The Best Speech-Language Pathologist Blogs from ‘A to Z’

Editor’s Note: In her daily work at PediaStaff, Heidi is Editor in Chief of the popular PediaStaff Blog for pediatric and school based therapist, and also created the PediaStaff’s Pinterest Site  for therapists and parents of special needs children.  The company’s continuing work to educate, share resources with, and support the special needs community has been featured on, and Love That Max, (an award-winning special needs blog).   In addition, PediaStaff has been recently profiled by the well-regarded social media blog, The Realtime Report, for their innovative work on the Pinterest social media site.


Author’s Note:   I would like to thank the following speech-language bloggers for contributing to this article:  Activity Tailor, All 4 My Child, Future SLPs, Play on Words, Speech Lady Liz, and Speech Room News.


The number of Speech-Language Pathologists blogging and engaging in social media grew steadily in 2011. Those of us who are active on Twitter (we call ourselves the #SLPeeps), have been sharing articles and resources on blogs, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Recently though, the new social media kid on the block, Pinterest, has made it easier than ever for SLPs to engage each other and share ideas. And with all the sharing going on, it has given bloggers a new place to network their ideas and find inspiration for new ones. While I am not sure exactly if there is causality, it seems that Pinterest is inspiring SLPs to jump into the blogging world. We have counted at least nine brand new SLP bloggers since the first of the year and all of them are also on Pinterest.

I was recently speaking with Maggie McGary, ASHA’s Social Media guru, and we started talking about how great it would be to survey Speech-Language bloggers and compile a short-list of ‘must follow blogs’ for both SLPs and their clients.   Sean Sweeney has compiled a great list of blogs in the SLP Blog Bundle, but he doesn’t have a list of exactly who is in there, nor does he describe them anywhere one by one. So, since we have relationships with a great many of the regular speech and language bloggers already through our blog at PediaStaff, I mistakenly thought that I was well-suited for the job of compiling a ‘Best Blogs’ list. I emailed our contributors with a straw poll of sorts to get their votes for the best speech and language blogs in each of several areas. I waited patiently for results, and planned how I would deliver the findings to you in this column.

The results? Well…. The moral of this story is that there isn’t a short list! There are now a dizzying number of blogs to follow and most of them are definitely worth reading. What’s more, our respondents found it impossible to rank as “better” or “best” because they all have their own flavors and angles.

After the ‘best laid plans,’ fell through, what emerged was a list of the active blogs that were submitted as favorites, ordered from A to Z , plus some that are brand new that deserve notice.   In order to make this list, the blogs needed to meet the following criteria:

  • written by a speech-language pathologist or current graduate student
  • currently active
  • writes about (or shares resources on) speech language topics at least once a week (preferably more)
  • directed to either clinicians, parents and caregivers
  • has good ongoing continuity without multiple periods of inactivity in the past
  • professional and well edited for spelling, grammar, etc
  • shares more general resources and news than it does information on their own products or services

It is important to note that note that neither PediaStaff nor any of the contributors to this list specifically endorse any of these bloggers, nor make any claims to the clinical competence of the authors. In fact, a few of these bloggers keep their full names to themselves to protect their privacy, so we have no way of verifying if they are who they say they are. Please make your own informed decision as to the effectiveness/appropriateness of what these clinicians are sharing.   I know this is by all means not a conclusive list (especially since new great new blogs seem to be popping up like daisies!) but as of  March 2012, the following are the speech and language blogs that PediaStaff and our colleagues recommend that also meet the above criteria:

Activity Tailor – Kim Lewis, M.Ed, is a private practitioner working in school settings.  Her lovely blog includes easy, creative treatment activities and private practice tips. I especially like her clever seasonal ideas and occasional commentary pieces.

All 4 My Child – This Edublog finalist for best new blog offers book reviews, searchable by goal or theme with activities for use to meet therapeutic goals. This site also shares uniquely collaborative therapy ideas, experiences and musings related to social interaction written by co-treating SLPs and OTs.

ASHASphere – You are reading it now.   Definitely a “greatest hits” blog with tremendous articles for speech and language clinicians daily!

Becoming Olivia SLP – Olivia is a graduate student in Canada chronicling her experiences as an SLP student in video log (vlog) format. She is full of energy and creating quite a bit of chatter for herself amongst the ‘SLPeeps.’

Chapel Hill Snippets  – Ruth Morgan is a school-based clinician who highlights her “assorted observations both in work and play.” Her blog is insightful and well-written. Ruth’s free therapy shares (often downloadable books) are especially popular and well done.

Child Talk – Becca Jarzynski, who specializes in autism, writes a wonderful speech and language therapy blog for parents/caregivers that should not be missed. Her articles offer concrete ideas for parents to help their child communicate during “everyday life.”

Cindy L. Meester’s Blog – An oldie but a goodie, Cindy Meester’s blog has been extremely popular with SLPs since before blogging (and reading blogs) was trendy. While she blogs about all sorts of topics, she was recognized by the Edublog Awards as a finalist in the Ed Tech category.

Early Intervention Speech Therapy – Stephanie Bruno Dowling has a well-known blog on Advance for SLPs and Audiologists. It is unique among the blogs on this list in that it is only one of a few that specialize in Early Intervention.

Eric Sailers’ Blog – Eric is a former school-based clinician who blogs about technical applications for SLPs. He is also the creator of several apps including ArticPix.

Erik X. Raj, Speech Language Pathologist – Erik is a creative SLP, best known for former blog ‘ArticBrain’ which shared how to really engage kids in speech with humor and talk of ‘boogers’ and bugs! He is also blogging on Pocket SLP.   His current blog is a video blog.

Hanna B. gradstudentSLP – is a brand new blogger who has come onto the SLP blogging scene just in the past eight weeks. So far, she has made some very nice (and quite frequent) posts on a variety of school-based topics.

In Spontaneous Speech – This blog was recommended to us recently by several bloggers that speak highly of Cindy. We have started following her and suggest that you check her out as well.

If I Only Had Super Powers  – This blog is another “oldie but goodie” that has been around since long before blogging was popular. Although we have not gotten to know this blogger personally, she is on our ‘must read list.’

Jill Kuzma’s SLP Social & Emotional Skill Sharing Site – Jill works with students with Asperger’ Syndrome and other high functioning students with social and emotional needs. This blogger is well-respected among her peers in the industry and her blog has much to offer.

Let’s Talk Speech-Language Pathology – Brand new in February of 2012, this is a student blog with some nice potential. We are looking forward to reading her thoughts and ideas.

Little Stories – Kim Rowe’s parent oriented blog is new to us, but was recommended to be in this list by our colleagues at All4MyChild. Based on what we have read so far, it seems to have some great resources and insights for caregivers of young children with speech and language delay.

LiveSpeakLove – Another brand new school-based SLP blogger, Lisa at LiveSpeakLove, is an SLP in the Baltimore County Public Schools. She has creative activities and offers up a bunch of great Boardmaker shares, often with a seasonal bent.

The PediaStaff Blog  – I feel a bit awkward including our own blog in this list, but the contributors to this article insisted that I mention it. With posts up to five times a day, the PediaStaff blog aggregates and presents a collection of the clinical articles, treatment ideas, and news. Our staff combs over 100 therapy blogs, websites, and news wire feeds daily,  to ensure that PediaStaff readers receive the best information available as it is happens and is written.

Play on Words – This unique, ‘must-read’ blog focuses on toys, games and books that facilitate language development. Sherry Artemenko writes excellent book and product reviews, and also offers up specific ways parents can sneak speech language therapy practice into family fun time at home.

Playing with Words 365 – We discovered this blog through Pinterest. SLP blogger Katie is also certified in ABA. She has a well developed blog that, although written for parents and caregivers, is quite popular among her peers in the profession.

Say What Y’all – Here is yet another brand new school-based SLP blog with great promise. Clean and fresh, Haley Villines’ blog has a modern and creative feel that is echoed by her excellent articles, so far.

Speech Gadget – ‘Deb T., SLP’s’ blog features a variety of articles on books to use in speech language therapy, tools, websites, apps and other online resources. On hiatus for a bit, she seems to be back in action with regular (and excellent) posts and tips.

The Speech Guy – Quite active in the #SLPeeps community on Twitter and Facebook, Jeremy Legaspi, SLP, writes primarily about technology. His articles on worthwhile apps, interactive websites, and technology are definitely worth reading.

The Speech Ladies – This mother and daughter team has an excellent school-based blog full of colorful posts, creative ideas and free downloads. Highly recommended!

Speech Lady Liz – Liz Gretz is a second generation SLP with a great deal of energy and creativity. Her blog is oriented to parents and professionals alike and features tons of colorful, culturally relevant activities that the kiddos can get excited about. She is also very active on Pinterest.

Speech Room News – Young and full of energy, school-based SLP Jenna Rayburn posts fresh, fun activities to promote speech and language goals. New last year, the site was awarded First Runner-Up among in the Edublog 2011 awards in the ‘Best New Blog Category.’ PediaStaff is proud to have made the initial nomination of Speech Room News for this award.

Speech Techie – Sean Sweeney is no stranger to technically savvy (and wanna-be technically savvy) SLPs. He is a regular presenter at both ASHA and Boston University on using technology for Speech and Language therapy. This blog is a must read and is a past EduBlog first place winner in the ‘New Blog’ cateogory.

Speech Time Fun – “Miss Speechie” is also a brand-new and already prolific young blogger. Her posts are full of colorful, creative and fun ideas for the classroom.  She is active on Pinterest and often modifies ideas she finds there through a speech/language lens.

Sublime Speech – The explosion of creative new speech blogs continues with Sublime Speech. Lots of ‘Do It Yourself’ activities with free downloadable versions of her creative and ‘hip’ creations! Another one to watch!

Talk It Up Speech Therapy – Ashley Dyer McGeehon’s ‘Talk it Up’ is another brand new one to watch online. A school-based SLP, her ideas are current, interesting, and engaging.

Therapy App411 – This new group blog, also an Edublog nominee, is a collaborative effort of several of our favorite therapy bloggers. The aim is to review smartphone and tablet apps through a therapy lens. Is a must follow for SLPs interested in using smartphones, tablets and technology in the clinic and classroom.

There are several other blogs that I would like to offer honorable mention to that didn’t meet all our criteria.  For the most part they are just not posting often enough  (how dare those student bloggers pay more attention to their classwork than their blog!) or have taken too many extended breaks from blogging.   Please be sure to check out:  2 Gals Talk About Speech Therapy, Cree-zy, Crazy Speechie, Easy Speech and Language Ideas, Future SLPs, Geek SLP, Heather’s Speech Therapy, Landria Seals’ Blog, The Learning Curve, Lexical Linguist, Mommy Speech Therapy, Pathologically Speaking, and The Speech House


Heidi Kay is one of the founding partners of PediaStaff and is the editor-in-chief of the PediaStaff Blog, which delivers the latest news, articles, research updates, therapy ideas, and resources from the world of pediatric and school-based therapy. PediaStaff is a nationwide, niche oriented company focused on the placement and staffing of pediatric therapists including speech-language pathologists.



  1. says

    Thanks everyone for your work on this, especially Heidi. I appreciate the mention(s)! There are a number in here that I didn’t know about- I am going to go ahead and add them right away to the SLP Blogs Bundle as well, so if people want to subscribe to it, they will be in there!


  2. says

    Maggie and Heidi, Thanks so much for the mention, but an even bigger thanks for alerting me to a number of blogs I’m not familiar with…yet!

  3. says

    Heidi what a great list you have compiled! Thanks so much for the recognition! After seeing the list we need to update our blog roll! We love this great community of SLPS who are willing to share their ideas!

  4. says

    Heidi, thanks for the mention! Too funny that I posted a similar list on my own site this week! Ha! GREAT list with summaries of the blogs! 😀

  5. says

    I feel honored to be on the list! Thank you so much for the highlight of my blog. It’s so nice to be a part of this fabulous community of professionals!

  6. says

    Thanks for the informative list! Since I’ve discovered the PediaStaff boards on Pinterest, I’ve been an avid blog-reader and collector of great ideas. I am so inspired by all the great ideas and information being shared! I’ve incorporated many of these wonderful activities into my treatment sessions already and can’t wait to find more. I am one of those “new SLP bloggers” now, too. Check out my blog at

  7. rachel says

    I was hoping to find some adult rehab focused blogs. I haven’t found any that update regularly. Maybe I will start the adult therapy focused blog that is what I’ve been looking for.

  8. says

    I am very excited to see this list as I have been following many of these speech blogs! These bloggers inspired me to start my own as well. I am a licensed speech-language pathologist in my second year who is looking to share my ideas, materials, reviews, and information with other speech-language pathologists. I have only written a couple of posts so far, but I look forward to updating on a regular basis. Come follow my blog at !

  9. says

    Thank you so much for including my blog on the list. It’s quite an honor. I find blogging to be very therapeutic, and the regular reflections on my day help me both at work and in my other parts of my life. I’m looking forward to reading regular updates from other bloggers! The creative energy out there is amazing!

  10. says

    Thanks so much for mentioning me, Heidi! You and your PediaStaff team do such great work! I can’t wait to check out some of these blogs that are new to my radar! I’m always so amazed at what everyone thinks up!

  11. says

    I am beyond honored to be included on this list! Your kind words about my blog are so very appreciated. What a great gift to be a part of a supportive community of people who make a difference in others’ lives. Thank you for the mention and thank you for this wonderful list!

  12. says

    Thanks so much Maggie and Heidi for including me in this incredible list! I love all the energy coming from so many creative therapists. Keep it up and let’s continue to share:)

  13. says

    What a nice surprise to find myself listed. I am enjoying going through the list and finding so many wonderful sites. Thanks everyone for being so willing to share.

  14. says

    Heidi ~

    Thank you so much for including me on this wonderful list of blogs! I am so honored and delighted to be a part of this group!! I am also so excited to share this news with the ADVANCE staff and our readers!!

    Hats off to all the hard-working and creative SLPs out there!!

    With Much Appreciation,
    Stephanie Bruno Dowling
    ADVANCE Magazine for SLPs and Audiologists

  15. says

    Thanks for including me on the list. Maybe I will find time to blog more often… it takes a lot of energy and time though (both rare commodities these days). Kudos to all who do so regularly. I love all of the great ideas, resources, and information!

  16. Sue Klee says

    Thank you for researching and composing this list! I immediately started sharing it with other SLP’s I work with in Child Find.

  17. says

    Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for including mommy speech therapy! And congratulations to everyone listed! I have learned so much from many of these blogs and am so grateful to be a part of this community!

    Heidi Hanks

  18. Paul says

    We sure are a creative bunch……. but what happened to SLPs using the curriculum!?! Many of the school-SLP blogs that you have recommended seem to be doing units on oceans and pirates and find it hard to see the link between them and the Common Core Standards or the school curriculum.

    I would LOVE some more ASHA feedback on these matters as I am sure there are a lot of other SLPs inspired by these creative bloggers, but unsure as to whether that is what we are supposed to be doing in the school setting.

  19. says

    Thought you might be interested in checking out the blog connected to our online information-sharing project “Autism and the Art of Communication”. I’m an SLP who’s been working for 29 years, with the last 23 primarily involved with autism spectrum disorders. The link to the blog is on the home-page of the website, but I think this link should also work: … Sheila Bell (I’m also on Twitter, and would be interested in getting connected with the #slpeeps)

  20. says

    Love this post and the list! What a great network of professionals with awesome perspectives and lots of wonderful information! I am an SLP and I started my own blog on assistive technology for children with special needs, SNEAK outside the box. I think you will find my blog is very tailored to children with multiple disabilities, including communication disorders. Hope you enjoy it :)


  21. says

    ASHAsphere has been such a great resource and social tool for SLPs! Glad to see the list of fantastic blogs. I started a blog recently that I’d welcome you all to check out:
    I have everything from research updates to book recommendations to therapy ideas. I’d really like to create some resources that make new research more accessible to SLPs, so please email me or leave me comments if you have any thoughts! Thanks~

  22. says

    What a fantastic list of bloggers, many of whom I already follow! I just started my blog in May and will likely start posting weekly. Please keep an eye out for me! Thanks!

  23. naomi says


    I’m about to apply for a Msc in Speech Therapy, working on my personal statements and I was wondering if you guys , therapist bloggers can give me a few tips about the advantages and disadvantages in this field. If you know a few very important books that I should read, know about, I would highly appreciate it.

    • says

      Naomi: Join our facebook group IMAGAS and you will be “in” the crowd to give you that very info. I recommend an article by Dr. Carol Prutting: The Long Battle For The Light in archived NSSLHA journal.

  24. says

    Over the years, Speech Pathology Group: Children’s Services International (SPG: CSI) and the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina have combined their efforts to establish and implement a ground-breaking program – The Bosnia Autism Project. Our mission has been to “teach the teachers” and provide sustainable aid to children with communication impairments. Lisa Cameron has recently extended the SPG: CSI efforts to the Himalayan country of Bhutan, and Marci VonBroembsen remains active in South Africa. SPG: CSI is truly expanding and going international! But we need your help to keep the momentum flowing.

    From 2009-2012, SPG: CSI sent specialized teams of professional volunteers to provide evidence-based assessment and treatment education to professionals, university students and parents in Bosnia- Herzegovina. This past summer, SPG:CSI worked with a four-year old who was hidden in his house because his family was ashamed of his disability. We met a 12-year-old who had never been to school and whose parents would lock him in his empty “bedroom” (merely a concrete room and a bucket) because he was nonverbal and had become so aggressive that they did not know how to control his behaviors.

    Because of the tireless efforts from professionals in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and SPG: CSI’s dedication, together we have achieved amazing results! We are ecstatic to tell you that in October 2012 both our four-year old and the 12-year old started attending school and are doing well. For the first time students with autism and other disabilities are receiving treatment, a home-based intervention program has been established, parents are being educated, and the numbers of treatment centers continue to grow. But our mission is far from complete.

    We are now in phase three of the Bosnia Autism Project, which is providing advanced training to the community leaders and medical and educational specialists. In an effort to maximize our efforts, we have invited seven key professionals and medical specialists to train with us in California for three weeks in the summer of 2013. These trail-blazing pioneers will receive advanced training in communication assessment and treatment strategies for children of all ages and stages, and go back to Bosnia to train other professional peers, leading them through a professional transformation.

    For those of you who have wanted to participate with the non-profit but were unsure how, we invite you to get involved. Now is the time- and you don’t have to make the trek overseas!

    Join the effort to bring our Bosnian colleagues to California. Contact us at or if you have any questions or want to get involved. Any and all help is welcomed, without long-term commitments!
    Visit our website at and learn more about the Bosnia Autism Project.
    Friend us on facebook at to follow the most up to date information, see pics and follow the progress of our Bosnian colleagues.
    Join us at CSHA for a 90 minute informational seminar (Thursday, March 8th) and Happy Hour at the Hyatt on Friday March 9th. More information to follow.

  25. says

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I am hoping the its same high-grade blog post from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing skills have inspired me to get my own blog going now.

  26. says

    Thank you for the inspiring reporting and beautiful photos! I have a question: how do the
    mothers arrange their clothing to breastfeed so discreetly? I ask because here in the UK
    some immigrant mothers find it hard to wear their traditional clothes and also feed the
    baby – especially if they wear the shalwar kameez. I’m amazed because they must have been
    designed for breastfeeding – but it seems the latest fashions are for a tight fitting,
    long tunic. The shawl part of the sari looks very practical – but what do they wear
    underneath and what options are there? Many thanks for any light you can shine on this!


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