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Join speech-language pathologist Jeff Stepen as he interviews a variety of professionals, parents, and other assorted characters about topics related to the practice of speech pathology/therapy.

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Join speech-language pathologist Jeff Stepen as he interviews a variety of professionals, parents, and other assorted characters about topics related to the practice of speech pathology/therapy.

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My favorite speech podcast.

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Jeff interviews a wide variety of speech-language pathologist’s using a thoughtful, objective, professional style. The podcast has usable meaty information without some of the chatty fluff of some podcasts. I wish his podcasts could be used for CEU’s, but regardless will listen as long as Jeff continues to host it.

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Please more please, best SLP podcast resource and would like some more convo woop woop

iTunes Ratings

48 Ratings
Average Ratings
39
4
4
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0

My favorite speech podcast.

By Mary Lu hu - Sep 30 2019
Read more
Jeff interviews a wide variety of speech-language pathologist’s using a thoughtful, objective, professional style. The podcast has usable meaty information without some of the chatty fluff of some podcasts. I wish his podcasts could be used for CEU’s, but regardless will listen as long as Jeff continues to host it.

Please more

By jmw9900 - Dec 02 2016
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Please more please, best SLP podcast resource and would like some more convo woop woop
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Conversations in Speech Pathology

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Join speech-language pathologist Jeff Stepen as he interviews a variety of professionals, parents, and other assorted characters about topics related to the practice of speech pathology/therapy.

Rank #1: CSP 012: You Say Apraxia, I Say Dys…ok, fine- Apraxia!

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Join me today as I talk with Dr. Kathy Jakielski, professor and chair of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Augustana College, about the often puzzling disorder we all know and love- Apraxia! Specifically, we’ll be talking about childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

We cover some interesting ground in this episode including: over-diagnosis, popular treatment methods, and more!

Links:

Please check out apraxia-kids.org for great resources on CAS.

Dr. Jakielski can be found at: http://www.augustana.edu/academics/faculty-directory/directory?pid=7rgKPvJ

Oct 28 2014

57mins

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Rank #2: CSP 022: Dysphagia Cafe

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Jonathan Waller is a speech pathologist in southern California who began the website Dysphagia Cafe more than 2 years ago. It’s purpose is to offer a centralized resource on all things dysphagia for clinicians around the world. The site features blog posts by guest authors, a resources page, and more!

Show Notes:

The ASHA leader article by Dr. James L. Coyle can be found here.

Information about The McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program can be found here.

Credits: The track Going Higher was provided courtesy of Bensound.com

If you enjoyed this episode, please take a couple of minutes to provide a review in the iTunes store.

Thanks!

Jul 26 2015

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Rank #3: CSP 006: Echolalia & ASD: Supporting Natural Language Development

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This episode features Marge Blanc of the Communication Development Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Marge is the author of Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language.

Here are some show notes & links:

1. Marge cited an article from the New York Times Magazine titled “Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney” that she identified as coming from The New Yorker. Here is a link to the actual article and video.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/magazine/reaching-my-autistic-son-through-disney.html?_r=0

 2. Marge began taking data in 1993-94 on her clients. She indicates this later in the podcast, but at first mistakenly indicated it was 1997.

3. Ann Peter’s website can be found at: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~ann/

4. Katherine Quill’s website and books can be found at: http://www.autisminstitute.net/index.htm. The book Marge is referring to which has a chapter by Prizant and Rydell is: Teaching Children with Autism: Strategies to Enhance Communication and Socialization

5. You can read more about Marge Blanc and the Communication Development Center at: http://www.communicationdevelopmentcenter.com/

Thanks for listening!

Apr 18 2014

47mins

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Rank #4: CSP 026: The Dynamic Duo of Dysphagia Research

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For all of the advancements in dysphagia research and practice that’s taken place over the last decade (it’s been longer than that since I last saw an adult client), some things never seem to change. Today, the most important tool a swallowing clinician has for diagnosis and management of dysphagia is still between the ears.

Indeed, that was one of the most important take aways I got from today’s episode, which features Drs. Ianessa Humbert and Emily Plowman (both of the University of Florida). In today’s episode, we cover how Drs. Humbert & Plowman became interested in dysphagia, their newly merged research laboratories (called  Swallowing Systems Core), some current research, and the recent launch of their course titled Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management.

Enjoy the episode!

General Links:

Swallowing Systems Core 

Critical Thinking in Dysphagia Management Course (next offering in March 2016 at the time of this episode release)

YouTube video of Dr. Plowman (discussing her current research involving patients with ALS)

Research Articles Cited (PubMed links):

Aspiration and swallowing in Parkinson disease and rehabilitation with EMST  (Troche, lead author)

Transcranial non-invasive brain stimulation in swallowing rehabilitation following stroke–a review of the literature (Sebastian Doeltgen’s paper)

Video-assisted swallowing therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease (Manor, lead author)

The effects of feedback on volitional manipulation of airway protection during swallowing (Macrae, lead author)

Dec 21 2015

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Rank #5: CSP 047: APD or Pickles?

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I don’t know about you, but auditory processing disorders have always confused me. I’m sure I’ve worked with any number of children who likely had a co-morbid diagnosis of APD without me ever being aware of it. Then again, the diagnosis itself (like many areas in our field) is the subject of ongoing debate.

Today I’m happy to welcome Dr. Donna Turetgen, an audiologist in private practice, who helped shed some light on the subject. Some of the areas this episode covers includes:

  1. What an auditory processing disorder is (and differences in nomenclature).
  2. The Buffalo Model for assessment and intervention (developed by Jack Katz).
  3. What role(s) the slp can play in diagnosis and treatment.

Donna’s practice is called The Auditory Connection and can be found here.

You can read more about Jack Katz and the Buffalo Model here.

If you are a fan of this podcast and would like to lend your support, there are 2 ways you can do so right now.

  1. If you are a speech pathologist in need of CEU’s, consider becoming a member of Medbridge. They currently have 380 quality online courses featuring some very impressive names from our field. A regular membership costs $145 per year. However, you can bump that cost down to $95 if you use this promo code: STEPEN  (Note: I do receive an affiliate commission should you sign up).
  2. Please consider leaving a review of my show on the iTunes store (if you haven’t already).

Thanks for listening!

-Jeff

Mar 06 2018

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Rank #6: CSP 027: Lynn Medley & The Complexities of Social Cognition

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Lynn Medley is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with ASD. In this episode, we discuss how difficult it is to isolate what social cognitive skills should be taught, what goes into forming playgroups, the sometimes thorny topic of motivation, and more! You can check out Lynn’s practice at: mmtaspeech.com.

Here are some other links and resources Lynn and her staff have compiled for your viewing and reading pleasure:

The Incredible Flexible You & You Are a Social Detective (Michelle Garcia Winner)

Jill Kuzma’s blog

Pixar Shorts- just type in on YouTube “short animated video”

Lindamood Bell’s Visualize and Verbalize curriculum

The book Social Language Training Elementary by Linda Bowers and Carolyn LoGiudice

The book Practical Theory of Mind Games by Carol Krakower

Of course, check out Lynn & MMTA on Facebook for updates on resources

Thanks everyone!

Mar 15 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #7: CSP 034: The Informed SLP

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We all strive to be better clinicians and adhere to using best practices whenever possible. This process requires us to keep up on the literature. But keeping up isn’t easy. For one thing, there are too many journals and papers to sift through. What’s more, consuming research can be expensive if you don’t work at a university (or aren’t a student at one).

Meredith Harold can’t allay all of our research anxieties, but she’s here to help! The Informed SLP is a monthly newsletter that distills the most important/noteworthy studies likely to make an immediate impact on our practice. Clinicians can look over her summaries and then decide which papers to pursue further. What a concept!

In today’s episode we cover:

  1. Meredith’s unconventional career path
  2. Why Meredith started The Informed SLP
  3. The divide between clinicians and researchers
  4. Language sampling, a crazy thought experiment, and more!

Please check out The Informed SLP if you haven’t already. Meredith also started a Facebook group and can be followed on Twitter here.

Finally, if you aren’t receiving occasional emails from me and remember signing up in the past, feel free to register again on my home page. I had some accidental purging of my email list.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Jeff

Dec 08 2016

46mins

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Rank #8: CSP 005: AAC & Autism

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In this episode, I talk with John Halloran from The Center for AAC & Autism about LAMP (Language Aquisition through Motor Planning). John explains the difference between LAMP the approach and the LAMP Words for Life application. We also talk about the role of video modeling in AAC. You can find more information about LAMP at www.aacandautism.com.

Mar 03 2014

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Rank #9: CSP 018: Yvette McCoy on Dysphagia: Resources, Mentors, & More

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Today I talk with Yvette McCoy, a private practice owner who is highly interested in dysphagia. Yvette tells me how she became interested in dysphagia and describes some of the resources and people who helped shape the clinician she is today.

Links:

ASHA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) on dysphagia

Northern Speech Services (for CEU’s on dysphagia)

Information about the MBSImP (The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile)

The American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

Blog post by Mary Huston about the SLP scope of practice (in the U.S. that is)

(By the way- is the scope of practice in the U.S. the same as in other parts of the globe?)

As always, let me know if I forgot something!

-Jeff

Sep 03 2015

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Rank #10: CSP 033: The Road to Graduate School

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I’m not sure what the profession looks like in the rest of the world, but here in the U.S. the field of speech pathology is getting harder to get into. There are currently more applicants than available spots in graduate school. What exactly are graduate programs looking for in candidates these days? Do grades and test scores still matter as much as other factors?

Today’s episode can’t begin to answer these questions definitively (I’m sure there are a wide range of requirements depending on the program). But I am happy to welcome Heidi Verticchio, a speech-language pathologist and graduate program/clinic director at Illinois State University’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. In our conversation, Heidi talks about what ISU’s program looks for in a candidate, how undergraduates are prepared for the future application process, newer methods for selecting applicants, and more.

This episode was made possible in part by at least 2 listener requests. I hope they (and you) get something useful out of it.

Go Redbirds!

Sep 23 2016

35mins

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Rank #11: CSP 003: Talking RtI with Dr. Pat Van Slyke

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Today I’m featuring a former professor of mine, Dr. Pat Van Slyke, who discusses the history of RtI (Response to Intervention) as well as how us SLP’s fit into the picture.  Enjoy!

You can find Dr. Pat Van Slyke at: www.patvanslyke.com

Feb 06 2014

36mins

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Rank #12: CSP 037: How We Approach Bilinguals (And What is a Bilingual Anyway?)

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Happy New Year everyone!

Today, on this first podcast of the new year, I welcome noted ASHA fellow Dr. Brian Goldstein to talk about bilingualism.

Brian is well known in our field for his work on bilingualism and in particular Spanish phonological development. He is the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at La Salle University and I’m told from first hand experience that he is an awesome teacher!

Here are just a few of the things we cover:

  1. When bilingualism became a focus of discussion
  2. How we define bilingualism
  3. The challenge of being a school-based SLP in a school with many spoken languages.

Hope you enjoy it!

Jeff

Jan 20 2017

57mins

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Rank #13: CSP 040: Aphasia App-titude with Megan Sutton

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This episode is going to be a departure for me because I’m handing over the mic to none other than Rinki Varindani Desai to guest host! You might remember Rinki from a previous CSP episode. I was very impressed with Rinki’s passion for the field and her eagerness to take on so many extra-curricular projects. It was only natural I suppose, that I would eventually ask her to guest host on a topic that she has much more familiarity than I do.

Rinki’s guest today is Megan Sutton of Tactus Therapy, which is an app development company that develops a host of apps for the adult neurogenic population (aphasia, apraxia, dysphagia, etc.). Megan is an experienced clinical speech pathologist who has extensive experience in the area of aphasia and is a contributor to the book Healing the Broken Brain: Leading Experts Answer 100 Questions about Stroke Recovery which should be released in paperback around the time of this episode airs.

Links to today’s episode:

Apr 20 2017

49mins

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Rank #14: CSP 042: /skr/ape it to me!

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I met Kelly Vess at the 2016 ASHA convention. She was presenting a poster session on using evidence based practice to help 31 preschoolers with speech sound disorders (SSD). Kelly and her colleagues ran a study using a number of elements from recent literature on SSD’s. What she achieved was impressive. In a five week period, nearly all of her students achieved significant levels of improvement.

Today Kelly discusses her study as well as the key elements that we can all use to replicate her outcomes (including the use of multisensory cues).

To check out the actual poster presentation, head over to my website if you don’t see it in your podcast player. Here it is:

ASHA2015POSTERpdf

ASHA2016POSTERFINALpdf

You might also want to check out this summary page from ASHA. It provides brief descriptions of current interventions including the complexity approach.

As an aside, I want to point out that not everyone supports the complexity approach from which Kelly’s study is in part derived. To see another perspective, you might want to check out this blog post. I hope to explore these differences of opinions in future episodes. Can we agree there is still so much to learn and sort out?

Thanks to Kelly for taking part in this episode! And thank you for listening!

-Jeff

11/24/2017 Update: Here is a .pdf of Kelly’s most recent ASHA poster session!

Vess Poster Targeting R Session ID 9284

Jul 29 2017

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Rank #15: CSP 021: OPT, NSOME, OMG!!

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Is there more to the oral motor debate than meets the eye? Today’s guest thinks so! In this episode, I’m joined by speech-language pathologist Robyn Merkel Walsh of Talk Tools. She explains what she believes are common misconceptions regarding oral placement therapy (OPT) (previously known by its more generic term “oral motor exercises”).

Links to today’s episode:

www.oralmotorinstitute.org

www.robynmerkelwalsh.com

http://www.ridgefieldschools.com/Page/2902 (Robyn’s school page)

www.talktools.com

The music track Acoustic Breeze was provided courtesy of Bensound.com

Jul 19 2015

1hr 7mins

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Rank #16: CSP 039: Yvette McCoy’s Most Interesting Case…GSW & Swallowing Recovery

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Today I’m debuting the first in what I hope will become an ongoing series. I like to call it: My Most Interesting Case.

Yvette McCoy is back on this inaugural episode to talk about a gentleman who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His road back to swallowing was certainly not easy, but this story does have a pretty good ending.

Warning: This episode may not be suitable for younger or more sensitive listeners.

If you have a compelling clinical story to share, please contact me: jeff@converssationsinspeech.com

Cheers!

Mar 21 2017

45mins

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Rank #17: CSP 008: The Tongue Wagging the SLP

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In this episode, I talk to ASHA Fellow Dr. Gregory Lof of the MGH Institute of Health Professions about nonspeech oral motor exercises. My hope is that this episode addresses some of the concerns or questions you might have about this timely topic.

Jul 08 2014

28mins

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Rank #18: CSP 032: Slicing & Dicing Language with Russell Cross

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Greetings podcast listener! I’m happy to welcome back Mr. Russell Cross of the Prentke Romich Company (PRC) to talk about keyword vocabulary, phrasal verbs, and of course…core vocabulary. Russell is the resident speech-language pathologist for PRC (Director of Clinical Applications). He was one of the original authors of Unity language found on all PRC devices and most recently worked with Paul Andres to bring us Realize Language (if you haven’t already, please check out my previous conversation with Russell and Paul here).

Enjoy the show!

Links:

Here is the blog post on Keywords courtesy of The Speech Dudes

Davies, M. (2008-). The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 425 million words, 1990-present. Available from Brigham Young University The Corpus of Contemporary America English, from Brigham Young University http://corpus.byu.edu/coca

Gardner, D., & Davies, M. (2007). Pointing Out Frequent Phrasal Verbs: A Corpus-Based Analysis. TESOL Quarterly, 41(2), 339-359.

Garnier, M., & Schmitt, N. (2014). The PHaVE List: A pedagogical list of phrasal verbs and their most frequent meaning senses. Language Teaching Research, 1-22.

Schmitt, N. (2010). Researching vocabulary : a vocabulary research manual. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

The software program Wordsmith

Sep 11 2016

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Rank #19: CSP 023: Rinki Varindani’s Passion

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Rinki Varindani is an adult medical SLP working in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Many of you will know Rinki from her Facebook group Medical SLP Forum, which just passed 8,000 members worldwide!

In today’s episode, Rinki talks about what her undergraduate training was like in India, how she became interested in medical speech pathology, and where she hopes her career will eventually take her.

Links:

1. Rinki’s home page can be found here.

2. Her Facebook group Medical SLP Forum.

3. You can follow Rinki on Twitter: @Rinkislp.

4. That article First Person on the Last Page: East Meets West can be found here.

5. For more information about board certification in swallowing (for ASHA members), you can click here.

Did I forget anything? Want to get in touch? Please contact me: jeff@conversationsinspeech.com

If you enjoyed this podcast, please consider providing a review at iTunes here.

Thanks for listening!

Aug 03 2015

34mins

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Rank #20: CSP 043: The Traveling Traveler

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Julia Kuhn was born with the travel gene. Luckily, she gets to be in a profession that makes it easy to work on a temporary basis in a variety of locales. (Hawaii anyone?)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a series of temporary assignments? What about housing, medical insurance, and potential odd problems looming out there? Julia addresses it all! In fact, you can get much more in-depth on the matter by checking out her blog at thetravelingtraveler.com.

Credit: “Cute” by Bensound

Sep 02 2017

38mins

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CSP 051: The Growth of Telepractice

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There is no denying that telepractice has established an important place for itself among the many service delivery models in existence today. In this episode, I chat with Kristin Martinez of PresenceLearning, about the use of teletherapy in speech pathology. Kristin talks about her own history as a teletherapy provider and answers a number of commonly heard questions about the nature of this medium.

Kristin’s bio:

Kristin Martinez, M.A., CCC-SLP, received her M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has been a speech-language pathologist for 19 years. Kristin served students in her local school district and in private practice for 13 years before starting as a telepractitioner with PresenceLearning in 2013. Kristin has presented on the topic of teletherapy nationwide and currently serves as the Head of Clinical Standards and Outreach for PresenceLearning.

Links:

An Interview on PresenceLearning’s website with Kristin

A blog post on speechtherapypd.com written by Kristin on the topic of teletherapy (this is the 1st of a four-part series)

Special Interest Division 18 (SIG 18)

If you enjoyed this podcast and would like to lend your support, please consider leaving a review on whatever platform you use to listen to podcasts. You can also check out my website www.conversationsinspeech.com for more information about the show.

Oct 28 2019

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CSP 050: Maria’s RPM Journey

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Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) is THE poster boy for pseudoscience lately. I was aware of RPM for years but never paid much attention for the same reason most of you never have- lack of evidence (or as some would call it: “street cred”).

Then something interesting happened. I was introduced to someone who used a letterboard to communicate. As others have indicated, it is hard to “unsee” once you have seen. I’ve been very interested in RPM ever since.

Maria Welch is an SLP colleague of mine who also happens to be an RPM provider. In today’s still somewhat scattered episode (this is our 2.5th time recording this conversation), we discuss:

What got Maria interested in RPM

Maria’s evolution in thinking about children with ASD

Motor Challenges and ASD

Intelligence, ASD, & Testing

Tailoring RPM lessons to student interest and ability

The ASHA RPM position statement

Now for some disclaimers: I am not endorsing RPM as a mainstream therapy to be used with all of our clients. As you will hear, I think there is more to this approach than meets the eye and that it has the potential to help some number of clients. Without a solid research base, I cannot begin to speculate on what that number is.

I am not trained in RPM and have no ties whatsoever with HALO (The nonprofit RPM organization) or with Soma Mukhopadhyay, the founder of RPM. I do not speak on behalf of anyone but myself. The same can be said for Maria whose experiences with RPM are hers alone.

To sum things up: use your best judgment, stay educated, and keep a level head!

Lastly, for those of you prone to instant outrage, please hold your Twitter fire until you actually listen to this episode. I can accept criticism. So can Maria. We’re all adults here, so please play nice.

Now for some links:

Ido Kedar on YouTube (the video I speak about in this episode)

Good article on intelligence, eye gaze, EEG

Apraxia and ASD

Are we underestimating intelligence?

A credible provider of RPM

Jul 23 2019

1hr 41mins

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Craig Coleman's ASHA Candidacy (2019)

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Craig Coleman is a professor of speech-language pathology at Marshall University and an ASHA Fellow. He is currently in the running for Vice President for Planning in the upcoming 2019 ASHA Board Elections. In this episode, Dr. Coleman explains what that position entails and what his priorities would be should he win.

Mar 12 2019

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CSP 049: The CSD Doctoral Shortage

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The shortage of doctoral students in CSD is nothing new. But why is it so? Why aren’t more people interested in pursuing a doctorate? On today’s episode, I welcome current doctoral students Martha Sherill and Charles Lenell who presented on this very topic at ASHA 2018.

Martha Sherrill earned her M.C.D in Speech-Language Pathology from Auburn University in 2006, and her PhD in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018.  Martha practiced as an SLP in multiple medical settings and locations (e.g., acute care, sub-acute rehabilitation, home health, SNF) and her clinical specialties include aphasia, dysphagia, and cognitive-communicative disorders.  Her current line of research is focused on the use of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) as a means of creating rich communicative environments and clinical spaces in inpatient rehabilitation facilities for adults with aphasia and other acquired cognitive-communicative disorders.  Martha will be joining the faculty of Southeastern Louisiana University in the Spring of 2019.  

Charles Lenell, MS CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and doctoral candidate in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders Department at NYU. He works in the NYU Swallowing Lab with Dr. Molfenter and the NYUMC Voice Lab with Dr. Johnson. His line of research focuses on understanding the underlying laryngeal neuromuscular mechanisms of voice and swallow functions and his dissertation research evaluates how hormones affect the laryngeal mechanism and functions.

The Poster from ASHA 2018 in Boston can be viewed on a desktop browser or by clicking the link.

Feb 14 2019

30mins

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CSP 048: Rose Griffin

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Rose Griffin the semi-rare breed of SLP who is dually certified as a BCBA (Board Certified Behavioral Analyst). In this epsisode we discuss how she became interested in the field of speech pathology, her discovery of ABA and strategies she uses for her students with ASD.

Show Notes:

Rose’s Website: abaspeech.org

Rose’s Action builder cards: https://abaspeech.org/product/actionbuildercards

Double Up: https://abaspeech.org/product/double-up-vocabulary-and-leisure-game

ASHA approved course titled Help Me Find My Voice: https://aba-speech.teachable.com/p/help-me-find-my-voice

Jan 12 2019

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CSP 047: APD or Pickles?

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I don’t know about you, but auditory processing disorders have always confused me. I’m sure I’ve worked with any number of children who likely had a co-morbid diagnosis of APD without me ever being aware of it. Then again, the diagnosis itself (like many areas in our field) is the subject of ongoing debate.

Today I’m happy to welcome Dr. Donna Turetgen, an audiologist in private practice, who helped shed some light on the subject. Some of the areas this episode covers includes:

  1. What an auditory processing disorder is (and differences in nomenclature).
  2. The Buffalo Model for assessment and intervention (developed by Jack Katz).
  3. What role(s) the slp can play in diagnosis and treatment.

Donna’s practice is called The Auditory Connection and can be found here.

You can read more about Jack Katz and the Buffalo Model here.

If you are a fan of this podcast and would like to lend your support, there are 2 ways you can do so right now.

  1. If you are a speech pathologist in need of CEU’s, consider becoming a member of Medbridge. They currently have 380 quality online courses featuring some very impressive names from our field. A regular membership costs $145 per year. However, you can bump that cost down to $95 if you use this promo code: STEPEN  (Note: I do receive an affiliate commission should you sign up).
  2. Please consider leaving a review of my show on the iTunes store (if you haven’t already).

Thanks for listening!

-Jeff

Mar 06 2018

1hr 10mins

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CSP 046: Innervoice

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My guest today is Lois Brady, a speech pathologist who is one of the developers behind the Innervoice App. For those of you not familiar, Innervoice allows one to upload a photo of any person (real or pretend) and have them “speak”. It’s a pretty easy and straightforward app to use. And the kids I have used it with so far really seem to like it!

Note to listeners: By the time this is released, Innervoice will have released its 3.0 update which will include a new backup/restore function as well as sharing options. I’ve played around with the new version and I love the fact that you can forward or save a message via email and social media.

In this episode, Lois tells us a bit about:

  • her professional career
  • her interest in technology
  • the development of Innervoice
  • Her favorite apps
  • And…her pet pig! (check out the Innervoice website for a pic)

Apps Mentioned:

StoryBots

First Words

Little Speller

Word Wizard

WordToob (Note: This app has been updated for ios11. No more crashing!!

I also mentioned a personal cloud system I purchased about 6 months ago. It’s called Lima.

You can find more about Innervoice and Lois here.

Disclosure: I was given a code for a free download of the Innervoice app prior to my interview with Lois. I do not receive any royalties, commissions, or compensation of any kind for sales of the Innervoice app (or for any of the apps we mentioned in today’s episode).

Finally…If you are a fan of this podcast and would like to lend your support, there are 2 ways you can do so right now.

  1. If you are a speech pathologist in need of CEU’s, consider becoming a member of Medbridge. They currently have 380 quality online courses featuring some very impressive names from our field. A regular membership costs $145 per year. However, you can bump that cost down to $95 if you use this promo code: STEPEN  (Note: I do receive an affiliate commission should you sign up).
  2. Please consider leaving a review of my show on the iTunes store (if you haven’t already).

Thanks for listening!

-Jeff

Feb 20 2018

1hr 7mins

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CSP 045: Milton The Mealtime Companion

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Dan Rennecker and Justin Peart are two dads who created a tool to help teach good eating habits to children. (With so many picky eaters these days, we really need all the help we can get!) Their product, Milton, The Mealtime Companion is an adorable table top character made of food grade silicone. The basic premise is simple: Milton takes a bite, your son/daughter/client takes a bite.

Listen in as Dan and Justin explain in detail how they conceived of Milton, experimented with prototypes, and collaborated with speech-language pathologist/feeding specialist Catherine Callahan (who also appears on this episode).

If you’re interested in purchasing Milton, use the code podcast15 to receive 15% off your purchase. Note: I do not receive commissions or other forms of compensation on sales of Milton.

Do you use Milton already? Let me know what you think! Forward your comments to: jeff@conversationsinspeech.com

Finally, if you like this podcast, would you mind leaving a review?

Links:

  1. Milton The Mealtime Companion
  2. Catherine Callahan’s Website
  3. Catherine’s Instagram page

Dec 26 2017

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CSP 044: Rinki's in the SNF

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It’s my pleasure to welcome back Rinki Varindani to the show! I first interviewed Rinki more than 2 years ago when she was working acute care in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Rinki has now relocated to upstate New York and working in…you guessed it- a SNF. What brought her to her present position, the adjustments she’s had to make, and the initiatives she’s since spearheaded are the subject of today’s episode.

We also talk a bit about cognitive-linguistic disorders, resources for treatment, as well an interesting case.

Rinki’s Bio: Rinki Varindani Desai is an ASHA-certified medical speech-language pathologist and BIAA-certified brain injury specialist, specializing in the rehabilitation of cognitive-linguistic and swallowing disorders in adults. She is a VitalStim® certified dysphagia therapist, trained in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) and is currently pursuing Board Certification as a specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.

Rinki is the founder of the Medical SLP Forum, co-author of the mobile app Dysphagia Therapy, and co-founder of Dysphagia Grand Rounds. She currently serves on ASHA’s SIG 13 Editorial Committee as Associate Editor of Perspectives, on the Dysphagia Research Society’s Website, Communications, and Public Relations Committee and has been selected for ASHA’s 2017 Leadership Development Program. She has presented at national and international conferences on topics related to adult dysphagia and written numerous articles for leading SLP websites and magazines. Originally from Mumbai, India; Rinki currently practices in Rochester, New York. Follow her SLP updates on Facebook and Twitter or reach out to her at rinkislp@gmail.com.

Links & References:

Rinki’s Medical SLP Page

Medical SLP Forum

Dysphagia Grand Rounds

Dysphagia Therapy Mobile App

ASHA Resources for SLPs in Long-Term Care

ASHA Practice Portal for Dementia

ASHA Practice Portal for Adult Dysphagia

ASHA End of Life Resources

Day in the Life of a SNF SLP

Caregiver’s Guide to Dysphagia in Dementia

Sep 19 2017

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CSP 043: The Traveling Traveler

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Julia Kuhn was born with the travel gene. Luckily, she gets to be in a profession that makes it easy to work on a temporary basis in a variety of locales. (Hawaii anyone?)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in a series of temporary assignments? What about housing, medical insurance, and potential odd problems looming out there? Julia addresses it all! In fact, you can get much more in-depth on the matter by checking out her blog at thetravelingtraveler.com.

Credit: “Cute” by Bensound

Sep 02 2017

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CSP 042: /skr/ape it to me!

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I met Kelly Vess at the 2016 ASHA convention. She was presenting a poster session on using evidence based practice to help 31 preschoolers with speech sound disorders (SSD). Kelly and her colleagues ran a study using a number of elements from recent literature on SSD’s. What she achieved was impressive. In a five week period, nearly all of her students achieved significant levels of improvement.

Today Kelly discusses her study as well as the key elements that we can all use to replicate her outcomes (including the use of multisensory cues).

To check out the actual poster presentation, head over to my website if you don’t see it in your podcast player. Here it is:

ASHA2015POSTERpdf

ASHA2016POSTERFINALpdf

You might also want to check out this summary page from ASHA. It provides brief descriptions of current interventions including the complexity approach.

As an aside, I want to point out that not everyone supports the complexity approach from which Kelly’s study is in part derived. To see another perspective, you might want to check out this blog post. I hope to explore these differences of opinions in future episodes. Can we agree there is still so much to learn and sort out?

Thanks to Kelly for taking part in this episode! And thank you for listening!

-Jeff

11/24/2017 Update: Here is a .pdf of Kelly’s most recent ASHA poster session!

Vess Poster Targeting R Session ID 9284

Jul 29 2017

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Nancy Inman's WordPower

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Do you ever wonder how the AAC “sausage” gets made? What in particular goes into the process of creating an AAC vocabulary set? Today we’re going to explore how one sausage in particular got made. It’s the story of WordPower, the popular AAC set created by my guest, Nancy Inman of Inman Innovations.

Nancy was previoulsy the program manager for the Department of Assistive Technology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. She’s worked in the area of AAC for years and here’s a spoiler alert: her initial inspiration for WordPower came from a client named John.

Show notes:

  • Check out the NPR’s How I Built This
  • The Beukelman Study
  • The poster session on symbol design I referred to was called Evaluation of AAC Symbol Design Using Foundational Design Principles & Elements. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an image or description of the study on  at the time this episode was uploaded, but here is a link in the 2016 ASHA program directory.
  • The company creating an app that purports to clarify unintelligible speech is called Voiceitt
  • An image of the Big Green Board

If you enjoy listening to these podcasts, please leave an honest review in the iTunes store.

Thanks!

Jun 06 2017

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CSP 040: Aphasia App-titude with Megan Sutton

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This episode is going to be a departure for me because I’m handing over the mic to none other than Rinki Varindani Desai to guest host! You might remember Rinki from a previous CSP episode. I was very impressed with Rinki’s passion for the field and her eagerness to take on so many extra-curricular projects. It was only natural I suppose, that I would eventually ask her to guest host on a topic that she has much more familiarity than I do.

Rinki’s guest today is Megan Sutton of Tactus Therapy, which is an app development company that develops a host of apps for the adult neurogenic population (aphasia, apraxia, dysphagia, etc.). Megan is an experienced clinical speech pathologist who has extensive experience in the area of aphasia and is a contributor to the book Healing the Broken Brain: Leading Experts Answer 100 Questions about Stroke Recovery which should be released in paperback around the time of this episode airs.

Links to today’s episode:

Apr 20 2017

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CSP 039: Yvette McCoy’s Most Interesting Case…GSW & Swallowing Recovery

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Today I’m debuting the first in what I hope will become an ongoing series. I like to call it: My Most Interesting Case.

Yvette McCoy is back on this inaugural episode to talk about a gentleman who suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His road back to swallowing was certainly not easy, but this story does have a pretty good ending.

Warning: This episode may not be suitable for younger or more sensitive listeners.

If you have a compelling clinical story to share, please contact me: jeff@converssationsinspeech.com

Cheers!

Mar 21 2017

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Jennifer Schultz on SLPA's

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On today’s show I’m talking with Jennifer Schultz, a speech pathologist and instructor at the Mitchell Technical Institute, about Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA). Jennifer is well versed on the topic of assistants in our profession and we cover a number of areas including:

  1. The roles of an SLPA
  2. Reasons for becoming an assistant.
  3. Requirements for licensure.

There are a lot of resources Jennifer provided me on SLPA’s (and related info). Here are some of them:

General Resources:

Salary Information and Job Statistics

Social Media

Twitter: @asha_associates

Facebook: Look up Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.

Jennifer’s Contact Info:

Jennifer Schultz, M.A., CCC-SLP

Mitchell Technical Institute

1800 E Spruce St.

Mitchell, SD 57301

Jennifer.schultz@mitchelltech.edu

Jenniferschultz.wikispaces.com

Twitter: @HawkeyeSLP

For you international listeners, I’d love to hear comments on whether your country uses assistants. Please let me know if that’s the case!

Thanks as always for listening!

Jeff

Mar 02 2017

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CSP 037: How We Approach Bilinguals (And What is a Bilingual Anyway?)

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Happy New Year everyone!

Today, on this first podcast of the new year, I welcome noted ASHA fellow Dr. Brian Goldstein to talk about bilingualism.

Brian is well known in our field for his work on bilingualism and in particular Spanish phonological development. He is the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at La Salle University and I’m told from first hand experience that he is an awesome teacher!

Here are just a few of the things we cover:

  1. When bilingualism became a focus of discussion
  2. How we define bilingualism
  3. The challenge of being a school-based SLP in a school with many spoken languages.

Hope you enjoy it!

Jeff

Jan 20 2017

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CSP 034: The Informed SLP

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We all strive to be better clinicians and adhere to using best practices whenever possible. This process requires us to keep up on the literature. But keeping up isn’t easy. For one thing, there are too many journals and papers to sift through. What’s more, consuming research can be expensive if you don’t work at a university (or aren’t a student at one).

Meredith Harold can’t allay all of our research anxieties, but she’s here to help! The Informed SLP is a monthly newsletter that distills the most important/noteworthy studies likely to make an immediate impact on our practice. Clinicians can look over her summaries and then decide which papers to pursue further. What a concept!

In today’s episode we cover:

  1. Meredith’s unconventional career path
  2. Why Meredith started The Informed SLP
  3. The divide between clinicians and researchers
  4. Language sampling, a crazy thought experiment, and more!

Please check out The Informed SLP if you haven’t already. Meredith also started a Facebook group and can be followed on Twitter here.

Finally, if you aren’t receiving occasional emails from me and remember signing up in the past, feel free to register again on my home page. I had some accidental purging of my email list.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Jeff

Dec 08 2016

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CSP 035: Is Private Practice in Your Future?

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Have you ever thought about starting your own private practice? Is now the time? If so, Scott Harmon can help. Scott is a successful occupational therapist running a brick and mortar practice in Arkansas. With over 10 years experience in private practice, he knows what works and what doesn’t.  This guy is very good at keeping his eye on the bottom line and understands which metrics matter.

On today’s show Scott talks about his work history leading up to the opening of his own practice. We also cover:

  1. How a gradual shift might be the best method to starting a practice for a majority of us
  2. How important it is to diversify your referral sources
  3. Why it’s important to have the “heart of the servant” in order to succeed
  4. Scott’s early private practice pains
  5. Scott’s Current billing and record system
  6. The dilemma of billing as an “out of network” provider
  7. What interested Scott in starting a podcast and developing and e-book & e-course
  8. An incentive program to lower cancellation rates
  9. Market Analyses
  10. What a typical day looks like for Scott

Links:

Scott’s Website (you can find both his e-book and Academy of Private Practice products at this site)

Scott’s Freebie (the survey results of current private practice owners)

Feel free to hit Scott up for any questions about your own private practice. He’ll be happy to hear from you!

Note: If you are interested in the Academy of Private Practice, Scott is offering $100 off the price of the course. Enter the code CIS (Conversations in Speech) for your discount. In full disclosure, I do receive an affiliate commission if you use this link to sign up.

Thanks as always for listening!

Nov 30 2016

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CSP 34: Benjamin's RPM Journey

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In this episode I’m asking an important question: Is it possible for a treatment methodology to be considered pseudoscience (at least today) and yet actually work for some individuals?

Yes, I’m delving into the world of RPM (Rapid Prompting Method), a controversial approach to educating and opening up the possibility of authentic communication among individuals with autism. We’re talking letter boards, torn paper, the whole works!

The centerpiece of my story is Benjamin, a teenager whose life has been changed by using RPM. Benjamin’s parents, Ashling and Jeff recount a story of frustration, misunderstandings, and ultimately hope. It’s the most powerful interview I’ve recorded in my podcast journey so far and I feel compelled to share it.

This episode will no doubt stoke a great deal of strong feelings (to say the least) among some listeners. Please understand that I know there is a lack of solid research on RPM (hence the pseudoscience moniker). But I’m not here to pass judgement one way or the other on the method’s global efficacy. Good research will hopefully answer those bigger questions in the future. Right now, I’m just interested in talking about Benjamin and opening up some conversations.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the show page for clickable links!  I’ll also be posting a couple of videos of Benjamin on my Facebook page!

Random Notes:

  1. This episode is over 2 hours long, but well worth the listen!
  2. I want to be clear that when I use the term “non-verbal”, it should not be used to infer one’s desire or potential to communicate. 
  3. I deliberately censored the names of Benjamin’s therapists, schools, and towns of residence for obvious reasons.
  4. I’m sure I’ll add more to this list later 🙂

Links:

Benjamin’s Website:

RPM’s Website

Here is the video on Benjamin learning about the U.S. Constitution:

Here is a link to the 60 Minutes video I referenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfiap3a7Tuo

A paper published on RPM referenced by the RPM website

Some Interesting articles I’ve come across either on the topic of RPM and/or FC:

  1. From The Atlantic. This is mostly on persistence of Facilitated Communication (FC), but also mentioning RPM (which many critics view as two peas in a pod)
  2. This video was sent to me in order to show how one might prove a facilitative effect in the use of a letter board. You be the judge…
  3.  There are many papers out there comparing FC to RPM. Here is one of them.
  4. A good summary of skeptics’ concerns and a plea for research! http://www.csicop.org/specialarticles/show/syracuse_apple_and_autism_pseudoscience

Nov 02 2016

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CSP 033: The Road to Graduate School

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I’m not sure what the profession looks like in the rest of the world, but here in the U.S. the field of speech pathology is getting harder to get into. There are currently more applicants than available spots in graduate school. What exactly are graduate programs looking for in candidates these days? Do grades and test scores still matter as much as other factors?

Today’s episode can’t begin to answer these questions definitively (I’m sure there are a wide range of requirements depending on the program). But I am happy to welcome Heidi Verticchio, a speech-language pathologist and graduate program/clinic director at Illinois State University’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. In our conversation, Heidi talks about what ISU’s program looks for in a candidate, how undergraduates are prepared for the future application process, newer methods for selecting applicants, and more.

This episode was made possible in part by at least 2 listener requests. I hope they (and you) get something useful out of it.

Go Redbirds!

Sep 23 2016

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My favorite speech podcast.

By Mary Lu hu - Sep 30 2019
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Jeff interviews a wide variety of speech-language pathologist’s using a thoughtful, objective, professional style. The podcast has usable meaty information without some of the chatty fluff of some podcasts. I wish his podcasts could be used for CEU’s, but regardless will listen as long as Jeff continues to host it.

Please more

By jmw9900 - Dec 02 2016
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Please more please, best SLP podcast resource and would like some more convo woop woop