Welcome to the Trenches!

At Teaching form the Trenches, we offer a unique way for rehab and education professionals to obtain continuing ed on the topics they need to be awesome at their jobs. By harnessing the power of popular social media platforms and user driven content, we offer practical solutions to everyday problems, brought to you by people who actually do your job. Our mission is to ensure quality service delivery in rehab and education by helping you tackle your work with efficiency, creativity, and efficacy, in the time frame of a lunch break, and on a shoestring budget. Out multimedia teaching focus will link you to the content you need in a manner that suits your learning style and schedule. Our practical perspective will ensure that you not only link up to the most pin-worthy materials colleagues are raving about, but also learn the how to and why than ensure best practice for you and solid progress for those you serve.

As a new speech therapist (back in the oldish days) “in the trenches”, I remember early on in my career desperately seeking the professional development I needed to serve that new kid emerging on my busy caseload on Monday! I often found myself, a rogue fellow, doing my best to navigate these new waters with nothing more than my MS and a few clinical internships-worth of on-the-job experience. Like you, I was scouring the internet on my lunch break to find some sort of guidance for those tough cases waiting in the lobby. I attended as many conferences and full day trainings as I could, but often felt that many led with research and lacked practical applications that I could take with me to my next tricky session. Doing my job has certainly gotten easier with more experience, but I never stop encountering kids who need me to bring more to the table and my desire to keep learning and growing as a professional is going strong!

I founded Teaching form the Trenches upon these roots: recognition of the ongoing learning needs of professionals in the rehab and education fields, first-hand knowledge of the time and financial constraints of staying up-to-speed on best practice and practical applications, realization of the benefits of positive peer-to-peer professional development and mentorship opportunities, and a life-long commitment to learning and providing awesome service to those who need it.

Maybe you are a new SLP or educator just like I was, looking for a way to not just survive your work day, but thrive in it. Or maybe you’re a graduate student trying to wrap your mind around this whole therapy/teaching thing and you need a bit more practical guidance. Or maybe you’re a parent trying your best every day to do your best for your kids, every day. Whoever you are and whatever it is, this good work you do, I hope you will find what you need here.

What topics would you like to see tackled by Teaching from the Trenches? Post your ideas in the comments and if you’d like to be a contributor, let us know!

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