The Enigmatic Energy and Leadership of Our Colleagues!

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Presenters: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP, Deborah Brooks, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD and Maria Kotsonis, MA CCC-SLP, TSSLD

In this episode Michelle is joined by the dynamic duo behind the “SLPs Wine and Cheese PodCast”, Deborah Brooks, MA CCC-SLP, TSSLD and Maria Kotsonis, MA CCC-SLP, TSSLD.  “What does that have to do with my continuing education,” you may openly ponder?  Well, these two are shaking up what it means to be a modern day leader in the field of Speech-Language Pathology!  Set aside your predisposed tendencies towards ageism and sit in awe as these two fabulous millennials inspire you to rethink your work life balance, trouble shoot common challenges, and offer inspiration on how to overcome these challenges…all while growing your evidence based practice!!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 2 strategies to assist with balancing their work/life schedule while still working towards being a leader in the field of speech-language pathology.
  2. Identify and explain 2 sources for expanding their evidence-based practice.
  3. Identify and describe 2 examples of current challenges in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and strategies for how to overcome them.
About Deborah: Deborah Brooks, MA CCC-SLP, TSSLD is a Speech-Language Pathologist providing speech therapy services throughout NYC. She is also the creator of the speech therapy coloring book series: Color in Speech. Deborah attended St. John's University in Queens, NY for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She has been in the field for 5 years, working in the school, clinic, and nursing home settings. Deborah co-hosts a podcast with her clinic partner from graduate school, Maria Kotsonis. The podcast is called SLPs Wine and Cheese and it's a great listen for both seasoned and newbie SLPs. 

About Maria: 
Maria Kotsonis, MA CCC-SLP, TSSLD, graduated from St. John’s University with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.  She has her New York State licensure in Speech Language Pathology and earned her Professional Certificate as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD).  Maria also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA).  Maria has experience working with pediatrics and adults in a variety of settings: preschool, an elementary school, home-based, and a private practice.  Maria is trained in PROMPT therapy and uses this approach extensively during her diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of clients.  She has experience working with clients with autism, language disorders, fluency, sensory-processing disorder, articulation disorders and voice disorders. When Maria is not working she enjoys recording episodes of SLPs wine and cheese, practicing yoga, and traveling the world. 
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Related Area)

Course Timeline:

0-10: Introductions and Backgrounds

10-20: Discuss the strategies for balancing the current work/life load of a modern Speech-Language Pathologist.

20-30: Discuss Physician considerations when making a referral for Speech Therapy and how a Special Needs Care Coordinator can assist.

30-45: Discuss how a Speech Language Pathologist can engage in IPP by improving continuity of care with the Special Needs Care Coordinator.

45-1:00: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement for Deborah Brooks:

Financial: Deborah Brooks is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Maria Kotsonis:

Financial: Maria Kotsonis is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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