Start and Run a Therapy Practice

Start and Run

The overwhelming majority of direct email queries I receive are about private practice—everything from “how do I get started” to “what kind of billing form do you use?”  So I know that the dream to strike out on your own is near and dear to many.

I’m a firm believer that if you harbor the desire, you need to take the risk and try it at some point, in some capacity.  However, I’m also fiscally conservative and would always suggest starting small with as little overhead as possible while you build your caseload.

Scott Harmon at Start a Therapy Practice has podcasts and free forms that can answer a lot of your questions, but his recent endeavor, Start & Run a Therapy Practice e-book, contains an over 120pg blueprint for the fledgling practice.  (Check out his website to download sample chapters for free.)

He thoroughly covers marketing research, funding, billing, even adding on employees.  It was an easy read with important recommendations you can return to as you need or grow.  I was personally quite taken with the extensive list of resources in the back.  While I was familiar with a number of them, I’m now working my way through the rest!

A short word of warning however, this book contains the truth and not simply “go get ‘em, Tiger!”  You won’t like everything he has to say, but you need to hear him out (a.k.a. don’t shoot the messenger).  This might be particularly difficult if you’re already “in”, but I promise you that you’ll reap more success considering these tips (even if it mean cutting some losses and beginning again) than you will sticking your head in the sand.

Scott generously gave me two copies of Start & Run a Therapy Practice.  One to review (though the opinions expressed here are strictly my own), and one to give away.   To enter, leave a comment below letting us know the area you feel least knowledgeable about in terms of starting your own practice.  Enter by Sunday, April 20, 2014, midnight EST.  I’ll select a winner at random and announce it on Monday, April 21, 2014.  Good luck!

Did you know I often post “extras” on my Facebook page?  Check out the activities I’ve been doing with Easter eggs!

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Take the TpT Plunge Linky Party

 

TPT linky party

I was astounded when I discovered Teachers Pay Teachers.  Not only was it a fabulously economical way to build my therapy library, but the activities were often more on point than those from large companies (since they came directly from the field).  Plus, I love supporting my fellow SLPs!


Tpt linky party candy town

The first purchase I made was Speech Room News’ “Candy Town Artic Cards” and I still use them all the time!   (And I quickly went back and bought the fluency version too.)

 TpT linky party artic dice

Then I picked up Artic Dice bundles by the Buckeye Speech Path.  Again, a great investment!

TPT linky party move ahead

While Rock, Paper, Scissors tops my personal best seller list, my Move Ahead Decks are what I use the most frequently because they’re so versatle.  I had them out again yesterday!

Check out what other SLPs are saying about TpT, by hopping over to the Linky Party at the Dabbling Speechie!  What made you take the plunge?

 

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Maximum Fun with Minimal Pairs! (FREEBIE!)

FREEBIE Cover Maximum Fun

Using minimal pairs in artic therapy is a common evidence based approach.  Not only have I found it useful with speech production, but it’s been invaluable with those early school aged kiddos who start having difficulty with early reading writing skills due to their misarticulation.  (I find the biggest culprit for this is f/th confusion.  I’d love to hear your.)

So to address both of these tasks, I’ve been creating activities that allow us to listen, say and sort, plus reinforce sound/symbol associations.

Max fun flip book copy

Flip books:

Print the flip book, fold and cut on the dotted line to create two flaps.

Max fun pics copy

Give the child a set of pictures and have them either say the words or listen to your production and identify the initial sound.  Glue in place.  Send home to say and color for extra practice.

When possible, I created two sets of pics so you can use the activity twice.  Sound that did not easily allow for two sets of minimal pair words, contain one set of true minimal pairs and one set of words for sorting by initial sound.  (Pairs are deliberately not matched so the child can do the sorting.)

Max fun dauber sheet copy

Dauber pages:

These sheets contain six pictures with the initial phoneme choice below.  The student simply colors or uses a dauber to make the selection.  Again, pictures are selected so they can be used for additional color and say practice at home.

Minimal pairs include:  r/w, l/w, v/b, f/th, s/sh, ch/sh.

Pages print black and white except for the r/w pictures which include a red outlined circle.  You could easily print b&w and simply outline yourself if needed.  Check out the entire set here.

Pick up your FREEBIE for “s” and “t” here.

What minimal pair(s) do you end up addressing most often?

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