5 Online Businesses SLPs can Start Today

If you're an 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 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 in...

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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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They Can Request With AAC, Now What?!

So, your student, client, or child can request using augmentative alternative communication (AAC). Now What?! 

Let me give you some examples of requesting:

"I want a drink."

"Want."

"Me please."

"My turn."

"Get it."

There is SO much more than requesting that all humans should have access to. But, even if we know we want to add more communicative intent to our student/client/child's inventory, how do we facilitate that?

It's all in the modeling

It really is. We need to model (when we demonstrate and help a person use their AAC system) more types of sentences and communicative functions.

Here are the eight communicative functions listed in the Communication Intention Inventory (CII). They were considered to be representative of early intentional communication. These categories can be used to determine intervention goals (Austin, 2013):

1. Comment on action

2. Comment on object

3. Request for action

4. Request for object

5. Request for information

6. Answering a request for...

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