About this author:

Sandra Alexander

Sandra Alexander has over 20 years of experience in the speech therapy field. In 1994, she received her Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University and in 1985 she received a B.A. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Redlands. She is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who taught speech therapy in Ecuador from 1987-1989.

How to Handle Conflict in Speech Therapy

February 11th, 2015 by

Therapist and Patient When you work with people, conflict is bound to happen.  The dictionary defines conflict as, “A serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one” or “To be incompatible or at variance; clash.” [...] Read More

Speech Therapy: What Makes a Good Assessment?

January 28th, 2015 by

Speech Therapy SessionLike a car mechanic, we need to get under the hood to see how our patients “work”  in their communication engine so that we can best help improve their speech and language skills.  There are many standardized tests. [...] Read More

Dealing with Productivity Expectations vs. Quality Therapy

December 10th, 2014 by

high quality speech therapyIn a perfect world, quality and productivity would complement each other no matter what treatment setting we are in.  As speech therapists, we want to provide the best therapy we can.  Naturally thinking, “that’s productive, right?” [...] Read More

The Brain of an Speech Language Pathologist

October 7th, 2014 by

the brain of an slpHave you ever wondered what the brain of a speech language pathologist is like?  Well 20 years has shown me that we need to use all of our mental resources. [...] Read More

Top 5 Job Stressors I Can Avoid (but Usually Don’t)

September 23rd, 2014 by

Stressed Out Speech TherapistEvery speech therapy setting has its unique stressors plus there are common stressors to the profession.  When you’re becoming a practicing SLP it can be stressful, but wait until you encounter the “real world.” That’s a whole new ball game. [...] Read More

4 Essential Things to Consider When Doing Documentation

September 16th, 2014 by

documentation with a speech therapistWhile I love doing Speech Therapy, there is an essential part of the job that I need to continually hone my skills in: documentation. [...] Read More

The Hidden Job Behind Speech Therapy

September 9th, 2014 by

speech therapy session with patientOver the years I have learned that no matter where you practice, there is a need to collaborate, educate, and be educated by and with other professionals in the field of speech therapy. [...] Read More

How to Become A Speech Language Pathologist in 5 Steps

August 12th, 2014 by

how to become an slpBeing a speech language pathologist is not just a job, it’s a calling.  You will have to invest time and money and you will need patience and determination to complete the program. [...] Read More

5 Strategies Speech Therapists Can Use to Support Expressive Language Development in Children

August 7th, 2014 by

Speech Therapist with KidNormal language acquisition appears effortless (when everything is in good working order and development is ticking along). [...] Read More

Adult Rehabilitation: How Working with Adults Enriches the Therapist

August 5th, 2014 by

Speech therapist with patientIn order to become a Speech Therapist, you go to school for a long time. And after you’ve graduated, you tend to think “I’ve arrived!” Of course after the first week at your first job you find out you are just beginning. [...] Read More