How SLPs can use their expertise not only in the field to serve patients but also to create training programs and engaging podcasts to support peer education and camaraderie.
“…I was facing burnout, right out of the gate. Like my first two years, thinking, how can I exit this field? And I was like, oh, gosh, Leigh Ann, you just started. But I wasn't feeling fulfilled. And that had many facets to it...but one of them was managing stress. So if I had the tools to manage my stress in different areas of my life, including my SLP stress, I think that would have brought a lot more clarity and peace and have and allowed me to focus more on learning the tools and just being a lot more calmer those first couple years.” -Leigh Ann Porter
Leigh Ann Porter, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Uncensored Podcast
Leigh Ann is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she earned her master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During the master's program, Leigh Ann was part of a grant to prepare SLPs to work with English Language Learners, earning a graduate certificate of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago (Wellington Medical campus) in 2007.
Leigh Ann now resides in Kansas City where she divides her time working across outpatient, acute, and inpatient rehab settings. She has presented for ASHA CEUs to regional Speech & Language Pathologists (SLPs) on topics such as how the respiratory system and cough influence dysphagia, a review of the literature on dysphagia exercises, and generating measurable dysphagia goals. For multidisciplinary continuing education with PTs and OTs, Leigh Ann has presented on topics such as Cognitive Retraining with an emphasis on memory strategies, stress management for the rehab therapist, and the SLP’s scope of practice & making appropriate patient referrals to the SLP.
As host of the Speech Uncensored Podcast, Leigh Ann enjoys interviewing colleagues to highlight the diversity in our field and share resources. The Speech Uncensored Podcast was born out of a desire to learn more and share that information. As a lifelong learner, Leigh Ann is passionate about disseminating useful resources and equipping SLPs to provide the highest quality of care. The scope of practice for SLPs is wide, varied, and nuanced. When given the right tools, we can confidently provide quality services to our patients.
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