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Released August 8, 2018
This episode features an amazing SLP guest, Rachael Baethge of Texas Speech Mom. Rachael is an SLP and creator of some of the coolest TPT resources. She is also a mom to the most adorable little girl. In this episode, we discuss Rachael’s advice for balancing work and being a mom, her favorite therapy hacks, and what every SLP needs to have in their therapy bag.
It was such a pleasure speaking with Rachael! We really admire her honesty and openness about tough topics like infertility and potty training. It is topics like these that help other woman feel like their are not alone in their journey. Rachael also has a heart of gold and a great sense of humor. We hope to have her on the show again someday!
Topics & Questions
- Balancing work and being a mom
- How to master TPT
- Potty training from a SLP parent’s perspective
- Rachael's favorite therapy hacks
Game: What’s in your speech therapy bag?
> 5 = Slp newbie
5-10 = basic SLP
10 + = no turning back now
You'll have to listen to see what score Rachael got! How about you? What category do you fall in?
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Released August 1, 2018
This episode features a very special guest, Maureen Wilson of The Speech Bubble SLP. Maureen is a speech-language pathologist with a passion for creating functional materials and empowering other professionals through her blog. She is the ultimate SLP role model and strives to remind SLPs why they fell in love with this field in the first place, or better yet, why they should never outgrow bubbles.
We seriously had the best time speaking with Maureen, or Mo for short! Her energy is contagious and we look forward to speaking with her again! Below are some of the excerpts from our conversation. Note: Some of the transcript was altered to make it easier to read.
What goes in to running a successful blog?
Oh my gosh, a lot of it's been such a learning process for me. But along the way, I'm like, you have to have dedication to it. And consistency. If you want to produce things that are actually going to help people and that can be a source they can rely on. They need to know that your content is going to be there for them. And it's going to be there in a consistent way. So making posts and sharing on a consistent basis, but having that heart behind it, it's one thing to just type in some words and click Post and publish. But if you aren't invested in what you're saying, and you don't have that heart behind what you're saying, I don't think it's going to resonate that much with people reading it. They want to know that you are sharing it, because you've been there and you understand and you want to help. So I think you have to be consistent, but you have to have that heart in what you're sharing about.
Why did you create the Who curriculum and what was the process of creation like?
It's been this little, you know, baby of mine for the past few months. And I'm just so happy to hear the feedback from it from everyone. It kind of started how all of my resources start. And that's like, I need something for my kids. That's where any of us kind of start from really. But I was working with some of my students in a more self contained setting. And the resources I had weren't enough. And I'm working on who questions in there, and they're putting the right person with the right occupation. And I'm like, Yes, they're getting it. This is awesome. Then we read three sentences of a little story, and they cannot answer the question. And there's even a nice picture and everything! And I'm like, Where did I go wrong?
So I was sitting and pondering, and just like beating my head against the wall, about what I missed. And when I kind of scaffold it back to it. I'm just like, well, maybe they don't understand the question word enough. Maybe I didn't spend enough time on it. And when I started to break down all the things I would need to do to just explain that I realized this is a huge part that I've been missing.
So I went digging into research, I think my husband thought I lost it! I had probably 10 articles printed out and highlighted all in our spare bedroom that I kind of claimed as my office. And he knows to just kind of walk tiptoe around it. But everything that I was reading was kind of pointing towards scaffolding about making sure they're understanding the question part and how to do that. So I started looking around, because if something's already out there, I'm not going to invest two hours to create it. But there was nothing there. So I was like, all right, time to buckle down and get this made. And I did the Who one. Then I did the What curriculum and Where curriculum. When and Why are kind of in the process and should be done before the end of the year.
We often see you collaborate with other SLPs, like the gals from Speech Retreat. What is the secret to successful collaboration?
I think when you collaborate with other professionals, you need to, just be open about the questions you have, and be open about sharing what you know. A lot of times, I think collaboration can kind of break down when people are not forthcoming with everything, because you're either withholding information that could help or you're withholding questions that you have. And then you're going to leave without your answers. What I've been super fortunate to find through this whole kind of blogging experience and journey has been a group of phenomenal, positive, competent, strong SLPs that we can just kind of collaborate with and chat with and be open about questions and open about giving answers and information.
What has the process looked like from starting Speech Retreat to where it is now?
Oh my gosh! It was probably started a bit of more organized chaos and is now just organized, but we had just been chatting over time, myself and then Hallie from Speech Time Fun and Natalie Snyders and Felice Clark from The Dabbling Speechie. We had just kind of been chatting because we go to our state conventions and ASHA and we're like, yes, the sessions are nice, but like, very rarely do I attend one where I can go back to work on Monday and put in to practice what I learned. We were like, man, wouldn't that be nice? We should just do it! And we all happened to be attending the TPT conference in Anaheim that summer, and were like, let's see if the hotel has space and it turned out that they did the day after the convention. And it was a lot of Google Hangouts and chatting back and forth and collaborating.
Two Truths And a Lie Game:
I was born a redhead. I am allergic to beer. And I was a figure skater for eight years.
Which one do you think is the lie? You'll have to listen to the episode to discover the answer!
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Released July 24, 2018
This episode features a very special guest, Meredith Avren of The Peachie Speechie. If you’re a speech-language pathologist (SLP) then you definitely know her work, but if you’re not, then you should know that Meredith is the ultimate girl boss and creator of the most amazing educational materials, apparel, and accessories geared toward speech language pathologists and teachers.
For our first interview, we could not have imagined it going any better. We thought we knew Meredith and her work pretty well, but we learned so much from this interview and are even bigger fans now! She has a heart of gold and a great sense of humor. Honestly, we could have spoken to her all day! Below are some of the excerpts from our conversation. Note: Some of the transcript was altered to make it easier to read.
Where do you get your product inspiration?
I would say my number one source of inspiration is my caseload at work. Whenever I have my students come in, and they tell me what they're interested in, I found that catering to my students' interests really increases their motivation. So we use whatever they want. And then, of course, my own children are pretty helpful if I'm working on a project that give me tips like, "Oh, Mom, you know, that sounds boring, or add this to it." And so its really the kids, that give me my inspiration.
What is it like working on a team with your hubby?
We are a team 100%. Well actually, I would say Josh is more like 70% of the company. He does so much behind the scenes work, he does all my artwork, and he really helps a whole lot. He does a lot of my photo editing and photography for social media. So it's really fun to work with him. And to do this together.
Do you have any advice for SLPs starting a side hustle?
[It's] so funny we just talked about time blocking, because that would be one of them, for sure, set aside time to work on it. Because in the beginning, it can become really time consuming. And you can find yourself just constantly focusing on and trying to get it together. And I think if you just start by setting aside maybe just a couple hours every weekend to plan things out that would be really helpful. Also doing something completely different and unique. I think that is my best advice to anybody starting a new business is to be original.
How do you stand out in a niche market (i.e. speech-language pathology)?
Well, I think just being in the field and knowing your audience is really important. So like I said, I know what my customers are going to want, because I'm in the same situation. I'm in the schools every day with these students. So I know it can be helpful. I think getting yourself out there on social media is helpful too. And at first, it was pretty challenging for me to figure out social media, and to put my ideas out there so that people could see them and, you know, use them. But that has come a long way in the past six years. Also, just to be unique and different. I'm not doing something that other people are doing. I'm doing something completely original with my shirts and with my products, and I think that people see that.
This or That Game
The second half of the interview consisted of a game that helped us get to know Meredith better. It was called "This or That" and she had to choose between two options. Below are her answers, but you really have to listen to the episode to hear her reasoning behind these answers. Especially why she prefers oranges over peaches!
We hope you enjoyed this episode and getting to know Meredith from the Peachie Speechie more. Are there any other questions you would have like to ask her?
Released July 18, 2018
Why It Is Better to Submit to Multiple Publishers
Have you or are you interested in publishing a children's book? We'd love to hear about it below!
Released July 8, 2018
Welcome to the Speechie Side Up Podcast! Every week, your hosts, Kim and Venita, serve up their tips and tricks and interview other SLPs so YOU can get inspired and learn from experts in the field. When they are not working on their social book series, Lou Knows What to Do, Venita can be found traveling or drinking matcha lattes. Kim can be found running marathons or fueling her coffee addiction to function as a mom to a preschooler and an infant. Together they are serving up some informative and fun topics in Speechie Side Up!
This episode, Venita and Kim talk about their journey in meeting each other and starting a growing business. Get to know them better as they roll dice to answer questions about their most embarrassing therapy moments, pet peeves, and more!
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