I know you’ve heard this drilled into your head time and time again, but it’s true. In the ever-changeful world of SLP the key to keeping your edge is to never stop learning. But after a long and challenging day, you’d much rather pour a glass of wine or just hang out around the house. So we’re here to tell you to go for it! You totally deserve it.
If only there was a way to relax and expand your knowledge of all things SLP at the same time…
SLP podcasts offer the perfect way to tap into all the resources available through the global SLP community while still kicking back and enjoying some down time. The best part about listening to audio is that it doesn’t tie you down, so you can do it any time, any place, even on the go.
Whether you’re traveling to a faraway place, waiting for a friend at the coffee shop, commuting to college or work, or simply enjoying your morning coffee, listening to an SLP podcast will help pass the time … AND add to your learning. And when it comes to SLP, you know learning never stops.
Our Pick – Top 10 SLP Podcasts
And even though there’s not a ton of SLP podcasts available just yet, there’s still enough out there to leave you wondering which ones are worth your time.
To make your life a little easier, we’ve sifted through the pile and plucked out our ten favorites.
So drink up and kick back. All you have to do is listen up And if you’re unable to listen to it all at once, you can always pick it up later, from where you left off.
Speech Therapy Private Practice Startup Podcast
- Founder: Kyle Meades
- Topics: Taxes and Expenditures, Common Mistakes, Hiring Practices, Business Growth, Management Tips, Marketing, Transitioning into Private Practice, Cash Flow Basics
Kyle Meades has been a speech pathologist since 1993. Aside from hosting this website, he is a team member at Therapy Group of Tucson, PLLC in Arizona. This SLP podcast acts as an easy go-to guide for SLPs making the leap into private practice. Check out his episode on revenues and expenses or cash flow basics for financial advice. Looking for support? His episodes on encouragement and avoiding burnout are a couple of must-listens.
Conversations in Speech Pathology
- Founder: Jeff Stepen
- Topics: Interview-based
Jeff Stephens boasts 18 years of experience as an SLP. Starting out working with adults, he eventually switched to pediatrics. Along with this SLP podcast, Stephens works full-time in a school helping disabled children, while still managing to run a private practice on a part-time basis. Each episode features enlightening interviews with speech pathology insiders like ASHA fellowship recipient Dr. Brian Goldstein and Articulation Station app developer Heidi Hanks.
- Founder: Peter Reitzes, Eric Jackson, Greg Snyder
- Topics: Interview-Based
StutterTalk has been around since 2007, making it the very first and longest-running podcast dedicated to stuttering. This SLP podcast has produced over 600 episodes and is played in nearly 180 countries across the world. Archived episodes feature interviews with British actress Emily Blunt, medical doctor and researcher Dr. Hector R. Perez, and author Roisin McManus, all of whom have struggled or still struggle with stuttering.
The Working Therapist
- Founder: Haden Boliek
- Topics: Plan of Care, Group Therapy, Apraxia of Speech, Therapy Evaluation, Medical Coding, Therapy Toys, Overcoming Food Aversions, Sensory Awareness
Haden Boliek is the brainchild behind the Working Therapist podcast. In 1997 she established Pediatric Developmental Therapy (PDT) in North Carolina to help provide speech therapy assistance to children. Her straightforward speech pathology podcast is more geared toward a target audience of therapists and parents. Past episodes have tackled subjects like infant feeding, creating a good home program, jaw assessment and feeding strategies.
Speech and Language Kids
- Founder: Carrie Clark
- Topics: Articulation, Phonology, Down Syndrome, Apraxia, Social Skills, Late Talkers, Autism, Stuttering, Alternative/Augmentative Communication (AAC)
Carrie Clark is a CCC-SLP based in Columbia, Missouri. She created Speech and Language Kids as a forum where other practitioners can find resources, educational materials, lesson plans, guide books, and current research information pertaining to children with speech-language difficulties. Her episodes on activity-based therapy ideas (cooking, outdoor games) are particularly ingenious. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to use sock puppets to improve grammar?
Storm of the Brains
- Founder: Carrie Clark
- Topics: Children and Recall, Teaching Core Vocabulary, Children with Autism, Voice Disorders, Non-Compliant Children, Lateral Lisp Therapy
Carrie Clark is the very same CCC-SLP responsible for the abovementioned Speech and Language Kids podcast. In her second podcast show, Clark welcomes SLPs to visit the show as guest stars. During each episode, Clark is joined by guest stars and fellow SLPs like Maureen Wilson, Kyle Meades, and Luke Barber who collectively brainstorm and provide answers to the tough questions posed by her callers.
ASHA Podcast Series
- Founder: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Topics: Interview-Based
As the premiere source of information for the SLP community, it comes as no surprise that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has its own must-hear podcast. The series releases episodes every 3-4 weeks and features interviews with professionals making waves in the SLP and audiology fields. Past guests include Director of Audiology Professional Practices at the ASHA, Pam Mason and 2010 Annie Award recipient Joe McIntyre.
Down the Hatch
- Founder: Ianessa Humbert, Alicia Vose
- Topics: Field of Dysphagia Management
Ianessa Humbert, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Ph.D. student Alicia Vose, M.A., CCC-SLP host this lively, unscripted podcast that sheds light on controversial topics and tough questions related to swallowing disorders. Against the background of their spirited banter, Humbert and Vose ask the hard questions like: What is normal? How much solidarity exists at your workplace? What’s the deal with e-stim? Stay tuned to find out!
Stuttering is Cool
- Founder: Daniel Rossi
- Topics: Stuttering Experiences
Daniel Rossi is a digital media creator, cartoonist, and long-time stutterer based in Toronto, Canada. His podcast is mainly comprised of recordings submitted by stuttering listeners that he broadcasts to his fan base. He encourages his listeners to share experiences, tips, questions, and rants about their personal stuttering issues. You can even go with Rossi as he travels to the Canadian Stuttering Association Conference or hear news from the Nordic Stuttering Seminar 2017.
The Autism Show
- Founder: Catherine Pascuas
- Topics: Interview-Based
Catherine Pascuas is both an autism specialist and the founder of Edx Autism Consulting based in Vancouver, Canada. Her weekly podcast features autism advocates, organizational representatives, educators, and professionals offering inspirational stories, resources, and facts. Since children with autism often have social and communication problems, it’s wise for SLPs to get a grasp on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better help these special clients.
Listening to SLP podcasts is a great way to catch up on your learning. Which of these podcasts would you like to give a listen to? Listen up to learn!
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