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SLP Trivia Fun Welcomes Katie Millican from Alaska

SLP Trivia Fun Welcomes Katie Millican from Alaska

The very first episode of SLP Trivia Fun is now live and you can go HERE to check it out. With this podcast, there’s only one rule, and that one rule is that every contestant on SLP Trivia Fun has to be an SLP. The format of the game show is simple, one person from the “audience” is “randomly” picked and asked 5 trivia questions which will have a specific theme related to the field of speech-language pathology. If the contestant gets all of the questions correct, that person wins a cool prize! Who doesn’t like prizes, ya’ll?

Let’s say hello to Katie Millican.

Let the history books show that the lovely Katie Millican was the first ever contestant on SLP Trivia Fun. She’s a dear friend of mine from Alaska. Katie has been working in a private practice for 2 months now which is a new environment for her since she’s been an SLP in a school-setting for about 5 years. She’s so good at what she does and her private practice is lucky to have her. In general, Katie is a star and she totally shines in this episode.

Lots of silly talk.

We talked about bald eagles sweeping up chickens. We talked about llamas (which, I’m told, are not native to Alaska). And we even talked a bit about dinosaurs (did they have dinosaurs in Alaska at one time?). I could chat with Katie all day. She’s grand.

When was the ice cream cone invented?

I don’t know. Listen to this first episode and you’ll find out.

When was the first journal article about autism published?

I don’t know. Listen to this first episode and you’ll find out.

Did you know that there was one year where the ASHA convention was actually NOT in America?

Nope, you probably didn’t know that and that’s exactly why you need to listen to this first episode. 😉

In closing . . .

Huge thanks to Katie for being on this first episode of SLP Trivia Fun. And if you enjoyed this podcast, please do reach out to me and let me know. It would mean a ton to me if you did that. Thanks!

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This Speech Therapy Podcast Is Scaring Me but I’m Keeping Positive

This Speech Therapy Podcast Is Scaring Me but I’m Keeping Positive

I’ve talked about comfort zones before. We all know this, but it’s worth repeating, stepping out of your comfort zone is the best thing you can ever do. And this whole “I’m making a podcast” thing is a terrific example for me to point to that proves I’m not afraid to practice what I preach.

But guys, it’s scary. Like, REALLY scary!

We crave a sense of familiarity, security, and certainty. We hardly ever want to open ourselves to the possibility of risks, stress, and anxiety. We hardly ever want to be thrown into uncertainty.

I have a real fear of failure and the unknown.

What if no one ever listens to SLP Trivia Fun? What if they do and they ALL hate it? This is stuff my brain keeps asking me.

Should I play it safe?

When we were children, we took more risks. But as adults we learned to fear failure; we learned to pull ourselves back by attempting fewer new things. By wanting to keep our body and mind in a “safe” place, we’d prefer to remain in our small bubble.

Well, I’m stepping out of my small bubble, ya’ll!

SLP Trivia Fun is coming along and it’s right on track for a November 2017 release. I’m teaching myself how to edit audio on a brand new software. I’m teaching myself how to create random sound effects with a bunch of crazy cool microphones I purchased. I’m teaching myself how to not cringe when I hear the sound of my own voice (LOL!). I’m teaching myself a ton and I’m very uncomfortable, but it’s that lack of comfort that’s helping me to grow.

A catalyst for growth itself is discomfort.

For one to change and adapt (and grow!), one needs to yearn and labor for something more. The transition will be uncomfortable and scary, but it’s also a rite of passage. Draw new possibly in every task and you might just get surprised by what you find. I’m surprising myself every single day with this podcast. It’s a humbling experience that I’m happy I’m trying. I’m happy I’m growing.

I want you to push yourself just like I am.

Are you avoiding something because, at this point in time, it seems too hard or impossible (or freakin’ scary)? Well, you’d best reconsider avoiding, babe. That very thing you’re avoiding now might be your key to success in the future. In any capacity whatsoever, be deliberate when trying to push your limits — look at those fresh challenges that seem above you and take a jab at ’em. Fortunately, the human mind tends to rise to the occasion when we challenge ourselves. If you learn to get comfortable with the discomfort of growth, you can master pretty much anything in this world.

You got this!

Looking beyond the pain of today can be the joyful key that opens up that door of progress. So, what are you waiting for?! I’m launching SLP Trivia Fun in a few weeks and this whole podcast thing has totally thrown me way past my comfort zone. What are exploring right now that’s throwing YOU out of YOUR comfort zone? Trust me, it’s worth it. Keep going.

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The SLP Trivia Fun Podcast Is Coming Soon

The SLP Trivia Fun Podcast Is Coming Soon

A long time ago I wrote a blog post titled A Speech-Language Pathologist Wears Many Hats. In that bit of writing, I mentioned how us SLPs are a rare breed and how, in order to be a great clinician, one must wear many hats. And I went on to mention how one of the hats that all SLPs have to wear, at some point in the day, is that of a game show host.

Game show hosts and SLPs have more in common than you think.

“A game show host single-handedly has the ability to make or break a game show by controlling the experience of each participant or audience member. The host controls a game show’s rules, pacing, audience involvement, and more.” -LearningWare

Doesn’t that sound exactly like what a clinician does, on a daily basis? Clinicians have the ability to make or break a therapy session by controlling the experience of each client. The clinician controls the therapy session’s rules, pacing, and so much more. So in short, a clinician can make or break the therapy session in the same way that a game show host can make or break the game.

How about a game show for SLPs?

Remember how I told you about how I was officially starting a podcast? Well, here’s my crazy idea: it’s going to be a game show podcast where each and every contestant is an SLP that must answer SLP-related questions. And I’M going to be the game show host that sets the stage for this speechie experience. I figured I’d make a pretty decent game show host because, as an SLP, I’ve already been wearing the game show host hat for a while. So why not double down on the whole game show thing and actually create a game show podcast for SLPs?! HAHA!

Is anyone a fan of trivia?

I’ve always been a fan of trivia games. When I lived in Detroit from 2011 through 2015, I was a member of a bar trivia team (hi there, Quizzo Detroit!). By no means am I the brightest crayon in the crayon box, but there were a few times where I was the only one in the whole place that knew the answer to the trivia question. And in those rare instances, oh boy, it was a complete jolt of happiness that filled my heart. Hooray for random pop culture knowledge! My team went on to win a few championships and all of that really cemented my love for the trivia experience.

I haven’t played trivia in a while.

I don’t know, it just seems like where I live now here in New Jersey, trivia isn’t nearly as popular as it was over in Detroit. So with that being said, it’s been FOREVER since I’ve had some trivia fun. So how about this . . . how about I start to have some SLP Trivia Fun to fill that lil’ trivia hole in my lil’ heart?!

SLP Trivia Fun!? Huh?!

Yes! SLP Trivia Fun! You’ve heard it here first, people. That’s officially the name of the podcast that I’m creating. SLP Trivia Fun will be awesome-sauce. The website is still very much a work in progress, but you can check it out right HERE. In the coming weeks, I’ll have some more information on it. Until then, start studying up on your random SLP facts because you just might be a contestant on an episode of SLP Trivia Fun.

I’m Starting a Speech Therapy Podcast

I’m Starting a Speech Therapy Podcast

Right now in the United States, we’re in the warmest season of the year — summer. Ask a bunch of people the reason why they love summer and you’re more than likely going to hear things along the lines of “laying on the beach” or “taking a vacation.” Sure, those things are nice, but if you asked me why I love summer, I’d say something that you probably would not expect. I love summer for . . . the open windows.

Open windows?! What do you mean, Erik?!

Well obviously the warm summer weather makes it comfortable to have your windows open, but I’m not talking about the windows you have on your home. I’m talking about your car windows. I LOVE having my car windows down while I drive. For me, summertime means my car windows are down and my music is blasting. It’s been that way for me for as long as I can remember. Windows down, music up! That’s my slogan, ya’ll.

But it doesn’t have to be music that’s blastin’.

Music ain’t the only thing you can blast out of your car when cruising down the highway in the summa summa summatime. You can also pump up your favorite podcast! That’s what I’ve been doing lately and I can’t get enough of the audio goodness that’s podcasts.

Podcasts?! What are podcasts?!

If you’re not too familiar with podcasts, that’s totally cool. I got your back. In short, podcasts are digital audio files that are made available on the Internet for downloading to your computer or mobile device. They’re pretty much radio shows you can download. Most podcasts are typically available as a series that features new installments (or episodes) that can be received by subscribers automatically.


I commute about an hour each way to get to and from my job. It’s not the most ideal situation, but hey, it is what it is. So with that being said, there’s only so much music I can listen to. After a while, ya gotta mix it up a bit, so for me, that’s where podcasts started to come in. The first podcast I fell in love with was Radiolab at around the beginning of 2010. It’s amazing (and I’ve even seen Radiolab live in Detroit and in New York City). Very often you can catch me in my car blastin’ some Radiolab. Big ups to Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich!

Podcasts for SLPs

Back in 2015, I wrote a blog post titled 3 Podcasts That All Speech-Language Pathologists Should Check out ASAP. It’s actually one of my favorite blog posts EVER because I got a ton of responses from it where people said to me, “Hey Erik, you should start a podcast. I’d totally listen.” Those messages meant the world to me.

The seed was planted in in 2015.

Those people planted the podcast seed in my brain and I kept watering it by consuming more and more podcasts. In fact, I think the word consume is a bit too tame. I didn’t consume podcasts, I absolutely devoured them! And all the while, I kept saying to myself, “One day, Erik, one day you’ll start a podcast and it’s going to be oodles and oodles of fun.”

Well, that one day is now.

The summer is here and I’m devoting these warmer months to finally learning about how to create a podcast. I have a loose idea as to what the show will be about. It’s going to have a real SLP flair to it because I love speech therapy as much as I like my car windows down while driving around on a nice, warm summer day. So if you’re an SLP, you very well might be into the podcast that I create.

I’m starting from scratch.

I don’t have a clue about how to make a podcast. I’m absolutely clueless. But hey, we were all clueless about something at some point in time, right? With hard work and determination, I can figure it out. I hope you stick with me as I dig deep into this podcast thing. And I promise, this blog will be the first place I announce the details about the podcast. Thanks, in advance, for your support. Hopefully once this podcast is out, you might want to blast it in your own car while your windows are down! That would rock! Stay tuned.

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