Thanks to the Internet, there’s an endless amount of ways that we, as speech-language pathologists, can digitally share and connect with one another. For instance, take this personal blog that you’re reading right now (by the way, thank you for reading!). Each week or so, I pop the lid off of my brain to pour out some gooey speech therapy thoughts and ideas all over this digital canvas. Why do I do this? I do this because there’s really nothing I adore more than sharing and connecting with other clinicians. Long story short, I love to blog.
And I’m not the only SLP that loves to blog.
Far from it. I mean, have you seen the newest website by Meredith Avren called Speech Blogs? This directory bills itself as “your source for the world’s best speech-language pathology blogs.” This website would never have been created if there wasn’t a fantastic amount of fantastic SLPs willing to share their fantastic ideas online. Also, it would never have been created if there wasn’t a very real desire for us to connect with other professionals in our field to discover some delicious speech therapy content. So I guess it’s safe to say that SLP blogs are here to stay (at least for the foreseeable future).
But I want to introduce you to another way to share and connect. Podcasts!
Podcasts?! Yes, sweet podcasts. For those of you who aren’t familiar with podcasts, let me take a moment to educate you on the subject. A podcast is usually an audio file (though sometimes a video file) that a person creates and upon creation, that person makes the file available for download on the Internet. So if I really had to boil it down, it’s sort of like talk radio? Only not really. I think the best way to really describe it is that yes, it’s talking, but it’s purposeful talking about a specific subject that’s usually both entertaining AND educational.
Why do I love podcasts so much?
Aside from the obvious facts that podcasts both entertain me AND educate me, there’s more to it. Because of podcasts, commuting isn’t nearly as bad because I can listen in my car while I drive down the road. Because of podcasts, working out isn’t nearly as dreadful because I can listen at the gym while I run on the treadmill. I’ve also found myself taking my dog out on more walks lately because of podcasts (because I listen while I walk). So I’m sure if my pooch could speak human, she’d also sing a joyous tune about how she loves podcasts, too.
In your opinion, what are the best SLP podcasts?
That’s a good question. Right now, there aren’t too many SLP-related podcasts to choose from. That’s a total bummer, but I’m willing to bet that’s going to change as we creep into 2016 and beyond. Quote me on this, there will be many SLP podcasts in the future. But for now, let me introduce you to my three favorites. You MUST listen to these podcasts ASAP.
1. Conversations in Speech Pathology (PODCAST LINK)
Jeff Stepen has seriously set the bar VERY high for any SLPs thinking about getting into the podcasting game. Yes, he is just THAT good and I’ve been a fan of his podcast for months! This SLP takes time out of his busy schedule to interview some of the coolest SLPs out there. So far, the podcast has 20 episodes and the topics range from AAC to autism to everything in-between. Oh, and just so you know, I was JUST a guest on his podcast (episode #20, woo hoo!). If you’re interested in hearing me chit chat about SLP technology, apps, YouTube, and more, LISTEN RIGHT HERE!
2. StutterTalk (PODCAST LINK)
Peter Reitzes and his team have been doing this stuttering-focused podcast since 2007. With over 500 episodes (yes, over 500!), this podcast is the first and longest running podcast on stuttering. StutterTalk is dedicated to supporting people who stutter, their families, professionals, students, and the general public by talking openly about stuttering and by providing information about stuttering. If you’re an SLP, you need to listen to this podcast. I highly recommend it.
3. Stuttering is Cool (PODCAST LINK)
Not only is Daniele Rossi the author and illustrator of one of my most favorite books ever, he’s also the producer and host of one heck of a podcast. The Stuttering is Cool podcast currently has 180 episodes and let me tell you, I’ve learned so much from his wonderful audio files (Thanks Daniele!). He’s a gem and let me tell you, he’s JUST getting started. Do yourself a favor and listen to this podcast. Do it, do it!
In closing . . .
The three podcasts that I mentioned in this blog post, they’re a triple threat of phenomenal SLP knowledge. Give ’em a taste, I know you’re gonna like ’em. Every audio file from the aforementioned podcasts will absolutely help you to grow and get better at the art, discipline, and profession known as speech-language pathology. Three cheers for growth. Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!