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269 – Better Together: The SLP Council Initiative with Nikki Howell, CCC-SLP

269 – Better Together: The SLP Council Initiative with Nikki Howell, CCC-SLP

Have you ever gotten a MBSS report and felt like you needed to do another study just to get the information you need to actually know how to treat the patient? Many SLPs have faced this dilemma that is not only wildly frustrating, but delays care, increases costs, and exposes patients to more radiation… BUT my guest this week created a solution and is sharing the details on how you can do the exact same thing for your community!

In this episode of SYP, I have a conversation with Nikki Howell, CCC-SLP, about her experience in starting an MBSS Initiative that has transformed into a full-blown SLP Council for the SLPs in her area to collaborate! The project started as a way to improve the consistency of MBSS in the facilities in her area but has grown to be something MUCH greater that will have a long-lasting effect for patients and clinicians alike. Nikki is passionate about bettering our field, her education, and working together to improve patient care!

In this episode, you'll hear about:
*The beginning of the MBSS Initiative
*How it has now transformed into an SLP Council
*Goals of the council
*How did Nikki find herself in a position to start the initiative?
*Resilience tips for SLPs

Listen to the full episode here: https://syppodcast.com/269

267 – Pediatric TBI: Real-life Research – Jessica Salley Riccardi, PhD CCC-SLP

267 – Pediatric TBI: Real-life Research – Jessica Salley Riccardi, PhD CCC-SLP

If you got a consult for a pediatric TBI patient, would you expect them to be like any other peds patient? Or maybe like your adult TBI patients? Or… maybe you have no idea what to expect at all! There is little research to guide our practice with this unique population, but my guest this week is changing that!

In this episode of SYP, I have a conversation with Jessica Salley Riccardi, PhD, CCC-SLP, about her research in the pediatric TBI population. Jessica is the principal investigator of the BEaR Lab (Brain Injury, Education, and Rehabilitation) and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the questions they're seeking answers to, how this affects clinical practice, and how it might change policy in the future. She shares insightful info that SLPs can directly apply to their work today as well as considerations for the future work we have yet to do! Jessica has a deep passion and excitement for this population and shares her expertise in a way that is not only easy to understand, but that will also leave you excited to get back to your pediatric patients!

In this episode, you'll hear about:
-For SLPs, how is childhood brain injury different than adult brain injury?
-What are some of the greatest challenges in childhood brain injury for clinicians and researchers?
-How Jessica's research is contributing to SLP practice?
-How this research might contribute to policy for people with brain injury and the professionals serving them?
-Up-and-coming projects in the BEaR lab

Get your show notes at https://syppodcast.com/267


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