Through the Lens of a CF: COVID

Over the last 5 years, I have embraced my role as a Supervising SLP for grad students, Clinical Fellows (CF) and Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA). 

In January 2020, Meghan joined my growing team. At the time of COVID-19 Meghan was a blissful 3-months into her CF. No one could have anticipated the change about to take place, the amount of preparation necessary to continue services to the best of our ability or how to deal with the exhaustion.  But, Megan has done it like a champ, so I asked her to share some of her insight! Continue reading to learn more about COVID-19 through the lens of a CF.

You may feel like you were just getting used to in-person therapy (maybe in grad school or work) before, but the world turned upside down and now you need to adapt. Here are some tips from one baby SLP to another about how to navigate your CF in this weird time.

  • Boom Learning, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Instagram SLPs will become your teletherapy BFFs. There are so many good resources online made specifically for distance learning and teletherapy so work smarter not harder. Take advantage of what the SLPs that came before you have provided for you.
  • You will likely never have a chance like this to consistently meet with parents or get a snapshot into their home life, so use it. Take time to talk to parents and start building that relationship with them. It can give you great insight into your client and if you have the trust of your clients’ loved ones, you are able to accomplish so much. 
  • Things change, a lot. It’s important to have good relationships with your colleagues as well as parents because you will be emailing them constantly with all sorts of changes. You might feel annoying, but trust me, it is better to have everyone on the same page. With changes, also make sure you always have an activity pulled up on another page in case who-knows-what goes wrong, because it will. 
  • Teletherapy feels like starting over, but it’s really the same.  This new modality just takes a little bit of creativity! The more you do it, the better you will get at it. In due time it will get better, it will get easier, and someday you will have some free time. 

Here are some of our favorite products for teletherapy!

Social Perspective Taking Boom Cards 

AAC Core Vocabulary Series Growing Bundle

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