Being a speech-language pathologist is one of the most rewarding careers one could imagine… but it isn’t without challenges. In today’s blog, we discuss some of those challenges faced by SLPs and things that Constant Therapy can do to help ease a few of those burdens!
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have a lot on their plates. We are tasked with the difficult balancing act of seeing as many patients as possible (dare I write the word “productivity”?), while minimizing our therapy costs (has anyone else ever had admin hide the cord to the copy machine before?), providing high quality and evidence-based care (fangirl here, who wakes up grateful for The Informed SLP on the daily), and somehow also living our lives as adults in society. While nothing I tell you can make these struggles disappear, I will give you at least a few tidbits of good news below!
I know, it sends shivers down my spine, too. The reality is that administration often puts completely unrealistic expectations on us as SLPs, and on other providers as well. There’s just not enough time in the day to train the kitchen on dietary modifications, train nursing on using low-tech AAC with your latest trach patient, and also somehow manage to document and spend X% of your time on billable activities.
I’m not kidding, I actually did experience administration hiding a copy machine cord from us once so we couldn’t make any more copies because we had overspent on paper and toner as a department… and even when I did have copy machine access, I had to make sure I had remembered to print off everything I needed for the whole day because my sessions were back to back, have the right handouts with me for the right patient at the right time, and try to predict how the session would go so I could have the right material on hand to provide for homework. Executive functioning tax much?!
Again in a win for technology, there are so many amazing ways to take in updates on the research in our field. Whether it’s watching on-demand webinars, listening to a podcast on the drive home (if I’m honest, I’m usually listening to true crime by the end of a long day), or excitedly devouring The Informed SLP monthly digest, there are so many ways we can keep up with the research. But in the day-to-day, sometimes it’s tough to get access to actual therapy materials that apply those proven methods.
Our jobs aren’t easy. While there are incredible wins along the way, it’s hard to give of yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically all day long – and then go home to your family and friends and continue to give and care for others. There is so much to balance, so many priorities to juggle. We are tasked with a big responsibility – the communicative well-being of others. We chose this task, we chose this journey – but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy every day.
Looking to try something new to alleviate a burden or two? Try out Constant Therapy for yourself! Download our clinician app today! Look for the pink CT icon in your Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Amazon App Store today!