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6 First Names That Have Strong Connections to the Field of Speech-Language Pathology

6 First Names That Have Strong Connections to the Field of Speech-Language Pathology

Your first name is a word that’s very important. That word is a special and beautiful label that’s usually given to you by loving family members, such as your mother or father. Because I’m a speech-language pathologist, I think about words, like first names, much more often than my non-SLP friends and this slight obsession with words often leads me to think about first names in a unique and fun SLP-ish way.

Did you know that some people have SLP-ish first names?

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed certain first names and how they trigger my SLP heart to smile wide. Sometimes, in my SLP mind, some first names seem to have strong connections to the field of SLP, and people who have those particular first names don’t even know it! So, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a few unknowingly SLP-ish first names that I’ve come across.

Name: Stan

In the real world, Stan is most likely short for Stanley or Stanford. But in my SLP mind, Stan is short for standardized assessment. Standardized assessments are important evaluation tools that have established statistical reliability and validity. And we all know how important reliability and validity are for our job, am I right? So with all of this being said, I think that Stan is a magnificent SLP-ish first name to have. Kudos to anyone named Stan!

Name: Miles

The average person might think of the jazz musician Miles Davis when he or she hears the name Miles, but not me. My SLP mind immediately sees Miles being short for milestones (for example: developmental milestones). Whether it be developmental milestones for articulation and/or phonological processes, or language norms for school-age children, we reference developmental milestones daily because of how helpful they are to our clinical practice. So with all of this being said, I think that Miles is super SLP-ish first name to have. Kudos to anyone named Miles!

Name: Art

As a common short version for Arthur, to my SLP mind, Art is the short version of articulation. One of the things that SLPs are well-versed in is the world of speech sound disorders. We are, hands down, the go-to if you’re experiencing a difficult time articulating certain sounds that make it hard for some people to understand you. We’re the ones that can help you improve your articulation. So with all of this being said, I think that Art is spectacular SLP-ish first name to have. Kudos to anyone named Art!

Name(s): Mandi or Max

Speaking of articulation, anytime I see the first names Mandi or Max, my SLP mind automatically sees mandible or maxilla. Because I have the opportunity to work with loads of children who have articulation difficulties, I often find myself teaching loads of vocabulary to them that relates to the primary bones of our face; and mandible and maxilla are absolutely two words that my clients learn. So with all of this being said, I think that Mandi and Max are awesome SLP-ish first names to have. Kudos to anyone named Mandi or Max!

Name: Asha

I don’t think any SLP would disagree with me when I say that anytime I meet a person with the first name Asha, my SLP mind sees it as the abbreviation for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for thousands upon thousands of SLPs in the United States and beyond. As a certified member of ASHA for a number of years, I can honestly say that I’m a huge fan of the organization for all of the good that they do. So with all of this being said, I think that Asha is a cool SLP-ish first name to have. Kudos to anyone named Asha!

In closing . . .

Can you think of any other unknowingly SLP-ish first names that you’ve come across? How about Ana – short for anatomy? Or Dia – short for diagnosis? Maybe even Ned – short for Ned’s Head (a favorite SLP-ish therapy material of mine!). As always, I truly dig hearing from each and every single one of you, so please feel free to hit me up at any point in time! Yay! 😉

4 Halloween Costumes That Are Perfect for Speech-Language Pathologists

4 Halloween Costumes That Are Perfect for Speech-Language Pathologists

Are you ready for Halloween? I hope so because the last day of October is going to be here before you know it and, if you’re a speech-language pathologist, everyone will be expecting you to have an awesome costume. Why? Well, because SLPs are some of the most creative individuals on the planet, that’s why! But don’t worry if you’re still having a bit of trouble deciding on what your Halloween costume should be. I got ya covered with some ideas.

How about a broom?


It’s no secret that some school-based SLPs are forced to provide speech-language therapy in rooms that are small. Like, really small — the size of a broom closet! So maybe if you’re in that unfortunate situation, have some fun with it and dress up like a broom this Halloween! And who knows, maybe you dressing up like a broom might persuade your building principal or supervisor to finally get you into a bigger room somewhere else in the building? Hey, ya never know!

How about a box of tissues?


Any SLPs who work with children will agree with me when I say that tissues are an absolute must in the therapy room. Sometimes the youngsters I work with forget that I have a box of tissues, so they proceed to use their hands and/or sleeves instead of tissues during instances of runny noses and sneezy sneezes. Dressing up as a box of tissues for Halloween could be the best way to remind everyone on your caseload that you have tissues and you invite everyone to use them. Yay!

How about a laminator?


Oh the magic of a laminator. As an SLP, I’ve laminated so many therapy-related things — speech-language games/worksheets, developmental milestone charts, and so much more. If it can fit through my laminator, it’s gettin’ laminated, HAHA! So in an effort to show your undying love for your laminator, why not give it the highest form of recognition and actually dress up as a laminator this Halloween? But please be careful if you end up wearing your laminator costume in an elementary school because you very well might get dozens and dozens of accidental paper-cuts from teachers who will most likely not even realize it’s a costume! They will probably start throwing tons and tons of papers at you so their sheets could be laminated. Ouch!

How about an iPad?


If you adore iPads as much as I do, you should seriously consider dressing up as one for Halloween. It doesn’t seem like it would really take all that much to make an iPad costume. All you probably need are a couple pieces of cardboard and some paint and BAM you got yourself an iPad costume. And guess what? Because I love iPads so much, if you dress up like one this Halloween, just email me a picture of you rockin’ your iPad costume and I’ll give you any one of my articulation apps FOR FREE. Pretty cool, huh?

In closing . . .

I hope that my Halloween costume ideas were able to inspire you. Can you think of any other SLP-related costumes that could also be cool for us SLPs? Shoot me a message because I seriously enjoy hearing from terrific SLPs like you. Happy Halloween to you and every single kiddo on your caseload!

5 Hilarious Instagram Pictures That All Speech-Language Pathologists Will Adore

5 Hilarious Instagram Pictures That All Speech-Language Pathologists Will Adore

You know how sometimes you and a friend will be texting each other funny jokes throughout the day? And you might text a joke to that friend and then she replies with“LOL” or some emoji that implies that she’s laughing? Well, whenever I receive a response like that, I always ask myself, “Did she REALLY just laugh out loud or did she just type that out because that’s what we’re conditioned to do in this Internet-centered culture we’re all a part of?”

In case you didn’t know, “LOL” stands for laugh out loud.

Most of the time when we do the whole “LOL” thing, we aren’t REALLY laughing out loud. When we type “LOL,” we’re communicating to the sender that her most recent text message was interpreted by us as a humorous one. 99.9% of the time, none of us REALLY laugh out loud – at best, we crack a smile and internally chuckle at what we just read or saw.

But sometimes we actually DO laugh out loud.

In the few instances where a text message does make me literally “LOL,” I find myself wondering about what’s the best thing to type out to truly let that person know that I did, in fact, laugh out loud?! I just don’t know.

Cut to @phoneticspeak.

Recently, a buddy of mine texted me a link to @phoneticspeak’s account on Instagram. And let me tell you, this was the perfect example where just typing “LOL” to my buddy would NOT do my reactions any justice. The moment my eyes landed on @phoneticspeak’s Instagram account, I was laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes! My laughs were loud and real. SO LOUD AND REAL! The text message I sent back wasn’t just “LOL.” It was, and I quote, “LOOOOL WOW LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL X 10000 4E!”

Phonetics all over the place!

In short, @phoneticspeak’s Instagram account is a terrific collection of pop culture pictures that all have a speech-language pathology twist to ’em. And what’s the SLP twist, you might ask? Well, all the words within the pop culture pictures have been phonetically transcribed! If you’re anything like me, seeing the visual representation of speech sounds in something other than a textbook or diagnostic report, that gets me so pumped and excited (I know, I’m such a nerd! Hooray for phonetics!).

Here are five of my fav @phoneticspeak pictures:

  • Hang in there! – Next time one of your SLP besties is feeling a bit stressed out from tons of IEP meetings, consider sending her that classic silly cat picture to cheer her up.
  • Spaghetti! – Next time you have a hankering for some Italian food, send your SLP bestie that cute pug picture and tell her to meet you at Olive Garden for some grub. (And for the record, Olive Garden breadsticks, SO GOOD. Am I right?)
  • Friends! – Next time you’re itchin’ for some 90s throwback, might I suggest you send your SLP bestie that picture of your favorite sitcom? Let’s make it a Friends Netflix night!
  • Chewbacca! – Next time you’re having a bad hair day, feel free to send your SLP bestie that picture of Chewie. Because nothing better illustrates a bad hair day then that handsome and legendary Wookie.
  • Grumpy Cat! – Next time your SLP bestie is a bit grouchy, you might want to send her that Grumpy Cat picture. That Internet-famous feline has a fantastic power where her frowny face can really brighten up anyone’s day. (Fun fact: Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tardar Sauce.)

In closing . . .

Listen, if you’re a speech-language pathologist (and I know you are because that’s why you’re reading this SLP-related blog post), you NEED to follow @phoneticspeak’s account on Instagram. Calling that particular Instagram user hilarious and creative, those words are understatements. Serious understatements. (Keep up the great work, @phoneticspeak.)

P.S. If you’re looking for other cool SLP-related accounts to follow on Instagram, I wrote a blog post last year titled 9 Creative Speech-Language Pathologists You Should Follow on Instagram Right Now.

Being Able to Text Message Your Speech Therapy Materials and Assessments Would Be Amazing

Being Able to Text Message Your Speech Therapy Materials and Assessments Would Be Amazing

Have you ever been in the crumby situation where you’re smack in the middle of a speech therapy session and you reach into your bag to grab something you need . . . and then all of a sudden . . . you realize that it’s not there? Then you temporarily pause the session to dump everything out of the bag onto the floor to see if maybe, just maybe, you might have missed it? It happens to me often. I’m usually all like, “Ouch!” when I come to the painful realization that, “Yup, I did it again. I forgot (insert important speech therapy thing here).”

How frustrating!

Last academic school year was the first time in my career that I had to travel between two buildings. That took some getting used to because it was the first time that I had to split my speech and language therapy stuff between two different places. To add to my confusion, that was also around when I first started to see private clients during the evenings in their homes, too. So on an almost every other daily basis I would catch myself thinking, “Did I leave that one important speech therapy thing at someone’s house? Or is it in the trunk of my car? Or maybe I left it at the elementary school? Or maybe the middle school? Wait, maybe it’s in my apartment?”


Research has shown us that a majority of adults in the United States have smartphones and actively engage in text messaging. So with that in mind, I can’t help but imagine how cool it would be if all our speech therapy materials and assessments had their very own smartphones? That way, I could text message them if I every forgot them! That might sound nuts, but try to picture the following scenario:

A text message conversation with my Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation (GFTA)

  • Me: Hi Goldy. I’m at the elementary school right now. Where U at?
  • GFTA: Sup Erik. Nah, I’m not at the elementary school. U left me here yesterday @ the middle school. I’m just chillin’ – watching Netflix on ur iPad. How’s it going @ the elementary school?
  • Me: Oh man! I wasn’t supposed to leave U at the middle school! I meant to put U in my bag to bring U here 2day cuz I have to do an assessment w/ a 2nd grader after lunch.
  • GFTA: That sucks.
  • Me: Yeah.
  • GFTA: Ok. I’m gonna get back to my Netflix now. TTYL!
  • Me: No wait!
  • GFTA: …?
  • Me: Can you come over 2 the elementary school in a bit so I can do the assessment I was talking about?
  • GTFA: Nah, I’m getting my Netflix on.
  • Me: Seriously?! We are BFF and you’re gonna do me like that?!
  • GFTA: JK! Yea I’ll pause Netflix and come right over so and me and the 2nd grader can all have an assessment party!
  • Me: Woo hoo! Thnx!
  • GFTA: See ya in about 20 min. I just requested an Uber so he should be here soon. I’ll text you when I’m in the school’s parking lot so you can buzz me in.
  • Me: Sounds good.

In closing . . .

Wouldn’t that be spectacular? I’d never have to worry about forgetting or misplacing my speech therapy materials and assessments ever again. If only our speech stuff had access to smartphones, right? That would seriously rock! My fingers are crossed that technology somehow makes all of this possible sooner than later because my forgetful brain would be so so SO happy. Haha!