature Analysis Charts
  • Vocabulary
    • Responsive Naming
    • Divergent/Generative Naming
    • Convergent Naming
    • Describing Object Function
    • Describing Picture Scenarios

Receptive Language:

  • Auditory and Reading Comprehension Strategies
  • Auditory Verbal Comprehension
    • Yes/No Questions
  • Auditory Word Recognition
  • Auditory Sentence Recognition
  • Following Commands
  • Reading Comprehension
    • Word: Picture Matching
    • Sentence Completion
    • Paragraph Comprehension
    • Reasoning Comprehension

Written Language:

  • Numbers
  • Alphabet
  • Words
  • Sentences
  • Days of Week
  • Months of Year
  • Filling Out Forms