Here’s My Exact Guide to Selling Your Offer on Instagram

Let me guess- you’re consistently posting on Instagram (IG) and getting great responses, double taps (I love those little hearts!), comments, and engagement, but feeling like you’re spending all this time creating value only to have little to no sales for your online business. Believe me- I know because I’ve been there. But I’m not there anymore, and it’s because I’ve learned how to convert Instagram followers into paying customers. If you’re wanting to turn that IG engagement and following (whether it’s a 10k following or a 100 person following) into a monetization strategy, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn how to use Instagram to sell your offer and help your followers eagerly open their wallets without using paid ads.

 

The Basics

Engagement on the ‘gram

If you’re getting some great engagement on Instagram, congratulations! The hard part is over. Once you have a following who likes your...

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How My Shadow Work Turned Trauma Into Spiritual Gifts

Trigger warning:

*sexual assault

 

I was called to share with you a pivotal moment in my life that has shaped my spiritual journey and also has created healing in my life, which led to more spiritual gifts than I ever thought possible.

 

When I was 18 and in high school, I was at a house party and was sexually assaulted and raped. Despite this being a horrific event, I didn’t tell anyone. I went through cycles of knowing how terrible it was, and yet wondering why I didn’t do more to stop it. I ended up blaming myself for allowing myself to be subjected to something so terrible. It was out of this shame and embarrassment that kept me from telling anyone close to me. 

 

Once I got to college, I did end up telling a few close people, none of which knew exactly how to respond as they weren’t trained counselors. Again, I knew that event was impactful but I didn’t understand just how it affected me or what to do.

 

About 9 months ago, I was...

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How To Do Tele AAC

So here we are.

I am not a teletherapist- and you're probably not, either, since you're here, reading this blog article! As an SLP, I'm used to in-person sessions, with regular, old-fashioned toys and games. But, one of the many things that has changed since COVID-19 has struck, is that I am now providing services for my clients who use AAC (augmentative alternative communication) via teletherapy.

I wanted to share what I've learned so far, so you can avoid the headaches, mistakes, and save time in learning how to do teletherapy with your clients who use AAC.

1. Get a Document Camera

This is HUGE for me. I use my document camera I made out of an old webcam and mic stand to model on AAC devices/low-tech supports (i.e., my iPad with AAC apps and a core vocabulary board). This allows the client to see your device on their big screen, as opposed to you holding it up to the camera that views your face and modeling awkwardly next to your face. You can find document cameras on Amazon, but...

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5 Online Businesses SLPs can Start Today

If you're a Speech-Language Pathologist like myself, you've seen the accounts on social media that sell their products online or their services online.

I'm sure you've thought about what it would be like to have your own online business that could bring in some extra money each month.

In this article, we discuss 5 businesses that have the potential to bring you an income outside your 9-5 therapy gig.

Here are some possibilities:

1) Etsy Store

2) Teachers Pay Teachers

3) App development

4) Online courses

5) Telepractice

Etsy Store

There aren't too many SLPs doing Etsy stores, at this time. There is a lot of opportunity to create cute mugs, t-shirts, lanyards, jewelry, and other speechie-themed products. Aside from physical products, you could also create a digital product, which would mean 0 inventory! Digital products could include a picture, poster, visual supports for clients/patients, and planners. Check out Etsy.com to do some searching for yourself to see what products are sold...

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We're Just Like Everyone Else: Family Members and AAC Users Speak Up About What They Need You to Know

A Gap Between EBP and Reality

In today's clinical realm, I know that it's easy (and even common!) to "miss the mark" when it comes to providing services to our clients who need AAC (augmentative alternative communication). Light and McNaughton (2012) stated there's a gap in what we know about AAC interventions and what currently happens in the everyday lives of adults and children who use AAC. They suggested increasing public awareness and decreasing attitudinal barriers as ways we can help people who use AAC. That's why I wanted to reach out to people who use AAC and family members of young AAC users to find out what we could do as clinicians and allies to better support them. 

“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” 
– Atticus Finch in To...

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AAC Assessment

Assessments + AAC

I first learned AAC assessments my second year of graduate school. I was a part of the AAC evaluation team, which gave me many insights into how AAC assessments or evaluations are conducted. 

Over time, my knowledge and insights into AAC assessment have grown and evolved. I am sharing my most recent recommendations and insights on AAC assessment with you, so that you can also confidently select an AAC system that has a high chance of being a successful communication method for your clients with complex communication needs.

Know the History

A good way to start any AAC assessment is to get a history or background of your client. You will want to know what communication systems were used in the past and why the client or team thinks the system is not sufficient.

Note any high-tech, mid-tech, or low-tech devices, and no-tech systems used (e.g., writing, sign language, etc.).

Ask the family/caregivers about the client’s medical history, any diagnoses...

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My Kid is Nonverbal- What are My Options?

People often ask me what I do, and who I am!

 

Let me do a quick intro of myself. I’m Kacy Barron, a speech-language pathologist (SLP), which is our title but we are often referred to as speech therapists! We have that longer title because we actually do WAY more than just speech therapy.

 

Some things we do that are not just speech: expressive and receptive language, swallowing, feeding, cognitive communication, social skills, augmentative and alternative communication, voice, oral motor disorders, and more!

 

You can see that we have a pretty broad field! Which is why many of us SLPs specialize in an area or two. 

 

My specialty is in augmentative and alternative communication, or AAC.

 

Let me break that down for you! 

 

Augmentative = Supports verbal speech

 

Alternative = In place of verbal speech

 

Communication = Any form of expressing yourself

 

This article is written to help you understand how AAC can relate to...

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Top Tips for SLPs New to AAC: Advice from 18 AAC SLPs

I have a special treat for everyone today! I asked AAC SLP’s and AAC SLP’s-to-be their top tips for other SLP’s starting to use AAC. I can’t wait to share with you their #1 tips so you can start implementing their advice TODAY. I was so thrilled with the responses I received, and I really think these top tips can take your therapy to the next level. So, get ready to be inspired and for your AAC to-do list to grow as you read through these top tips from speech-language pathologists as they learned how to do AAC!

Get comfortable with the system outside the therapy room

Karen Fahey of @speechievibes responded with the following advice:

Take the time outside of therapy to play around and get to know whatever system you will be using. Try making a system that would work for your communicative needs! It’s fun, helps you become more comfortable navigating the program, and increases your empathy for and understanding of the experience of the user.

I love...

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LAMP Words For Life vs. Speak For Yourself

 

Many people want to know more about the differences of the LAMP Words For Life app and the Speak For Yourself (SfY) app. Both are AAC applications for iOS that are compatible with iPads. Speak For Yourself (SfY) is also compatible with the iPod/iPhone, which LAMP is not. LAMP is compatible with the Accent products from Prentke Romich Company as well as other dedicated devices (e.g., Talk to Me Technologies) and can be downloaded on their software. These apps essentially turn your iPad into a speech generating device (SGD). It does not alter the software of the iPad- but when downloading these applications you should know that this device is now used for speaking. Many of issues arise when you try to mix entertainment with speaking/communication, but more about that later.

LAMP and SfY are both based on the principals of motor planning. This makes for a strong case when introducing this app to children or adults. I often compare motor planning to how we learn how to...

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I Want an SGD but How Do I Get It?: Funding an AAC Device

Funding devices can be the most intimidating piece of the AAC process. Well, maybe not for everyone, but for me it was a huge obstacle! I see posts on Facebook all the time asking how to get a device, where to get one, how to fund one… And the truth is, it is dependent on your insurance, your location, your available resources, and maybe even your school (if the individual needing AAC is currently attending school).

Here is what I have learned from funding devices this year:

  1. Devices are expensive. If you don’t know this already, the “dedicated” devices can be upward of 5k. Yes, $5,000. Some people can pay out of pocket for these. Some cannot. I don’t know many people that can say they have $5,000 lying around that they won’t miss. So, paying out of pocket for a device is usually out of the question.
  2. Medicaid can be a Godsend. Medicaid will fund SGDs with the proper paperwork in many cases. What medicaid decides to fund and decides to deny is...
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