Top Speech-Language Pathology Blogs 2020
Although online speech pathology master’s programs don’t usually offer concentrations, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) do have the ability to focus their career on different populations, settings, conditions, and teaching strategies. We created this list of top speech pathology blogs to celebrate all of the interesting paths a speech pathology career can take! We also wanted to provide our graduate student and aspiring grad student audience with continuous information from leaders in various aspects of the field.
Choosing this list of blogs wasn’t easy- we carefully combed through many sites to inspect variety, uniqueness, frequency of posts, and in depth coverage of topics. We also considered the “category” of speech-language pathology that the blog fell under to ensure that a variety of experiences were represented. The result is a comprehensive list of top blogs that will satisfy your need for speech-related information of any kind.
In this list you will find the following categories:
- Adult, Medical, and Swallowing
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Adult, Medical, and Swallowing
Congratulations to this year’s top medical, swallowing, and adult speech-language pathology blogs:
While Speech IRL discusses topics ranging from fluency to language in all populations, we are especially thankful for the attention that they give to fluency disorders in the adult population. Most recently there have been several blog posts dedicated specifically to the stutter. There are also several articles full of great advice for those pursuing their graduate degree. Expect to find many fun references to Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and more!
We suggest this post: Conversation is hard. That’s normal.
Ozark Speech Pathologist
While Jessica started out as a speech pathologist in a school setting, she is now focused on the adult population in the Ozarks. Many of her posts include great free resources for working with those with aphasia and dysphagia. These materials range from aphasia therapy photo cards to checklists for evaluating patients to organizational tools. Jessica also provides therapy strategies specific to this population.
Constant therapy is specific to those who have suffered from a stroke or traumatic brain injury. The blog does a thorough job of breaking down speech and communication disorders commonly associated with this population. In addition, it has some great advice for getting your clients to practice beyond the classroom. Constant Therapy also keeps you up to date on new research in the space.
We suggest this post: 10 Ways to Motivate and Empower Your Clients to Practice
Swallow Your Pride (Podcast)
Swallow Your Pride is a podcast by Theresa Richards completely dedicated to working with clients with dysphagia and swallowing disorders. The show interviews lots of experts who get you up to date on cutting edge treatment approaches that are backed by research. Swallow Your Pride is about bringing clinicians together to look at big issues in the field from different angles, so that professionals with different beliefs, methods, and knowledge bases can understand each other a little better. Theresa’s blog, Mobile Dysphagia Diagnostics, is also a great resource that discusses several topics from the physiology of swallowing to bedside manner, again stressing the importance on research and keeping up to date in your knowledge of best practices.
We suggest starting from the beginning!
Eat, Speak, & Think
Eat, Speak, & Think is for SLPs who want to work in home health or who are struggling to make it work. The blog is full of great tips specific to managing work-life balance as an SLP, and also offers assessment tools and tools that patients themselves can use. Lisa Murray draws from her experience treating patients with swallowing, speech production, language comprehension, voice, and cognitive communication issues.
We suggest this post: 7 Tips to Benefit Your Home Health Patients and Minimize Your Workload
Tactus Therapy creates a fantastic array of apps for helping with all sorts of speech, language, communication, and swallowing issues. Their blog is geared toward medical speech pathologists, with information for working with aphasia, dysphagia, and the other speech disorders that are associated with strokes. Beyond treatment information, the blog also provides information on the science behind these disorders and how they occur.
We suggest this post: Changing Course – Transitioning from School to Medical Speech Therapy
The Home Health SLP Handbook
The Home Health SLP Handbook aims to provide therapists with the tools they need to become awesome adult home health therapists. The blog offers content with the intention to provide new SLPs working in the home setting with compassion and support.
We suggest this post: 19 Valuable Productivity Tips for Therapists in Home Health
Congratulations to this year’s top bilingual speech-language pathology blogs:
Smart Speech Therapy
Though Smart Speech Therapy specializes in bilingual pediatric speech therapy, the blog has advice pertaining to many aspects of the speech field. Tatyana Elleseff’s in depth posts take you step by step through a variety of client scenarios so you feel like you are there evaluating the patient with her. Her blog is full of data and evidenced based information, so you know that when you implement her strategies that they are based on studies and results.
We suggest this post: What Should be Driving Our Treatment?
Bilingual Therapies is an organization that helps speech pathologists who work in schools that are culturally diverse. Their blog, ¡Adelante! Is a great resource for helping clients with speech and emotions. You will find activities and strategies for speech, language, communication, and social disorders. If you are looking for multiculturally inclusive holiday activity ideas and crafts for your speech room, this blog provides ideas for every holiday and season.
We suggest this post: Why Communicating Well with Parents is Crucial for Your Students
Speech Therapy Talk
Bridget was inspired to start Speech Therapy Talk after noticing that therapy didn’t always correlate well to real life experience, no matter what setting she was practicing in. The blog provides strategies and ideas for integrating therapy into real life, beyond just the classroom. You will also find a great selection of bilingual materials. She provides a good body of information on the different ways that people become bilingual as well as speech therapy strategies that are specifically helpful to bilingual students.
We suggest this post: Bilingualism in Language Development
Congratulations to this year’s top speech-language pathology communication blogs:
Beautiful Speech Life
Although Anne Rohrer tackles all sorts of speech related topics on her blog, we especially love the attention she gives to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and functional communication. Beautiful Speech Life is full of great tips for low budget functional communication, and the author has a talent for using personal experiences to teach imitable lessons in speech.
We suggest this post: How I Used Core Vocabulary to Get Results: A True Story
Carole Zangari’s blog is completely dedicated to augmentative and alternative communications- covering everything from the low tech to brand new apps and other innovations. It is a great resource for speech professionals looking to help those with significant communication difficulties or who are looking for more ways to integrate AAC into their speech room. The blog also posts a “video of the week” featuring helpful AAC related tips and how tos.
We suggest this post: Dealing with Feelings: 5 Ways to Encourage Emotion-related Expression by AAC Learners
In this blog, Pam Drennen discusses a wide range of speech topics but primarily focuses on communication as it relates to those on the autism spectrum. The blog has a lot of great material on autism “social stories” which prepare those with autism for significant, routine breaking events such as a vacation or becoming a big brother or sister. There is also very interesting material on childhood technology use and addiction and the way technology affects development.
We suggest this post: Autism Social Stories: Preparing for an Airplane Trip
Nicole is an expert in childhood autism disorders who has an impressive variety of experiences to draw from – from practice owner to professor to clinical director. She has created some helpful guidelines for what parents should do if they are noticing early on that their child is missing developmental milestones, including those pertaining to speech. Most posts are directed towards the parents of children who would benefit from speech therapy, making this a great resource to pass on to the parents of the children you work with as an SLP.
We suggest this post: What To Do If You Suspect Your Child Might Have A Speech And/Or Language Delay
Badger State Speechy
Donna Miazga started out working with patients with traumatic brain injuries, and has since began working with younger clients who have social and communication disorders. She offers many ideas for working with children who need help with their social skills and for improving the effectiveness of social skills interventions. This is an especially helpful blog for any SLP working with kids and teens with autism, but is also a valuable resource for any speechie.
We suggest this post: School Supports for Students With Selective Mutism
Congratulations to this year’s top pediatric speech-language pathology blogs:
Erik X Raj: Speech-Language Pathologist
Pick any one video or podcast of Erik’s and you won’t be able to avoid the engaging enthusiasm and humor that comes with his unique speech related insights. He has a way of using great analogies to describe the SLP client relationship as he offers tips and advice for how to approach teaching your students. He also creates helpful apps for the speech room and beyond. Eric runs a weekly trivia podcast that provides a fun way to learn more about the speech-language pathology field!
We suggest this post: The Diagnosis Doesn’t Define the Person, the Person Defines the Diagnosis
Speech Therapy Ideas
This resource is jam packed with activities for speech-language pathology students. From games to activities to worksheets to advice, Speech Therapy Ideas is a one stop shop for materials that add to both learning and fun in the classroom. The website is well organized so it is easy to find the types of activities and materials that you are looking for, whatever they may be.
We suggest this post: Demo for Using the Site
Teach Me To Talk!
This is a useful read not only for SLPs but for the parents of children benefiting from speech therapy as well. The blog specifically focuses on toddlers and the speech issues they encounter. Most recently, she has written wonderful sequences on joint attention skill development and late talkers- The author has developed a weekly podcast that has surpassed its 300th episode and offers a variety of SLP strategies and advice for working with toddlers!
We suggest this post: Receptive Language Delays… The MOST Overlooked Problem in Late Talkers
Sublime speech is a great resource for classroom materials, speech strategies, and information on speech related technology. One thing we love about Danielle Reed’s posts is the career advice she gives to her following- she has multiple posts on topics such as making your job one that you love and understanding the value that SLPs bring to their schools. She is very in tune with the challenges that school SLPs face and always offers a way to deal with them effectively.
We suggest this post: What’s in a Name?
My Toddler Talks
Kimberly Scanlon offers ideas for speech and language exercises to use with toddlers, including ones that seamlessly integrate into fun, every day activities. My Toddler Talks has also created an awesome app for tracking toddlers’ first words. This blog is full of unique and worthwhile ideas for any SLP involved in early interventions, including activities for motor skill development.
Shannon Lisowe’s blog combines advice, exercises, and activity ideas that are grouped into three categories: 0-3, elementary school, and middle school. She has a lot of personal experience to offer middle school speech pathologists in current posts, as she is one herself. The blog also speaks frequently about speech-language pathology technology and provides a ton of activity and material ideas around augmentative alternative communication.
We suggest this article: SLP Insight: My Four Behavior Management Profiles
The Speech Bubble™
This blog covers many facets of speech- from articulation to fluency to language. You will also find a lot of information on Speech-Language Pathology technology. The blog draws from applied behavior analysis based strategies, such as prompting, that you can use when working with students who have social communication disabilities. The Speech Bubble is here to remind you why speech-language pathology is so great and rewarding, even when you’re feeling burned out.
We suggest this post: Can you really go paperless in speech therapy?
Congratulations to this year’s top speech-language pathology research blogs:
The Informed SLP
If you are looking for a blog that is all about data and evidence based practice, then the Informed SLP is for you! This blog is full of ways that speech pathologists can integrate evidence based practice into their speech room, as well as tips for conducting research. The blog takes it another step further and frequently provides you with up to date evidence that can be used in speech pathology practice, so that you can find it all in one place.
We suggest this post: How am I supposed to find time to read research?!?
Congratulations to this year’s top school speech-language pathology blogs:
Old School Speech
Old School Speech is written by a “speech veteran” who has over 30 years of experience in the field, has worked in six school districts, and has so much knowledge to share. From activity ideas to motivation to organizational tips, this blog is full of great advice for any classroom. The suggested post below is a great reminder to us all that observation is important, and that speech specialists must meet students where they are at. Speech is not one size fits all!
We suggest this post: Keys to Modifying Therapy Activities
Natalie Snyders SLP
Natalie has worked with students of all ages and has a varied experience to draw from for her school speech pathology blog. You will find unique activity ideas that include everything from mini shopping carts to beach balls. Graduate students will also benefit from a variety of advice specific for them. There are helpful professional tips as well, including advice on goal setting and earning grant money for the classroom.
We suggest this post: Building Positive Staff Relationships in Your School
Doyle Speech Works
Annie Doyle is an inspiration for anyone who needs ideas for adapting treatment plans to the needs of a particular student. When one of her students isn’t benefiting from a session the way the others are, she flawlessly finds a way to creatively work around it or even use it as an opportunity to teach students a new skill. She has also been a speech-language pathologist for over 30 years and has a lot of wisdom to share from all of her experience!
We suggest this post: Carnac the Magnificent in Speech-Language Therapy
Speech and Language Kids
Carrie Clark is known for taking complex research and breaking it down into easy to follow, step by step plans that are easy to put into motion. If you find it challenging to look into new evidence-based practice research- look no further because Carrie has your back! There are a ton of useful resources on her site for therapy activities, strategies for working with various speech disorders, time saving, and more. The site looks at a variety of disorders- voice, swallowing, language, communication, and more.
We suggest this post: Productivity Tools for Speech Therapists
This blog is all about getting yourself organized and efficient as a Speech-Language Pathologist. The resource offers a bunch of time saving tips and data collection strategies that speech practitioners can put to use in speech rooms. There are many posts offering advice to speech pathology students or talking about the student experience…making this an especially useful resource for soon to be speech pathologists.
We suggest this post: 5 Tips for Supervising SLP Graduate Students
The Dabbling Speechie
The Dabbling Speechie features holiday activities for speech rooms, organizational strategies, and efficiency tricks. Author Felice Clark wants classrooms to be engaging and fun without speech-language pathologists having to put themselves out of designing lesson plans. The author also makes her writing fun for her readers with pop culture references and humor. There are also some excellent pieces on handling stress and the challenges that come with being an speech-language pathologist.
We suggest this post: 5 Mistakes I made in My CF Year
Speech Room News
Jenna Rayburn Kirk has lots of ideas for spicing up speech rooms everywhere. She also has many excellent efficiency and organizational resources that you can access on the site! Speech Room News is a well rounded collection of activities and advice that just keeps growing. There are several new posts each month so there is always something new to read!
We suggest this post: Staying Organized while Supervising an SLP Graduate Student
Nicole Allison was inspired to become a speech pathologist early on in life after benefiting from speech therapy herself. In her blog you will find lots of activity ideas and motivation for her fellow speech peeps. Ideas range from those for young children to middle and high school students, so there is something for every school speech pathologist. She also is just starting a newsletter called “The Minimalist SLP” that is completely dedicated to helping speech-language pathologists be efficient and do less with more- we can’t wait to see all of the great simplicity tips she has to offer!
We suggest this post: Evidence Based Interventions: Context Clues
This blog covers a wide variety of topics in the school speech-language pathology realm, but much of the advice extends to other specializations outside of the school setting. Recently, the blog has had a consistent focus on literacy based therapy, and offers a lot of valuable information on the subject. The caseload management section of the blog is full of lots of ideas for efficient planning, and there is a big emphasis throughout the blog on evidence-based practice!
We suggest this post: How to Use Evidence to Become a Better SLP
Ms. Gardenia’s Speech
Ms. Gardenia has experience in both clinical and school settings to draw from. Her blog is full of creative ideas and activities for speech pathologists as well as parents to use with their children during speech therapy. While her blog mainly focuses on school aged clients, she has some great advice for working with adult clients too! There are many great “take home” ideas on this blog for working with your child on his or her speech and language outside the speech room.
We suggest this post: Motivating Preschoolers in Speech Therapy
Super Power Speech
Cheri Chin’s Super Power Speech has been at it for 10 years and has a huge amount of resourceful posts to prove it. This blog does a thorough job of covering a wide range of teaching strategies, assessment resources and more; there is always something new to learn! It is hard to focus on one thing Cheri does best because there really is so much great material in her blog, but one thing we really love about it is that she is always drawing from personal experiences that add a lot of power and realness to the messages she is trying to convey.
We suggest this post: How to Engage Kids When Transitioning to Speech
Teaching Talking mixes some sage advice on improving organization and efficiency with therapy strategies and a whole bunch of printable materials for classrooms. Many of the articles provide a clear list of tips and action items that make the advice given easy to implement. This is a good read for any speech pathologist working in a school setting, especially when it comes to getting organized and being efficient
We suggest this post: Working With Mixed Groups Made Easy
Congratulations to this year’s top speech-language pathology technology blogs:
Home Sweet Speech Room
Home Sweet Speech Room features creative ideas and printables for the speech room. Most recently the blog has been providing thorough reviews on speech related apps. The author works with children of all ages, so there is applicable information for SLPs working with anyone 18 or younger. There is also an extensive library of resources for improving articulation, grammar, language, social communication, and more.
We recommend checking out an app review
Read our interview with Carissa Speelman
The Next Chapter in my Speech World
Nanette Cote offers creative ways to use technology in the speech room, such as having her clients talk to Amazon’s Alexa. She also writes reviews on more speech specific apps and technological tools. If you are interested in dabbling in speech pathology telepractice, you should definitely check out this The Next Chapter in my Speech World as Nanette works for a telepractice company and provides detailed information on how it works and what to expect.
We suggest this post: Telepractice- Your Questions Answered
Sean Sweeney takes a deep dive into tech in speech, with posts about how to make decisions on what technology you need, how to determine if a piece of tech or an app is worthwhile, and even how to use social media as a learning tool. His approach to integrating technology into the classroom is a creative one that will definitely teach you something new. He also presents ways to equip students with technology tools that will help them in the rest of their classes.
We suggest this post: Teaching in Social Media Contexts
Congratulations to this year’s top speech-language pathology voice blogs:
A Tempo Voice Center
A blog completely dedicated to voice disorders…we love it! There are not too many resources specifically dedicated to voice, so this is a must read for anyone working with clients with voice disorders. Posts are always thorough and engaging- there is a lot of insight and education on vocal rehabilitation as well on populations, such as fitness instructors, who are especially prone to vocal injury.
We suggest this post: A Day in the Life of a Voice SLP