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 Parents.com, and Love That Max, (an award-winning special needs blog). In addition, PediaStaff was profiled by the well-regarded social media blog, The Realtime Report, for their innovative work.
In the past few years, the internet has exploded with speech-language resources, largely due to the ease of publishing one’s thoughts through a blog. When I wrote a piece on SLPs blogging back in 2012, most clinicians had no idea that this wealth of knowledge was out there. Today however, blogs are everywhere and they are widely known as a great place to get specialty information on virtually every topic.
Anyone who has ever blogged will tell you that regular blogging is a time-consuming commitment that demands ongoing diligence. A successful blogger needs to write insightful, informative posts at least two to three times per week. Blogging usually starts for most as a fun way to get your ideas out there. A year later, when the “newness” has worn off, contributing to your blog evolves from a “want-to” to a “have-to,” and then unfortunately often to a “Do I really need to?” task.
A good many of the blogs we featured in our first article no longer exist. Fantastic clinicians have just decided that the time it took to consistently share the excellence they practice was just too much of a drain on professional and personal time. Thankfully, a new crop of bloggers have recently come in to fill some of the gap left behind.
Others, have gone the route of making their blogs a way to supplement their income. If I am going to invest this much energy in blogging, why not sell some of my great ideas? After all, school speech surely doesn’t pay very well. The advent of Teacher Pay Teacher, has enabled many extremely creative school therapy clinicians to share their ideas and earn themselves a nice secondary income to boot.
In this article, I selected only blogs that are not offering their own products for sale. There are so many creative SLPs doing this now, that I would never be able to choose.
Here are some of my personal favorites (in alphabetical order) of those bloggers sharing all of their insights, opinions, tips and activities free of charge:
Almaden Valley Speech Therapy Blog – While I do not personally know the author of this blog, I find her posts, mostly on pronunciation, quite interesting.
ASHAsphere – You’re here. Need I say more?
Bilinguistics Blog – This blog focuses on bilingualism and issues facing clients with multicultural backgrounds. Highly recommended.
Chapel Hill Snippets – After years of giving away substantial resources—especially printable books and Boardmaker share activities—Ruth Morgan has finally bitten the bullet (her words) and opened a TpT store. While she is selling a few things now, I wanted to share her blog for the enormous collection of free resources she has amassed and still offers for your use.
Doyle Speech Works – A new blogger, Annie Doyle muses mostly on professional issues facing SLPs. Insightful, fresh and enjoyable.
Erik X. Raj – Erik is one of the most creative SLPs I have had the pleasure to meet. Funny and full of spot-on ideas to engage kids, this blog never fails to inspire.
Language Craft – Lucas Stueber is especially good at sharing ideas that inspire boys to enjoy speech-language treatment. In addition, he has some excellent profession insights. While he hasn’t been blogging often lately, the entries he posts are definitely worth a read.
Play on Words – Sherry Atemenko – is an expert on reviewing books and toys through a speech and language lens. A very valuable blog, indeed.
PrAACtical AAC – A perennial favorite, this blog specializes in augmentative and alternative communication and does a mighty fine job of it.
Speech Adventures – Mary Huston always has something interesting to say, even though the number of posts she writes has slowed down this past year. Whether she is reviewing apps, talking about commitment to the profession or just musing, her blog is definitely worth a subscription.
Speechie Freebies – This is the one primarily Teacher Pay Teacher oriented blog in this article. Every post offers something free and generally printable to use in the classroom or clinic. And while, each contributor does also sell their wares on TpT, the offerings on Speechie Freebies are always free and often substantial. If you are interested in bloggers that offer their ideas on TpT, Speechie Freebies is a fantastic way to explore them.
Speech Techie – If you’ve been to an ASHA convention in the last few years and are interested in how technology can be valuable in SLP practice, you have heard of Sean Sweeney. It’s a top-notch blog with the awards to prove it.
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.