What We Do:
Stressed Out SLP
In short, we take stressed out speech-language professionals, add resources, tools, and supports, and help reduce work load and stress. We help you help them!
As a speech-language pathologist (SLP) working in the schools, I often found myself over-worked, under-appreciated, and flying by the seat of my pants during some of my sessions. Sure, I knew that every thing I did needed to be backed by research, but when was I supposed to have time to sit down and pore through the latest research? Between coordinating the schedules of the classroom teachers and driving all over town for my itinerant students, I barely had time to eat lunch! Let alone sit down and research a specific topic. These kids were depending on me! And I didn’t feel like I was helping them in the way I should.
And I found that I wasn’t alone.
Across the nation, SLPs are struggling to keep up with large case loads, piles of paperwork, and an ever-changing body of research upon which we’re supposed to base our practice. It’s just too much. That’s why I created Speech and Language Kids and The SLP Solution!
Task Analysis to the Rescue!
I found my saving grace to be task analysis. Yes, I know that sounds weird. Yes, I know I’m a nerd. But when I started breaking down larger skills into step-by-step plans, I felt like I could take a breath and relax a bit. Task analysis is backed by research and for me, breaking these skills down comes second nature to me. I LOVE IT!
So I started sharing what I was doing. At first, I was just blogging about what I was doing. Just writing down my task analysis steps with brief descriptions of how to work on each step. I wrote it in a way that parents could understand but SLPs could use in their therapy sessions. And I started building a following! Over time I built up massive list of SLPs who benefit from using my task analysis break-downs in therapy to make sure that what they’re doing is effective, backed by research, and is going to support the children they work with in the best ways possible.
Now, instead of helping just the 30-40 preschoolers on my caseload, I’m helping thousands of children across the world! And I couldn’t be more proud!
Enter this Membership:
As my list grew, I found myself spending all of my time answering questions via email about the tough cases that my followers were facing. I also found myself answering many of the same questions over and over again. My challenge then became finding a way to help even more SLPs with the time I had available. And thus, the membership was born.
The SLP Solution membership allowed me to answer a question from a member once and then post that video online so the other members could see as well. This grew into a huge database of training videos, worksheets, and step-by-step guides to help SLPs create therapy sessions that truly help the little ones who depend on us!
I am so pleased to be able to help so many SLPs across the world! We as SLPs are caregivers and we care so much about those that we serve. It’s about time that someone was there to support us!
Carrie Clark, MA CCC-SLP
Carrie Clark is the founder and owner of Speech and Language Kids, a website that is focused on the pediatric side of speech-language pathology. Carrie’s super power is taking complex topic and breaking them down into easy-to-follow step-by-step plans. She also loves the challenge of trying to solve a problem. Through her membership program at The SLP Solution, Carrie is able to help thousands of speech-language pathologists by digging through the research on various speech-language pathology topics or therapies and creating quick and simple resources that break it all down. Carrie and her team of mentors further support their members by answering questions in the exclusive member groups and brainstorming ideas and solutions for tough cases and situations.
While Carrie loves being able to help so many SLPs individually, she is also passionate about coming up with ways to help the profession as a whole. She’s still not sure exactly how to go about that, but she knows that she has a tremendous opportunity to improve our profession and she intends to take advantage of that opportunity in whatever way she can!
Our SLP Staff
Carrie doesn’t do this alone! Check out our other amazing mentors who help out in answering question, giving advice, and presenting webinars!
Laura Powell, CCC-SLP
Specialties: Voice Disorders, Speech Sound Disorders
Laura Powell is one of our amazing SLP Staff members who helps us out in the membership program. Laura runs her own private practice in Columbia, MO where she and her staff treat a variety of speech and language delays and disorders. Laura loves giving back to the community by helping our SLPs with their tough cases!
Lauren Laur, CCC-SLP
Specialties: Early Childhood, Language Disorders
Lauren Laur completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. While at Truman, she completed several research projects on early literacy skills, including a thesis related to the language output of preschoolers when reading different genres of books. Lauren has worked in the early childhood setting, the outpatient clinical setting, as well as in a rehabilitative center working with both adults and children. Lauren has a wide range of experience with many different delays and disorders.
Shanell Latta, CCC-SLP
Specialties: Community Management, Cognition and Memory
Shanell’s experience is with a variety of disorders and age levels. Her strength is treating cognitive communication disorders with the goal of improving overall quality of life. She is trained in the use of programs and strategies, including the Social Thinking! approach, executive function therapy, and the Zones of Regulation. She also enjoys working with children with challenging and severe speech sounds disorders, including phonological disorders. She uses a research-based, multi-faceted approach with this population, including a focus on early literacy and the use of augmentative communication systems and devices.
Lia Kurtin, CCC-SLP
Lia Kurtin is a speech-language pathologist based out of Colorado with her own private practice, Speech and Language at Home. Lia joins us in the membership to share her amazing expertise and experiences by answering questions, presenting webinars, and helping our members with their tough cases. Lia’s wide range of experience and knowledge provides an amazing addition to our membership!
Katie Mattingly, CCC-SLP
Specialties: Social Skills, Autism
Katie worked as a school based SLP in Idaho and Montana before moving into consulting and private practice. Her focus is on best practice intervention for functional and social communication, cognitive flexibility, executive function, and behavior strategies for students with autism spectrum disorder, social communication disorder, and related diagnoses. In addition to contract and clinical services, Katie continues to work as a consultant with the Montana Autism Education Project.