About

Hi there! I’m so glad you found yourself here at Ozark Speech Pathologist.  You must love speech-language pathology as much as I do!

Who Am I?

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I’m a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 10 years of clinical experience in the school, skilled nursing, acute care and inpatient rehabilitation setting (my current jam).  Thanks to the invaluable assistance of my mentors, I successfully transitioned from pediatric to adult-based clinical services years ago.  I am LSVT-certified, Vital-Stim certified, and FEES trained.  Additionally, I’m an associate member of the Dysphagia Research Society and a certified member of ASHA SIG-13.   

I carved out this corner of the web to cultivate a creative space dedicated to my pursuit of collecting and sharing resources related to adult medical speech-language pathology.  I enjoy creating and sharing resources that benefit my patients and make life as a busy clinician easier. The purpose of this blog is to share this variety of clinical materials and resources that I find or create with other rehab clinicians.

Check out my interview with Speech Pathology Master’s Program!

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What Happened to Ozark Speechie?

This blog was previously known as Ozark Speechie from 2013 – 2016 but then took a not-so-brief hiatus to rebrand and refresh.  Thank you to everyone for sticking around and fully understanding the power of procrastination!

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Please enjoy the nature photos as you browse – copyright Northwest Arkansas Permaculture

The surrounding Ozark foothills & landscapes of Northwest Arkansas provide me with inspiration & beauty every time I step out on my front porch.

I hope you enjoy what you find!

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Email: ozarkspeechpathologist@gmail.com

 

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33 comments on “About

  1. Nannette Crawford

    Very nice site. I came across it on the Adult Speech Therapy Group or one of the groups I follow. Thank you.

  2. Danielle

    I love your website! I’m starting my CFY in May at a SNF and I am going to use some of your great ideas! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • ozark speechie

      Thank you! I look forward to updating again soon once real life slows down!

  3. Stefanie Gaidos

    What a fantastic blog.. I am fairly new to the medical LTAC scene (also transferring from pediatric school setting) and finding this site has been extremely helpful! Thanks so much 🙂

  4. Sara P

    Can I tell you how you just made my life soooooo much easier?!!! Thank you! You are generous and talented. Thank you.

    • ozark speechie

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you found some useful resources!

  5. Great site for suggestions for new clinicians! Thanks!!

  6. Thanks for all the great resources! As a home health SLP, I’m constantly searching for new ways to stimulate my patients.

    • ozark speechie

      Lori – you are so very welome! And thanks for the kind comment!

  7. I am a CF at a SNF and I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful resources on here! They have made this new experience so much better for me and especially for my patients! Thank you!!!

  8. I love your blog!! Thank you for all the great ideas! Can’t wait to hear more. I just printed some to try with my patients tomorrow!

  9. Hi! I am currently in the process of transitioning into work with adults after having worked with peds for over two years. You’re blog has been very helpful as I gradually make the transition. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share your thoughts and ideas! : )

  10. You have an amazing site. I currently work in a SNF in the Ozarks! I can’t wait to try some of the activities you have here. Thank you for sharing!

    • ozark speechie

      Thanks for stopping by and checking out the site! It’s nice to meet a fellow Ozarkian!

  11. Hi, I just found you on Adult Rehab Speech Therapy Group on FB. I look forward to looking more at your page/blog when I have time. One thing I know for sure after 26 years of practicing, I STILL learn something new everyday!!! I STILL love what I do and hope you will feel the same way 25 years from now!!! Thanks for sharing your experience, knowledge and resources. 🙂

  12. Katie Hopper

    Holy. Cow. I have hit the jackpot. Looks like I have a date this weekend with my printer and laminator. THANK YOU!

  13. Thank you so much for the AAC boards that I downloaded and used with my stroke patient at the hospital this week! Big Timesaver!

  14. I am an SLP who has been in the schools for the past four years, and I’ll be transitioning to an acute care hospital in the summer. The activities, ideas, and info you’ve shared on your site have had me browsing (and pinning) for hours! Thanks so much for sharing your resources =)

  15. Your story sounds like mine! I spent 4 years in public schools, transitioned to SNF, and tried to get into the medical field…..Told I was under qualified. And, I’m also in the Ozarks and NWA area. So happy I came across a pinterest post linking me to your blog. I’m always looking for fresh ideas to use!

  16. Thank you so much–I wanted to brush up and get some new therapy activity ideas. It’s nice to have the activities and their purpose all in one place!

  17. This is a wonderful blog! I also transitioned to SNFs after 2 years in the school system. It has been a difficulty journey and I can completely relate to your biography. Keep on posting 🙂

  18. I’ve pinned your page to my SNF Speech page and would like to invite you to our FB group as well: SLPs in SNFs. So many great ideas on this page. Thank you for sharing all of them!

  19. THANK GOODNESS for your creation of this site! I read your bio and we have a lot in common in terms of settings and our transition to Adult rehab. I have just started checking out your resources and am having so much fun!

  20. Just found your site through a Google search for finance management tasks. THANK YOU! You have so many great therapy ideas and thoughtful reasoning behind each one. Very helpful!

  21. I stumbled upon your page from pinterest. I have to say hi from Alaska! I was born and raised in NW Arkansas, have lived in Alaska for 6 years, and am hopefully moving back to go to grad school for SLP in AR or MO! Glad to see a fellow SLP-AK-Ozarkian! 🙂

  22. I look forward to more of the great things you have put on here. Your safety awareness cards are totally AWESOME and I use them daily. I have been in a SNF setting for 18 years and find myself looking for new materials and therapeutic tasks all the time. Thank you for doing this blog!!!

  23. Jennifer Kerr

    Thank you so much for creating this site! I work at a a university and refer my students to your website consistently. I, too, am an Ozark transplant from Seattle 🙂 .

  24. Melinda B

    Came across your page after googling for functional therapy ideas. UK based SLT and just changed jobs to begin working in neuro rehab. Your ideas and resources are amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  25. Hi Jessica,

    I am a speech pathologist in Sydney, Australia. I was about to make up some functional word cards for playing Go Fish with a moderately aphasic gentleman I treat and then I thought to google it and see if anyone had done this already. THANK YOU for saving me all of that time. Great site BTW.
    Warm regards,
    Vanessa

  26. Nancy Alkire

    Well done Jessica! You have provided a great service for the student, CFY and seasoned professional SLP. I love your site and appreciate your information.

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