Blogging and podcasting for Speech Therapy

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Photo by Barbara Fernandes

Many of us were born before or when the Internet was just a luxury. I did not even put my hand on a computer until I was 11 years old. From that day forward, I often stayed awake at night just to learn how to create websites, play games or to surf the Internet. Today I still spend many hours daily in front of the computer– I love to blog and network with my fellow speech therapists online.

Imagine that each one of us now has the potential to share our knowledge with millions of people around the world, including with other speech therapists, parents and even individuals whom have a communication disorder. We all have something we can share; we can each be both creators and disseminators of information on a daily basis. I wish I could get paid just to blog, but so far it has been only a hobby.

On my blog called, “GeekSLP Blog”, I write mostly about the use of technology for speech therapy. I am an Apple fan and fan of all the gadgets that make my work easier and more entertaining for the children whom I give therapy. Blogging made it possible for common people like you and me to be the creators of information. We are no longer dependent on big corporations to “teach” us; we learn from one another and grow together. One of the greatest things about blogging is connecting with people that share the same passion (e.g I have several virtual SLP friends that share my passion for technology).

Podcasting has the same function as blogging just in a different format: video or audio only podcasts. I have named my video podcast “GeekSLP TV” (how creative!); people can watch it on YouTube or they can also download episodes on their iPhone, iPod or iPad. At first, it was kind of weird because you are putting your face out there; however, after my seventh episode things started getting a lot easier. I just hope people enjoy watching the podcasts as much as I enjoy recording it for my audience. The best aspect about podcasting is that you do not even have to be a geek to create a podcast; a voice recorder or a video camera is all you need to get started.

I hope you get inspired and start blogging or podcasting today. I would love to hear from you and your new way to share your knowledge with the world.

Barbara Fernandes is a trilingual speech and language pathologist. She is the director of Smarty Ears and the face behind GeekSLP TV, a blog and video podcast focusing on the use of technology in speech therapy. Barbara has also been a practicing speech therapist both in Brazil and in the United States. She is a an active participant of the Texas Speech and Hearing Association as a member of the TSHA Culturally and linguistically diverse issues task force. Barbara has created over 15 applications for speech therapists.


  1. says

    I LOVE your blog, podcasts, and Smarty Ears products, Barbara!! You’re an innovative professional who inspires and educates others. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

  2. Angela says

    I see that you’re trilingual and work in Brazil too. I’m going to make an educated guess, and say that you speak Portuguese. Well, me too! so in finding you, I am doubly excited by the possibility that you may want to create apps for SLPs in Portuguese as well. Any interest, or anything in the making?

    • says

      Hi Angela,

      I am brazilian living in USA now. My company Smarty Ears has created 15 apps for speech therapy, mostly in English and two in Spanish. I will be releasing this month two apps in Portuguese: one of articulation and one AAC app.
      Here is the link to my website I am now translating the webpage into Spanish & Portuguese as we “speak”.
      I would love to chat! Do you live in Brazil?


  3. marcio says

    Prezada Barbara,

    Fiquei muito feliz ao saber do seu envolvimento com os aplicativos de desenvolvimento de linguagem para crianças com necessidades especiais, parabéns pelo seu trabalho!. Meu filho apresenta atraso de desenvolvimento com dificuldade de comunicação. Na consulta com o neurologista ele comentou que existiam aplicativos para ipad que talvez ajudariam no desenvolvimento do meu filho.

    A partir deste momento tenho procurado intensamente estes aplicativos mas tenho encontrado apenas alguns aplicativos em inglês. Vi uma entrevista sua num site comentando que vcs estavam desenvolvendo aplicativos em português. Gostaria de saber se vcs já tem algo disponível.



  4. says

    Such communication difficulties may negatively impact on job performance, educational advancement and everyday life activities. For these reasons, some people may want to modify or change their accent.

  5. says

    If you feel your accent is interfering with your daily communication, a speech pathologist is able to help you. They can complete an assessment on your current speech patterns, and then provide you with the information and feedback you need to improve your English pronunciation.


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