11 May 2022Resource
CPD can cover a wide range of activities: anything you do to learn or develop professionally can count towards your CPD, providing it enhances what you can offer to service users as part of your practice. In fact, you’re probably already doing more CPD than you realise!
We’ve put together a compilation of useful SLT resources which may aid you in your CPD goals. The list below covers podcasts, webinars, and books which could help your learning.
The Speech and Language Therapy Show with Shermeena Rabbi discusses a variety of topics related to speech and language therapy/pathology over 10 episodes. With interviews and dialogues with experts in the field, the topics covered relate to speech, language, communication, voice and swallowing difficulties.
The RCSLT runs a podcast series as a way to provide quick and accessible learning resources. Episodes cover a wide range of topics and with a variety of guest speakers and experts.
This podcast series opens up discussions around race, ethnicity and lived experiences of Speech and Language Therapists and students in the UK, exploring the perspectives of those from under-represented/misunderstood communities. (Note: Latest episode was August 2021, but there are still interesting earlier episodes to catch up on).
Emma Ferris, Lecturer and Academic Lead for SLT Practice Education at the University of East Anglia, hosts this podcast which explores the Speech and Language Therapy profession through conversations and reflections with guests. It’s designed for prospective and current SLT students, as well as NQPs and the wider profession. (Note: there is currently only one season available from summer 2021)
This episode of the AHP Leader podcast from April 2021 discusses the role of SLTs in the management of patients in the acute and long term phase of COVID-19. The panel looks at SLTs in the multi-disciplinary team, as well as personal experiences.
This US-based podcast looks at SLT resources for paediatric patients, with new episodes weekly.
The RCSLT runs a range of events for Speech and Language Therapists. Keep an eye on their Events page for upcoming events (such as 'Promoting communication in the early years CEN' in May 2022), or access past events and webinars here too. Webinar recordings from over six months ago can be found on the RCSLT's Youtube channel.
Even more RCSLT content! Catch up on any RCSLT webinars you may have missed, covering a wide range of CPD-beneficial topics.
The RCSLT share a webinar to explain more about the HCPC CPD audit process, including what happens if you’re selected for audit and what evidence the HCPC is looking for. You can learn about resources and help available to support you in gathering evidence, and hear from an SLT who has been audited.
The Magpie webinars are free monthly CPD for SLTs. Topics include “Supporting Autistic Adults”, “Supporting clients with selective mutism”, “Working in Prisons”, and “Embracing Vulnerability in Clinical Work and Leadership”, among others.
CityLit provides therapy classes and courses for people who stammer as well as training and professional development courses for SLTs. Check their website for upcoming courses - such as 'Acceptance and commitment therapy for speech and language therapists' and 'Effective counselling skills for SLTs'. There are courses available both online and in Covent Garden.
Some of the most recent publications in the field:
This book prepares SLTs and educators to support this growing dual-language population. It gives clear and comprehensive information that professionals need to promote positive outcomes for young dual language learners and make informed decisions about assessment and intervention when a disorder is present.
This essential book offers an accessible, evidence-based guide to Nonverbal Learning Disability informed by the most current research and clinical and educational practice. It describes the main characteristics of the condition from both theoretical and practical points of view and examines the similarities and differences between NVLD and other disorders.
Designed for the many professionals involved in encouraging language development, this book will enable them to get to grips with the practical issues of helping children with language difficulties. Dr Harris also describes different ways of encouraging language development and explains how teachers and therapists can overcome the special problems faced by children with particular difficulties, such as visual impairment, hearing impairment, general learning difficulties, and environmental deprivation.
This book consists of an easy-to-follow, 12-week programme designed to help children and young people understand their strengths, what makes them different, what DLD is, and how they can support their own communication in everyday life.
Treating older children and adolescents who have difficulty correctly producing /r/ sounds remains an ongoing source of frustration for many clinicians. This book provides the most up-to-date information on the current understanding of /r/ and the related errors, along with a range of treatment options, to offer a comprehensive tool for Speech-Language Pathologists treating this complex issue.
For readers looking to understand lexical access and word-finding difficulty (WFD), this book provides a comprehensive review of current research and clinical approaches to establish a holistic, interdisciplinary understanding of lexical access and retrieval difficulty across different communication disorders.
Please let us know on Twitter and we’ll update our list so everyone can benefit. If you've tried any of these resources, tell us how you found them - and remember to record and reflect on your CPD evidence too!
Please note that Julia is not affiliated with any external content nor is it endorsing any particular resources as successful CPD practice.
Article originally published 7th July 2021 but updated to include current resources.