About Me

I'm  Bridget!

I am a licensed, ASHA-certified, speech-language pathologist who has been practicing since 2006. I love my field and am passionate about offering my knowledge and expertise to help make the lives of my fellow SLPs a little bit easier.

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science and a minor in Spanish. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master’s in Communicative Disorders. I have extensive experience working with children and adults with articulation, phonological, motor speech disorders, and language learning disorders.

What is this membership all about?

Welcome to Speech Therapy Talk Membership. I am so glad you are here!

You might be thinking... what is this site all about? Well, let me give you the long version :).

This questions hasn’t been the easiest question to answer. I started my first site, Speech Therapy Talk, in 2014 on sort of a whim.I had just moved and started my sixth speech therapy job and had a newborn baby. So why not start a website too, right? I know, crazy!

The truth was, I had worked with almost every population possible and was starting to notice a stark and disappointing theme. No matter where I was working, there seemed to be a large disconnect between therapy and real life. This was true for outpatient therapy, inpatient rehab, school therapy, and long-term rehab. In private practice, I was able to connect with families daily, which did help a lot, but still, the family education and empowerment thing was lacking.

So, I started Speech Therapy Talk to create resources for parents. Done.

Well, not really. Not by a long shot!

Creating a website is time-consuming and overwhelming. At the same time, I was growing my adorable and energetic family. Things were and still are crazy.

I worked on the website as I could, but it was spotty at best. I REALLY wanted to share with the world ALL THINGS SPEECH THERAPY. I am a speech pathologist after all, and this is my skill to give back. However, all things speech therapy is quite broad, and I was stressed that I wasn’t doing it justice. I was tired, burnt out, and a bit lost.

I always wanted to do more, share more, write more, answer all emails, care for my children, start my private practice, and have a life. It was too much!

So, I took an extended break to reflect on what I was trying to achieve and to grow my private practice. This was an important reflection as working on this site is taking time away from my kids, from spending time with friends, from reading fiction books, from biking, from life!

What I realized during my reflection:

  • Most of my website visitors were speech pathologists.
  • My email readers were busy, stressed, and needed a break!
  • People felt overwhelmed.

Coincidentally, at the same time, the pandemic hit!

  • People were even more stressed, scared, and switching to teletherapy (including me!).

Speech Therapy Talk Membership Was Born

On my original site, Speech Therapy Talk, I had a password-protected section where I posted all the materials that I made for myself. I needed an easy way to access my materials quickly. I didn't have time to search through shelves, folders, or my computer, so I started putting them on my site. I could find them in seconds.

During the pandemic, I offered my website visitors access to those materials for a fee, and the membership and my material library grew quickly. As materials reached the thousands, we moved to Speech Therapy Talk Membership. Now, our library has reached 4,000 materials and continues to grow each week!

I realized that many other SLPs out there also prefer the ease of never prepping again, being able to create sessions in real time, and having access to thousands of worksheets, cue cards, and education that can be sent home to parents with just three clicks.

Life can and should be simpler 🙂.

What You Won't Find Here

So, if you are still reading this rambling page... thanks! I appreciate that!

There are many websites out there created by WONDERFUL and TALENTED speech-language pathologists who make amazing and elaborate materials. That is not me. I don't prep.

For me, these activities tend to be short and disconnected. This translates into a lot of time wasted on prepping sessions (aka, less time for my kids and hobbies) for only 5-10 minute activities!

What You Will Find Here

For those who know me, I am practical. I am a minimalist. I don't like to complicate things. I am mindful of my energy and time.

I walk into a therapy session with my client's goals and learning styles in mind and a general idea of where we need to go according to my therapy plan. I use whatever materials interest my clients that day and quickly adapt them to achieve our underlying goal. To do this with ease, I depend on Speech Therapy Talk Membership!

You Will Find:

  • Functional, engaging, and adaptable materials that are paired with home practice ideas/worksheets.
  • Easily accessible materials that you can quickly access in just a few clicks.
  • Weekly, research-based blog posts about any new materials and how to best use them.
  • New materials every week!

I Promise To:

  • Stick to the research: All of us professionals and parents must get back to the research. The internet has been amazing for countless things, but it also has opened the door for people to scam consumers with outrageous claims on products that are not research-based. These products are usually expensive and don't deliver on their promises. You can rest assured that anything I suggest here or talk about is research-based, and I am constantly reading up on the research and reflecting on my own practices to make sure that I stay on track.
  • Have grammar mistakes: I make a TON of grammar mistakes. It is horrible. In my defense, I am typing this with a squirmy toddler on my lap 🙂 In all honesty, I am working on this. Grammar is not my friend when typing. But don't worry, I can always find other people's grammar mistakes, just not my own 🙁
  • Answer all emails and comments when possible. Life is good but life is busy. If I don’t respond to a message, it doesn’t mean that I have forgotten about you. I want to take time to personally think about and respond purposefully (quite the theme here).
  • Admit when I am wrong. I make mistakes. Research changes. It happens. If I made a mistake, I will admit it and change it! If you catch a mistake, LET ME KNOW! I will forever be in your debt. Life is nothing but a long learning process.
  • Create functional materials: All the materials that I have made or will make will be functional! They will be focused on home practice as well!
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