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Here are some t-shirt ideas for the upcoming ASHA convention-#asha12. I wore a #slpeeps t-shirt, similar to Design A, to last year’s convention. This is a result of a recent twitter conversation with various #slpeeps, so I decided to throw a few designs together using so we can take a vote on what designs we like the best. I went with long sleeve for the first couple designs because I figured we would be in Atlanta in November and chances are it will be pretty cold.

Design A ( I wore a black short sleeve version of this last year)

Design B

Design C

Speaking of Apps

I would like to invite all my readers to check out a new weekly blog that I am a part of!

About Speaking of Apps

This blog addresses the use of touch-screen technology for Speech-Language Pathologists working with clients of all ages. Learn about great apps for language, speech, cognitive-communication, and dysphagia as well as AAC and support apps for adults and children with acquired impairments. Reviews, therapy ideas and recommendations of apps are paired with tips and tricks for using the technology to enhance therapy and professional life. We can all learn from each other as we navigate this exciting new technology together!


Upon entering the field of speech-language pathology, I certainly didn’t expect to become the next millionaire, but I did expect to be able to live very comfortably.

In a recent post on an SLP Facebook page, a young lady inquired about the average annual salary for speech therapists. She was inquiring because her parents were discouraging her from entering the field as they didn’t think she would make ‘good’ money once she graduated. Having spoken to a number of SLPs from around the country at the 2011 annual meeting for the Association of Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA), the average salary seems to vary greatly from region to region and per setting.

So let’s prove those parents wrong and take a look at salaries. National surveys by ASHA break down salary information between two settings: healthcare settings and schools. Both reports look at salary expectations by region, setting and experience.

Key findings from the 2011 ASHA Health Care Survey:

  • Median annual salary was $65,000 for clinical service providers and $90,000 for administrators.
  • Median salaries varied by region; for example, $65,000 in the Midwest and $80,000 in the West.
  • Experience pays. The median salary with one to three years of experience was $58,048; $88,750 with 31 or more years of experience.
  • Median annual salary for private practice owners or independent contractors was $65,000.
  • Rural positions pay more than those in suburban areas.

Key findings from the 2010 ASHA School Survey:

  • Salaries for working a nine or 10-month school year averaged $58,000 in elementary schools; salaries for working an 11- or 12-month school year averaged $65,000.
  • Median academic year salaries for clinical service providers ranged from $55,934 in special day/residential schools to $61,000 in secondary schools.
  • Salaries increased with years of experience. The highest median academic year salary was $78,304 and was achieved by SLPs who worked in secondary schools and had 28 or more years of experience in the profession.
  • New Jersey reported the highest median academic year salary ($80,000); Missouri the lowest ($44,000).
  • Rural salaries tended to be lower than suburban or urban salaries.
  • The median hourly wage was $50.00.

Lil’ Kitten Shopping Cart Game

I have been looking for an app, for some of my higher functioning older clients,  that I could somehow incorporate some life skills into and make it fun. This is one of those apps, granted it’s geared towards younger kids but it still works and the kids love it!  I have been using this app for the last two weeks now and its great fun  and its FREE!!

 The premise for this game is simple your mom gives you a shopping list and certain amount of money to spend- don’t  go over your budget or the game is over  and if you save money you get to keep it and buy toys at the toys store.  So there are lots of skills to be worked on here:

 Problem solving/Negotiating– Where in the store are the things on your list located?

Asking questions– Asking the store clerk where a certain item is if you are unsure what aisle it is on.

Real life applications Take out that play/real money, write your list out, get your calculator and add up your purchases. Calculate the savings 🙂 or find out if you spent too much 😦

Pre-ASHA Convention Day 1


Made it to San Diego !! It was a pretty quick and smooth flight from Phoenix 🙂   I chose to walk to the convention center from my hotel The Holiday Inn on the Bay and it wasn’t that bad (about a mile and a half).  When I arrived at the convention center I saw this sign (pictured above), I looked at it for a second and thought  “Welcome to ASHA Convention”?, I really want to put a  “the”  in front of ASHA or is that just me??

Registration was easy they scanned my bar code on my badge, gave me my lanyard and bag with the program in it.  Now it was off to ask what the issue was with the Personal Scheduler. For the life of me I was unable to register for it, I tried on two different computers and an iPad- No Luck!  I know I wasn’t the only person having problems with it. Right?  ( If you had problems leave a comment below).   So a nice gentleman at the customer service desk helped me setup my account and showed me where the personal scheduling computers were however they weren’t ready yet. After some exploring downtown and meeting one of the #slpeeps @apujo5, I was ready to set up my schedule. I entered all my courses I wanted to take and printed my schedule, and you had to be careful because you couldn’t just select the calendar to print -it printed everything your calendar and every abstract for every course you selected- some people were printing 50 pages.  Think we could save a few more treees next time and go with an app or something that looks like it was designed in this decade?

Next up was the ASHA First Timer orientation 5:00-6:30pm, where they had some food and refreshments which was nice because by this time in the day  I was pretty hungry. Met some cool people from Boston and interestingly enough Phoenix. There were so many first and second year grad student as well, why didn’t I get to go in grad school??- thanks NAU! I also got to meet  ASHA’s president Paul R. Rao 🙂 He was very friendly and happy to meet everyone. I also gave him an earful about that darn Personal Scheduler  and he directed me to the right people to give feedback to.   I also got my first two ribbons for my name badge at this event –

After the orientation to a the shuttle back to the hotel and crashed I  was pretty tired ! Can’t imagine how I am going to feel after a full day of exhibit halls, poster sessions, and courses!!

Check Back tomorrow  for the Official First Day Post!

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