4 reasons to become an SLP in an outpatient setting

If you’re a Speech and Language Pathologist looking for a change may consider a switch in your professional setting. The drive and compassion you put into every work day can help you feel the job satisfaction you’ve been craving for years.

The opportunity for speech-language pathologists in outpatient settings is booming across the country. Read on to learn why you should consider this career:

1. It’s already a growing career

If you’re interested in pursuing a career that’s projected to explode with job opportunities over the next decade, speech-language pathology is a route worth exploring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunity for speech-language therapists is expected to grow 18 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is a rate that’s faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is expected because there’s a predicted need for care for aging baby boomers, the second-largest generation in the country. That means there will likely be more speech- or language-impaired health conditions to care for, inclining the need for traditional and travel SLPs across the U.S.

2. There’s more than one kind of Outpatient setting

Just like you get to visit different areas of the country, travel SLPs can work in various outpatient clinical settings. Outpatient settings, also known as ambulatory care, refer to any place that doesn’t require or have the capacity for an overnight stay, such as a hospital. Examples of care settings you can take on a travel therapist assignment include the home of the individual you’re caring for, emergency departments, primary care physicians offices, community health clinics, urgent care clinics, specialized outpatient clinics and even pharmacies.

3. Get a diverse clientele

As an SLP, there’s an opportunity to work with a variety of age groups. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, most adults (24 percent) seeking therapy in outpatient settings range between 70 and 79 years old, but if you have a preference, you can also work with teens, young adults and middle-aged individuals. Additionally, pediatric clients seen in outpatient clinics are made up of 18 percent infants, 31 percent pre-school toddlers and 30 percent school-age kids.

4. Broader opportunity to make a positive impact

Outpatient volumes are expected to increase by 15% through 2022, according to Sg2 predictions. With this growth, you’ll make a major impact on people’s lives. Whether you’re helping a child learn non-verbal social cues, assisting a teen in getting rid of stutter or aiding an aging adult who’s having trouble communicating with his or her family, you’ll gain broader experience in a field that is only growing.

If you’re on the fence about pursuing a career as a travel SLP , keep in mind your commitment is traditionally just 3 months (13 weeks) in an outpatient setting. So, no commitment necessary. Want some advice? Visit us here and we’ll answer any question you have.

Lauren Started an SLP Assignment with Jackson and Met Her Husband #MatchMaker

IMG_6383-2.jpgEarlier this year, Cupid made an appearance in a small Arizona town near the borders of California and Nevada and forever changed the lives of two special people. At the Heart of Historic Route 66 sits Kingman, AZ, a dynamic western town that became the temporary home for Lauren, a Traveling Speech Language Pathologist on assignment with Jackson. Just a few months into her short-term contract at a local Skilled Nursing Facility, Lauren met Önder online. Within just a week of meeting each other, Lauren tells us they both knew this was “it.”

The happy couple got married just 6 months later.

So, we’re not saying that if you take a travel job with Jackson, you’ll meet your future spouse. But, you will. Maybe…

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5 Benefits of Being a School-Based Therapist

Every day, thousands of therapists across the country help children succeed in school.Every day, thousands of therapists across the country help children succeed in school. For many individuals, working as a school-based therapist can be the ideal career, thanks to the nature and importance of the job. Based on therapist feedback from across the U.S., here are our top-five benefits of being a school-based therapist:

1. Make a life-long difference in children’s lives

Most obviously, education equips children with the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their personal, professional and life goals. Because of school-based therapists, students are better able to engage in the material presented to them in important subjects like English and math while learning the vital skills that will help them throughout the rest of their lives in topics like writing, reading, interpersonal communication and time management.

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Learn the creative ways therapists use foam rollers to heal pain & improve mobility (& fight cellulite!)

Dancers and athletes have long known the seemingly magical powers of foam rollers. They can help loosen tight hips or knotted quad muscles.

Dancers and athletes have long known the seemingly magical powers of foam rollers. They can help loosen tight hips or knotted quad muscles. Physical and occupational therapists also use them in a number of different ways during sessions with patients. Check out the list below for the clever ways you can use these rollers on your own:

Work out shin splints

If you feel a mild shooting pain in your shins after hitting the track or the trails, you may have shin splints. You can use your foam roller to work out the pain. 

Simply kneel on your roller and slowly work it down to your ankle and back up. Make sure not to hit your knees! That could lead you to accidentally hurting yourself, noted Health magazine.

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Valentine crafts for kids in speech therapy

Check out these activities to do in honor of Valentine's Day.

Check out these activities to do in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, offering plenty of opportunities for students to get in the spirit – and help strengthen their speech and language skills. There are a number of Valentine’s-themed crafts you can have them complete. Check out the list below for fun, thematic activities:

Matching games

This game from Speech Buddy is based on cutting out hearts and writing connecting words on each side of the heart. Then, cut each heart in half and mix them up. Your student will be able to build his or her understanding of different objects as they seek out matching pieces. If you are looking to focus on building fluency, ask your student to read each word out as he or she looks for its match. Read More