Category: Social Networking

You wouldn’t really call me a captain of Pindustry, or one of the Pindustrialists of the Pindustrial Revolution, and I wouldn’t be considered  a source of Pinspiration. I would like to think of my self as a unique Pindivudal.  Okay I’ll stop I’ll stop I promise, hmm   maybe just one more?  I am not a source of Pindigestion.  If you’re not on Pinterest yet you really should be considering it has opened it’s doors to everyone. So it’s pretty much Pinevitable that you’ll be pinning soon.

I am not a hardcore Pinner by any means as Pinterest is really geared more toward women. Case in point, here is a  picture of what I see when I log into Pinterest. I know very manly.  It’s because I only follow women!

What I have found Pinterest useful for is somewhat different from how I see other SLPs utilizing it. For the most part Pinterest is used for collecting all your ideas,pictures, inspirations, etc… on your favorite topic and creating a virtual bulletin board of sorts. So it works well for all those crafty SLPs always wanting to create the next cool activity or just keep your cool ideas in one place. Which is totally fine if you have the time allotted to make these activities or have insomnia and have some extra time in your day ;). Here is an example of what I have found a  typical SLP board looks like. You can see the pins are  made up of: links to blogs, links to activities, links to checklists, examples of games etc…

I  have started to use Pinterest a bit differently. I am using it as a giant bulletin board for ‘flash cards’. I have been experimenting with creating phoneme boards as well as a figurative language board. Here is a link and an example of my Idioms and Figurative Language Board:

Once the board is created I then use a free app called Bazaart. Using this app you are able to make some pretty cool mash-ups (Bazaart calls them “restylings” ). What is really neat about Bazaart is that you can select anyone’s profile and do a ‘restyling’ of their pins. Simply type in their Pinterest user name and it brings up all of their boards. Here are a couple of examples of boards I made using Bazaart.

/str/ words mash-up

Final /p/ words mash-up

What’s even cooler than your basic sound board mash-ups are boards where you can create your own visual scene! What I recommend for you to do if you do want to make your own visual scenes, is to go to and search for pictures with white backgrounds. The white backgrounds will make it much easier to crop the background out and place into your scene.  You can use these scenes for articulation, fluency, expressive language, written expression, and the list goes on.  Here is a basic example of a visual scene I created using Bazaart. I have titled it ” A Bad Day in the Neighborhood”.

For this scene I searched ‘city street’ as well as ‘superman’, ‘red car’, ‘stapler’, and ‘big bird’ with white backgrounds. The white backgrounds makes the cropping a cleaner process.

If you are ambitious you can  then take your visual scene and use it with another free app called WriteYourCap, which allows you to write a caption and overlay it over your scene. You can also use this with some of the pins on my Idioms and Figurative Language Board.

I hope you have found this a Pinteresting post and if you have any questions always feel free to e-mail me or make a comment.

Social Networking for SLPs

If wasn’t for the advent of twitter the odds of you reading this right now would be very very slim. Since joining Twitter last year around this time and networking with fellow speech-language pathologists I have been on an amazing social networking journey involving Facebook, twitter, ASHA’s online community, and Pinterest. I have started my own blog, I am co-editor of an App review site, helping sell Smarty Symbols, and possibly on the verge of developing an app. These are all things of which would have never occurred if I never signed up for Twitter and started my social networking journey.  So that being said there is almost a guarantee that you are a part of some social network out there on the internet. In case of the slim chance that you aren’t not consumed with social media like I am let’s take a moment to define what a social network is:


“A social network is a map of the relationships between individuals, indicating the ways in which they are connected through various social familiarities ranging from casual acquaintance to close familial bonds”


This map of relationships almost certainly involves Facebook, but how does Facebook help a SLP out? You’re probably saying isn’t Facebook for sharing pictures of my baby wearing sunglasses and complaining about life? Well yes it’s all for that but where the networking really occurs is with groups.  Groups can either be open or closed (by invite only).  The main groups I belong to and help administer are called SLPeeps andSLPs Talk Apps . SLPeeps is a group of 755 + members who are also SLPs. It’s dedicated to sharing resources, answering questions, and in general helping each other out. There are also plenty of other groups dedicated to various topics. Some of these groups include: Augmenative Communication Resources & Help, Assistive Technology,, and state/region specific groups like Arizona Apraxia Support.



There are probably less of you out there on Twitter as I have found that Twitter is an acquired taste and a little too fast moving for some to keep up with, but it is very useful and highly recommended. Twitter uses what are called hashtags. Hashtags help you to denote your post as a specific topic using the “#” symbol. The main hashtag for speech-language pathology, which is also ASHA recognized, is #SLPeeps. So if you had a link you wanted to post or had a question to ask a fellow SLP you simply just add #SLPeeps and almost instantly you have a response which is super nice! The resources and links posted daily seem to be endless!!



The new social media kid on the block is Pinterest.  Pinterst has pretty much hit by storm and is quickly climbing the social media ranks.  What is Pinterest you ask?  It’s quite simple it’s actually  a giant bulletin board based on your interests. Be it recipes, photography, crafts, sewing or in our case speech therapy there is a board for virtually everything and and anything.  Where is comes in most useful is for therapy ideas. You are able to scan boards and boards for articulation, language, pragmatics, or even apps.  Here is an example page of what it looks like:





ASHA Community is a giant forum based online community for audiologists and speech-language pathologists. It allows you to subscribe to certain discussion forums such as ASHA SIGs, SLP private practice, SLP Technology, Audiology, Early Intervention, NSSLHA members, Research, SLP Health care, and SLP in Schools. ASHA community unfortunately gets the short end of the stick as far as what typically gets most of my attention because I am usually consumed by facebook and twitter, which is why it’s great that ASHA is involved in both facebook and twitter.




LinkedIn is similar to Facebook but instead with a business and professional network twist to it. LinkedIn helps users engage with one another about business ideas, resume help, job experiences, and about general interests similar to the ASHA community forum and Facebook groups. LinkedIn is also a way to highlight your experience and resume. You can post your resume, interests, and expertise in your profile where potential employers can find it.

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