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True Confessions with Lisa & Sarah

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This is the true story of two school-based SLPs who decided to start a business and are stupid enough to record it. Find out what happens when we stop being polite and start getting real. We would love to hear from you! Email us at with questions or ideas for future podcasts!

This is the true story of two school-based SLPs who decided to start a business and are stupid enough to record it. Find out what happens when we stop being polite and start getting real. We would love to hear from you! Email us at with questions or ideas for future podcasts!
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This is the true story of two school-based SLPs who decided to start a business and are stupid enough to record it. Find out what happens when we stop being polite and start getting real. We would love to hear from you! Email us at with questions or ideas for future podcasts!




E24: This will be the best school year yet...and other lies I tell myself

We're baaaaaaaaack!!!!!! We took a quick break but we are back for an all new season of confessions 🎉 We are kicking off season 2 chatting all about starting a new school year and what we hope for yours!


E23: I wasn't trained to train an SLP-A.

It's our final episode of the season 🎉 Thank you for coming along on this journey with us! We have loved every single minute of this and can't wait to come back and start a new season in a couple months! We are thrilled to have our friend, Amy Hill, in the confessional to chat about everything SLP-A related! Amy is the perfect guest to have on to talk about this subject as she is the program director for the SLP-A program at Estrella Mountain Community College and AZ Executive Director of...


E22: I "may have" made up data for progress reports.

In our latest episode we are getting real about writing progress reports. We have done some things we are not proud of but the reality is that this part of our job is tough! We share the mistakes we made as well as solutions right in time for you to start writing your end of year progress reports!


E21: I was worried RTI would add to my workload.

In our previous episode about interpreting articulation norms we mentioned the use of RTI as a possible solution to providing earlier intervention. In this episode we are going to go in deeper on what that can look like and discuss if it's worthwhile! We are thrilled to have our friend, Laurel Bruce, an SLP and PhD student, in the confessional to share her experience and research! Resources: Laurel Bruce Instagram: RTI Resources from Jennifer Taps...


E20: I used to pull IEP present levels out of my $@&!

Have you ever found yourself writing an IEP and filling out the present levels with something like "Johnny is a sweet boy with a nice smile who has lots of friends" and then nothing else? Yeah, us too! We are chatting about all of the frustration of current processes for gathering data at annual reviews as well as our big Aha! that led us to creating Present Level Assessments inside of SLP Toolkit. Resources mentioned in this episode: How is "appropriate progress" defined by the U.S....


E19: We have been interpreting the articulation norms all wrong.

Many of us have seen the new speech sound norms infographic published by McLeod and Crowe circulating on the internet and there are a lot of feelings about what this means for school based SLPs. We are thrilled to have Kelly Farquharson, Associate Professor at FSU and speech sound expert, in the confessional to chat all about it! This episode was eye opening for us as we discovered that these norms aren't "new" and we have been interpreting the standard circulated norms (i.e. Iowa-Nebraska)...


E18: I used to avoid writing social goals because I didn't know how to measure them.

We were thrilled to have Ryan Hendrix with Social Thinking as a guest on this episode. We loved chatting about how best to support students with social learning differences. Lisa & I confess how we struggled with how best to assess, write objective goals and measure progress on pragmatic language skills. Ryan shares her discovery on how complex treatment is and everything she has learned in her role as a social cognitive therapist. We are obsessed with all things Social Thinking so we may...


E17: We had no idea how big SLP Summit would get.

In our first episode for 2019 we are chatting about goals/resolutions for the new year, all things SLP Summit and we even spill the beans on an exciting new project!


E16: Running my business is harder than being an SLP.

In our latest episode, Jenna Rayburn from Speech Room News is doing the confessing! She shares how she got started, what it takes to be successful and why she does it. Jenna's website: Instagram handle: @speechroomnews


E15: What really went down at ASHA 2018!

In this episode, we spill the tea on what went down at the ASHA convention! Listen to find out what we really think about the convention, what we learned from talking to so many awesome SLPs and what it was like to have the best exhibit hall neighbors ever! And stick around until the end when we answer some of your questions!


E14: I get paid to play for a living.

If you are interested in early intervention but haven't tried it yet this is the episode for you! Our guest, Emily Cohen, speech-language pathologist, and author chats with us about using a play based approach in therapy and the benefits of including the family. Resources mentioned in this episode: Playing with Purpose Book The discount code if people are interested in purchasing the book is: slptoolkit Blog...


E13: I used to only take data because someone said I had to.

In this episode, we are talking about everyone's favorite topic - data! Please still click play :) We share how we really feel about data collection, why it's so challenging and solutions to make it easier and more effective.


E12: Sometimes my pride gets in the way.

We convinced our friend Doug Cutler, M.A. CCC-SLP, to jump into the confessional and we are thrilled that he did! In this episode, Sarah confesses that she never wanted to reach out to Doug, who is the AAC specialist in the district because she was embarrassed with how little she knew about AAC. Doug confesses that he would have a hard time going back to being a school-based SLP. And Lisa finally gets to use a new term she coined 😂. This episode is packed full of real stories and...


E11: We have been treating apraxia all wrong.

We are thrilled to have apraxia specialist, Jennie Bjorem, in the confessional for this episode! We chat about treating childhood apraxia of speech, confess we had no idea what we were doing and discuss how we have all had imposter syndrome at one time or another! This episode will not only give you practical treatment ideas but will also discuss how we are all doing the best we can with what we have. Bjorem Speech on YouTube:...


E10: We are the last people that should be talking about balance.

In this episode, we talk about our attempts (and failure) at balancing work, motherhood, love and health. We also confess if we really get along as much as it looks like we do!


E9: Feeling uncomfortable is a good thing.

We are so excited to have Maria Dixon in the confessional! Maria is not only our friend but is also a professor at Arizona State University and has all the goods about what it takes to successfully survive grad school! We chat about everything from what it takes to be an SLP, to being teacher's pet and tips for supervising grad students. Warning this episode is very funny! Here is a link to a blog post Maria wrote about the NAGPOT strategy mentioned in our podcast:...


E8: I don't sit around reading research all day.

We are super excited to have Dr. Meredith Harold in the confessional (virtually) where she confesses that, "As a PhD, I thought SLPs should just know the research, and if they didn't, they weren't trying hard enough." We love her openness and perspective as she realized that this couldn't be further from the truth and shares the struggles of bridging practice and research! The Informed SLP: Meredith's IG handle: @theinformedslp Speech Bite:...


E7: I have fear of using AAC.

We are super excited to have our friend Anne Page in the confessional for this episode! Anne shares her confession: "I had a student show up with a device and I had no idea how to use it." If you struggle with helping students with AAC or meeting the needs of students with complex communication needs this episode is for you! Anne's website: Anne's IG: Other resources: Email us at...


E6: There is no shame in our game!

In this episode, we talk about SLP shaming and why it needs to stop!


E5: We are not business majors

In this episode, Lisa and Sarah confess that they had no idea what they were doing when they started SLP Toolkit. They share how the idea came to them, how they got it off the ground and what they have learned along the way.