Therapy Ideas

Speech and Language Facebook Groups

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If you aren’t familiar with Facebook groups, you might be wondering what they are, how people use them, and why you should join! Well read on my friends, and discover one of the BEST ways to collaborate with SLPs around the world!

1) What is a Facebook group?

According to Facebook, groups are “for members of groups to connect, share and even collaborate on a given topic or idea”. Basically, you find a group that discusses topics you are interested in, request to join, get approved, and start participating (or just creeping & reading posts).

2) How are they used?

Each group is used differently. Typically, SLP groups are places for SLPs to ask questions, share stories, get advice, and connect with other SLPs. Each group kind of has it’s own vibe, niche, and specialty so it’s important to find the group that’s right for you! Some groups are primarily for sharing optimistic stories about being an SLP, some groups are for SLPs working in a specific work settings, and other groups are used primarily for asking questions and getting answers from other SLPs.

3) Why should I join one?

You should join one because it will make you a better SLP!! I love how much these groups are used. They aren’t some quiet forum. Questions are asked EVERY HOUR and most questions get many, many responses. I love the emphasis on evidence-based practice – making sure every SLP in the group is aware of great speech therapy methods and ideas. You will learn, laugh, empathize, and get answers to your burning/tricky SLP questions! To be honest, I’ve never even asked a question and I’ve still learned so, so much. I love that it’s in my Facebook feed so I just read a question, see the responses if I’m interested, and keep scrolling to see news from my family and friends. I don’t even have to click to another site or remember to check something else! It’s all in one place!

4) Okay I’m convinced. What SLP groups are out there?

So.many. I’ve tried to link to all of the ones I’m aware of below, but if I missed any great ones, please let me know in the comments so I can get it added!! The trickiest part about Facebook groups is they can be difficult to find/search for.

School-Based Speech and Language Therapy – Great for those of you who work in the schools. Typically used to ask/answer questions and discuss issues related to working in a school.

Speech Pathologists at Large – A group for any SLP in any setting!

Pediatric Medical SLPs – A group for SLPs working in the medical setting such as hospitals or rehab centers!

Speech Therapy Ideas – In general, I’ve found this idea to be less active than the others, but is still a good place to gets ideas for therapy.

Adult Rehab Speech Therapy – Do you work with adults in a rehab setting? This group is for you!

Medical SLPs Forum – Intended for any SLP working in a medical setting.

Bilingual Speech Language Pathologists – A great place for bilingual SLPs to collaborate!

Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathologists and Early Intervention SLPs Birth to 3 – Both great groups for those of you working with the early intervention population!

School SLP Jubilee – One of my favorite groups! It’s simply a place to share the awesomeness that is being an SLP. Some of the other groups get bogged down with venting. This one is positive stories only – something we all could use!

SLP Bloggers & SLP TPT Sellers – Do you blog and/or sell on Teachers Pay Teachers? You need to be in this group. Great collaboration! You do need an invite for this group so let me know if you have a blog or store and are not part of the group!

AAC Alternative Awesome Communicators – A group for both AAC users and the wonderful people who work with AAC users, including SLPs!

Did you just get carried away and request to join several groups? Awesome, but here’s a little hint. Your newsfeed is about to explode with SLP greatness. If you feel overwhelmed but don’t want to leave the group, you should know how to stop notifications! Check out the picture below:

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The picture above is from the School-Based group. In the middle of the picture on the right side, you’ll see a bar. On the right it says “Notifications”. Mine has a blue check meaning some sort of notifications are on. Click on that button and you can change the settings for notifications from everyone, your friends, or none at all.

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Turn it off if you don’t want to see things popping up from this group. You’ll need to do this for each group individually but it does help clean out your newsfeed if you feel overwhelmed but still want to check in from time to time.

So there you have it! Any groups I missed?

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20 Comment

  1. Reply
    Nicole Allison
    October 27, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    Great post! It’s so nice to have all of these in one spot. Thanks Shannon!

  2. Reply
    Maryann Potts
    October 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Thanks Shannon, Great job describing the Facebook Groups. I learn so much by participating in several of these. There are a couple more that I follow that other SLPs might be interested in joining.
    SLPeeps
    SLPs Talk Apps
    Lynda’s Frapps
    Dysphagia Therapy
    Dysphagia Therapy-Professional Edition

    1. Reply
      Shannon
      October 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      You are amazing!!! Thanks for listing all of those groups! I’ll definitely be checking them out!

      1. Reply
        Maryann Potts
        October 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        You did all the hard work. I think what you do is Amazing! 🙂 I just love the generous, sharing in the online forums. It’s so much fun to see what other SLPs are doing and to add to our ‘bag of tricks’!

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    Hillary Betzen
    October 28, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    I love facebook sites! Belonging to the School-based Speech and Language Therapy helped me so much during my CFY 🙂 Could I get an invite to the one for bloggers and TPT sellers? I have a site that I blog at http://www.thespeecheasy.wordpress.com. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Reply
      Shannon
      October 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Email me at speechymusings@gmail.com! I’d love to invite you!

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    Beth
    October 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Hi, I’m an SLPA working in the school system with elementary students. Do you know of any SLPA groups that currently post to Facebook? Thank you!

    1. Reply
      Shannon
      October 28, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      I do not! Maybe somebody will post with one!!

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    Devorah
    October 29, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    SLPs in private practice
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/114539218672579/?fref=nf

    is another facebook group

    Can i be invited to the page for bloggers and TPT sellers? I blog on my site socialscene.org

    Thanks!

    1. Reply
      Shannon
      October 29, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Email me at speechymusings@gmail.com 🙂

  6. Reply
    Janet
    October 29, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    SLPeeps-High School is a closed group (for SLPs only) and focuses on serving the Middle and High School population. Come join us!!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/SLPeepsHighSchool/

  7. Reply
    Jessica Finch
    October 30, 2014 at 6:00 AM

    Would you please invite me to the SLP Bloggers and TPT Sellers group? I have a store. Thank you so much for all of your helpful information!

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      Shannon
      November 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Email me!

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    Allison
    October 30, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Thanks for the list. I didn’t know about several of those. Can I be invited to the Blogger TpT group?

    I am just now growing my blog at homemadespeech.com and would love to network!

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      Shannon
      November 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Email me at speechymusings@gmail.com 🙂

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    Cindy Howlett
    November 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    so glad you posted this information, I’m an oldie who graduated in the eighties and had no other folks to collaborate with… was the only slp for the district with a caseload of 120….6 schools… horror story! love the games ,activities, and general knowledge that is shared. keep up the great work:)

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      Shannon
      November 2, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Thank you so much!

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    Speech Language Pathologist Shirt
    November 15, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    Thank you so much!

  11. Reply
    Speechercize and Gluten Free
    November 21, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    I would love an invite to the blogger and TPT sellers group please, I have both.

  12. Reply
    made2craft
    May 26, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Thank you!! I couldn’t find these on my own, so I’m so happy you posted these groups all in one spot!

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