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Saving Our Profession: My Journey in Professional Advocacy

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Have you ever felt called to do more for your profession but unsure where to start? That’s where I was, and I’m happy to share that being more involved is easier than you think. Here is my story: I walk into a room filled with physical therapists for a meeting to discuss state legislative issues. I don’t like politics, but I sure am concerned about the future of my profession, and that’s why I’m there. As I listen to the conversation, I cannot follow it. They are referring to procedures I don’t understand, using language I can barely interpret. I … Continue reading

Celebrating Infinity Rehab Speech-Language Pathologists!

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of Speech-Language Pathologists in providing life-altering treatment. For 2017, the theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection.” In this theme, we wanted to share stories from team members about our Speech-Language Pathologists and the vital role they play in helping individuals regain or develop independence and comfort. In June 2016, my SLP, who had been at our building for over 14 years, retired. He was wonderful and was SO ingrained in the building, that anyone that covered him for PTO usually … Continue reading

Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month — Stories from #SLPeeps

I became interested in becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist initially because of an off-hand comment that a guy I was dating at the time said. His professor had said, “If I had to do over again, I think I would become a speech therapist.” I was sort of floating at that time, not really sure what I wanted to do with my life, and he said to me, “maybe you should be a speech therapist. You like people and you like talking, so maybe it would be a good fit for you.” So I started looking into what “speech therapy” really … Continue reading

Celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month — Stories from #SLPeeps

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Perhaps my best moment as an Speech-Language Pathologist came when I was doing chart screens in a vent/trach unit and I came across a gentleman with a diagnosis of cerebellar CVA. Physician notes stated that the patient had severe aphasia and dementia and was the basis for his non-communication. Reading the chart and drawing on my knowledge of neuro anatomy, I felt that just maybe this patient’s communication deficit was due to something other than aphasia/dementia. What I remember most about this gentleman was his eyes.  They were incredibly big and expressive and tracked everything in his environment. I decided to obtain a clear plexiglass board … Continue reading

Evidence-Based Practice: A Primer to Help You Get Started

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Health care has seen a recent jump in interest around the subject of evidence-based practice, or EBP.  Necessity is the driving force behind this trend.  The US spends over twice as much as the average developed nation on health care, yet Americans don’t live any longer than our sister nations1. Now the people paying the bills – largely our government and private insurers – are starting to ask more questions and demand a better return on investment. The good news is that no one knows health care better than the people who practice it.  Clinicians have the training and experience … Continue reading

Infinicast Vol. 7: Better Hearing & Speech Month

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Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role Speech-Language Pathologists play in providing life-altering treatment. In the spirit of celebrating BHSM, Infinity Rehab President, Mike Billings sat down with Stacey Turner, SLP, MS, CCC-SLP – Regional Vice President of Operations for Infinity – to discuss her career trajectory, serving different populations, leadership qualities, and what the future landscape of post-acute care holds for SLPs. Leave a comment and let us know how you’re celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month. And, as always, Infinity Rehab extends our sincere gratitude … Continue reading