Social Media Taking SLP by Storm…

First off, HOW BOUT’ THEM DAWGS!! They pulled off a big win against South Carolina this weekend!

South Carolina Gamecocks Georgia Bulldogs

30 – 41

Final 

1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 3 21 0 6 30
Georgia 10 14 10 7 41

As for today’s blog post, I chose to explore social media and the benefits it offers SLPs .

Question: How does having a Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest benefit the quality of your therapy sessions.

Social media networks are often used to enhance professional knowledge. There are many advantages that SLP’s gain from using social media.  Some of these benefits include the ability to expand your professional learning networks, to comment and engage in online discussions with other SLP’s, educate themselves and fellow colleagues, inform parents, students, and clients about upcoming events and child’s progress, and lastly to promote their business.

Twitter:

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Twitter is the second most popular social media website. Twitter allows users to ‘tweet’ with a max of 140 characters at a time. SLP’s that use Twitter are able to engage in chats and discussions that are relevant to the Speech Pathology subject.

A great way to start a conversation or have a question answered by other SLP’s is to tweet it with a hashtag. Some of the most popular hashtags to follow and use are as follow:

  • #SLPeeps – SLP’s on Twitter, discussing SLP related information.
  • #SLPChat – A focused topic of discussion for a pre-determined time and date to join in
  • #AUDpeeps – AUD’s on Twitter, discussing AUD related information
  • #SLPbloggers  – SLP’s who blog and share blogging resources
  • #ASHA12 – The official hashtag of the ASHA 2012 Convention @ashaconv

An example is listed below:

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Facebook:

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Facebook is one of the more well known social media networks. It allows individuals to interact and create information in the form of posts. Users are also able to post links, videos, and photos. Creating your own Facebook page and joining/liking other pages SLP’s can share speech therapy related discussions, gain information, and network with other professionals.  One organization that a SLP should join is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  This Facebook page can be used to obtain new information, stay up to date on research and current events.  In addition to forming a network,  Facebook is also a great place to inform parents/clients of upcoming events, tips for practice at home, and also current events of SLP.

Pinterest:

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Pinterest is  a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pin-boards for inspiration,”re-pin” images to their own collections or ‘like’ photos. Pinterest is a great place to connect with other SLP’s and view activities that they have made/suggest.  If you are looking for a new articuation activity, just click on the search box and type ‘articulation therapy activities’ and then access the endless ideas of activities you can replicate.  You can also click on the pin and you will be taken to the original website, and from there view other activities made by the same people.  Pinterest is a great way to make boards of therapy ideas and helpful tips and tricks to use in your therapy sessions.

In conclusions, one can see the many benefits of Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for a SLP’s. It is imperative that SLPs understand and embrace the world of social media that is taking our profession by storm. Social media has become an invaluable resource for communicating with colleagues and staying on top of recent research and trends. Everyday there are SLPs sharing information, resources and supporting one another in their daily professional lives. The participants are located around the world, and are a fountain of information that anyone can tap into on a daily basis. So why sit back and ignore this wealth of knowledge?

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One thought on “Social Media Taking SLP by Storm…

  1. Great blog post! I use all 3 of these communication websites for both my personal life and my school life. I agree that you can learn a lot from experienced SLPs through these sites. You may want to include WordPress in this post (or any other blogging site). We can learn more from professionals by following their daily blogs with detailed accounts of their life than we can from a 140-character tweet.

    Sara

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