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Lauren Started an SLP Assignment with Jackson and Met Her Husband #MatchMaker

IMG_6383-2.jpgEarlier this year, Cupid made an appearance in a small Arizona town near the borders of California and Nevada and forever changed the lives of two special people. At the Heart of Historic Route 66 sits Kingman, AZ, a dynamic western town that became the temporary home for Lauren, a Traveling Speech Language Pathologist on assignment with Jackson. Just a few months into her short-term contract at a local Skilled Nursing Facility, Lauren met Önder online. Within just a week of meeting each other, Lauren tells us they both knew this was “it.”

The happy couple got married just 6 months later.

So, we’re not saying that if you take a travel job with Jackson, you’ll meet your future spouse. But, you will. Maybe…

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5 Benefits of Being a School-Based Therapist

Every day, thousands of therapists across the country help children succeed in school.Every day, thousands of therapists across the country help children succeed in school. For many individuals, working as a school-based therapist can be the ideal career, thanks to the nature and importance of the job. Based on therapist feedback from across the U.S., here are our top-five benefits of being a school-based therapist:

1. Make a life-long difference in children’s lives

Most obviously, education equips children with the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their personal, professional and life goals. Because of school-based therapists, students are better able to engage in the material presented to them in important subjects like English and math while learning the vital skills that will help them throughout the rest of their lives in topics like writing, reading, interpersonal communication and time management.

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Learn the creative ways therapists use foam rollers to heal pain & improve mobility (& fight cellulite!)

Dancers and athletes have long known the seemingly magical powers of foam rollers. They can help loosen tight hips or knotted quad muscles.

Dancers and athletes have long known the seemingly magical powers of foam rollers. They can help loosen tight hips or knotted quad muscles. Physical and occupational therapists also use them in a number of different ways during sessions with patients. Check out the list below for the clever ways you can use these rollers on your own:

Work out shin splints

If you feel a mild shooting pain in your shins after hitting the track or the trails, you may have shin splints. You can use your foam roller to work out the pain. 

Simply kneel on your roller and slowly work it down to your ankle and back up. Make sure not to hit your knees! That could lead you to accidentally hurting yourself, noted Health magazine.

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Valentine crafts for kids in speech therapy

Check out these activities to do in honor of Valentine's Day.

Check out these activities to do in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, offering plenty of opportunities for students to get in the spirit – and help strengthen their speech and language skills. There are a number of Valentine’s-themed crafts you can have them complete. Check out the list below for fun, thematic activities:

Matching games

This game from Speech Buddy is based on cutting out hearts and writing connecting words on each side of the heart. Then, cut each heart in half and mix them up. Your student will be able to build his or her understanding of different objects as they seek out matching pieces. If you are looking to focus on building fluency, ask your student to read each word out as he or she looks for its match. Read More

Stroke-related aphasia: 4 tips for Speech Language Pathologists

It can be hard for SLPs to keep their patients positive and motivated.

It can be hard for SLPs to keep their patients positive and motivated.

After a stroke, patients may experience aphasia, a condition that affects the ability to speak, read and understand spoken words. Speech language pathologists are often tasked with helping stroke patients recover these vital abilities. Some patients may get frustrated during this process, and it can be hard for SLPs to keep their patients positive and motivated. Read on for tips on how to work with stroke patients dealing with aphasia:

1. Recommend some apps

If your patients are keen to recover quickly, but only see you one or two times a week, consider suggesting some apps for them to use at home. Read More