Just a few years ago, I was sitting in my un-classy apartment in West Georgia impatiently waiting to start SLP grad school. It’s been almost 3 years and I’ve learned one or 2 things. Last year, I wrote “Summer Reading List for New SLP Grad Students” . But, allow me to share something I wish someone had shared with me long ago…
SpeechPathology.com – ever heard of it? Maybe you have. I see their ads in my Facebook feed. Or in emails I didn’t realize I signed up for at an ASHA convention. But this one…this one is worth clicking on.
Let me preface all of this by saying I didn’t receive any financial compensation, free membership, or lifetime supply of high fives from these guys. I shamelessly praise them at every turn, at every district SLP staff meeting, and on Twitter. But, if by reading this you decide to buy a subscription — click here to buy —- and I get a referral bonus. Just a suggestion 🙂
So what is it?
SpeechPathology.com is “a recognized leader in online professional development and career center resources for Speech Language Pathologists and SLPAs worldwide.” AKA you can sit in your pajamas or on the beach and earn ASHA approved CEUs. They offer professional development courses via video, audio, or text transcriptions. They hire practicing SLPs across the Nation who specialize in a given topic, record the session, and offer the courses available live or at your own leisure.
What does this mean for soon-to-be (and current) SLP Graduate Students?
You can access 500+ courses given by leading SLP experts, attend/re-watch virtual conferences and symposiums, and access weekly live seminars. I am all for reading research and staying current, but sometimes one article takes me a few hours. Ever since I purchased my subscription, I’ve watched over 20+ hours of a variety of course topics that I never made time to learn about before.
For those starting an SLP grad school or in the middle of it, the courses offered allow you to explore topics you have a high interest in but may not get the chance to take at your university. For example, before starting graduate school, I was really interested in dialects and multiculturalism. My only resource was a textbook I secretly bought on eBay. If I had this subscription, I would have watched one of the approximately 8 bazillion courses they have (that’s an estimate, folks).
While you wait around the summer before starting, why not take advantage of your excitement and free time. I am knee-deep in IEPs and meetings, yet I find the time to take a CEU course on a topic of interest. My favorite course so far –> “Conquering R: Effective Evaluation and Intervention Procedures”
In case you are just rolling in the dough, they also have this new product called “SimuCase” that provides virtual patients with case studies. You can interact with and diagnose within the virtual interaction. I want to try out! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Bottom Line: How much??
SpeechPathology.com has a “StudentUnion”, which is $49 per year. This is basically the same as the full subscription, except you can’t count any of the courses as CEUs. For $99 a year, you can count the credits towards CEUs for ASHA and state licensure/certification. The SimuCase is a separate subscription for $99 a year.
I’d love to hear from others if they enjoy this as much as I do, or if you’ve had a different experience. Happy learning!