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Getting The Word Out - Speech Therapy And Social Media

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Twitter-1.jpgSpeech pathologists help people acquire or regain the ability to speak. They also address physical issues such as swallowing and other oral motor disorders.

Given that communication is their goal - if speech therapists want to reach others in their profession - it behooves them to use social media.

Why? Because that is where the people are. Newsletters and localized groups are limited geographically, but the Internet is a global place for professional development, encouragement and meeting others of like mind.

On the many platforms available, social media allows the professional to be in a community with others who understand what the job entails and can "talk shop". It also can get the word out about what speech therapy actually is, since there are a surprising number of people who don't know. It you are a therapist, you can keep abreast of new methods, research and resources.

Not every outlet is right for every therapist. You may find Facebook easy to navigate while someone else might favor blogs or follow a specific group. Whatever your taste, temperament or time schedule, there is a social media site for you, a place to share experiences, stumbling blocks and triumphs.

Speech and Language pathologist and founding member of #SLPeeps, Mary Huston, MS CCC-SLP, is a big fan of Twitter. "I can say unequivocally Twitter has made me a better clinician, helped me widen my professional boundaries, and helped me a build a primary learning network that is unrivaled." One of the greatest benefits is that you can find like-minded colleagues on social media for support and conversation.

If you are a speech therapist interested in finding a position and need assistance, please contact us.


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