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Finding a Work-Life Balance: SLP Edition

The phrase “burn-out” is too common in the SLP world. Many SLPs are overworked, underpaid and sometimes under-appreciated. I’ve been there! I can probably say we’ve all been there including other disciplines. SLPs often have demanding workloads and maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial for SLPs to prevent burnout and ensure quality care for …

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The SLP Mom

This blog is personal for me and not typically something I’d speak about. I figured I’d share this because I’m pretty sure I’m not the only mom (specifically SLP mom) who has mom guilt regarding having a child with a speech delay. My oldest son was born on the cusp of 37 weeks because I …

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Que es lo que tu trabajas?

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, I figured I’d talk a bit about defining success in the Hispanic culture. My family is from the Dominican Republic and I am first generation American. What does that mean for me? Well, I can easily name 5 things: 1. Maintaining my Dominican culture while also assimilating to American …

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Understanding Aphasia: Unlocking the Mysteries of Language Impairment

Language is a powerful tool that enables us to communicate, connect, and express our thoughts and emotions. However, for individuals with aphasia, this essential function becomes disrupted, presenting a unique set of challenges. Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to understand and express language. Aphasia is a condition that arises from …

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Keep it at Baseline: Basic Principles of Patient Care

Speech Pathologists tend to wear many hats. Sometimes you are your patients emotional support therapist, a nurses’ assistant, a playdate for the EI kids, the person who helps people talk or sometimes you’re the nice lady who brings food. Despite the different hats that are assigned to us by others, one thing is for sure- …

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The Dream Job- Choosing a Clinical Fellowship (CF)

The Clinical Fellowship Year, also known as a CFY in the Speech Pathology world, is probably just as anticipated as graduation. Before Speech Pathologists obtain their Certificate of Clinical Competency(CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), SLPs must complete their Clinical Fellowship Year. During a CFY, SLPs work under a supervising SLP and …

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What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a medical condition that affects the ability to swallow food, liquids, or saliva. It can occur at any age but is more common in older adults. Dysphagia is a serious condition that can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, aspiration pneumonia, and even death. Therefore, it is important to understand the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis …

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The face behind The Vocal Point!

Hello reader! My name is Linelly Nieves and I am a Speech Language Pathologist- licensed in the state of New York and Texas. I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I come from a Dominican background and Spanish is my first language. Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer. …

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