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30 Gifts for Speech-Language Pathologists

Do you have a special speech-language pathologist in your life? Here is SLP Insight's 2017 Gift Giving Guide. This list is particularly for SLPs who work with adults in rehabilitation settings.

1. A subscription to Therapy Fix— $20/month. Use code BOLUS to get 50% off your first month.

Therapy FIx a monthly fix of cognitive, language, and dysphagia therapy materials as well as other goodies including handouts for patients, book reviews, stickers, mindfulness exercises, and more. You'll make your SLP's life much easier in 2018 by gifting them a monthly re-supply packed with creative, engaging, ready-to-use therapy materials, delivered right to their mailbox.

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2. Wood clipboard— $28

These unique clipboards are made of poplar, maple, mahogany, walnut, cherry, cumaru, pine, oak, reclaimed wood, rustic wood, wormy chestnut, spalted maple. SLPs are notorious for carrying around clipboards. Why not have one that's unique and special from Green Mountain, North Carolina?

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3. Field Notes Subscription—$97

SLPs take lots of notes all day long. These notebooks are hand-crafted in the USA and are delivered in different styles throughout the year.

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4. Books by Lisa Genova — $12-17

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in biopsychology and holds a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard University. She travels worldwide speaking about the neurological diseases she writes about.

Her first novel was Still Alice (2007), about a woman who suffers early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Left Neglected (2011) tells the story of a woman who suffers from left neglect (also called hemispatial or unilateral neglect), caused by a traumatic brain injury.

Love Anthony was her third New York Times bestseller; the main character is Anthony, a nonverbal boy with autism. this story goes inside the mind of autism and how he affects two women.

Inside the O'Briens focuses on members of the O'Brien family, several of whom have inherited Huntington's Disease, and how the disease affects their lives and relationships.

Every Note Played (March 2018) tells the story of Richard, an accomplished concert pianist who is diagnosed with ALS.

5. Aphasia the Movie — $53.99

"Aphasia" is the true story of Carl McIntyre who, after suffering a massive stroke and losing his ability to read, write and talk, struggles against overwhelming odds to redefine his life. Carl McIntyre stars as himself and gives a compelling and nuanced performance in this life-affirming film which puts the audience in the seat of the stroke and provides an emotional and humorous ride as Carl navigates the waters of his new normal.

The SLP in your life will love you for gifting them this tool that they can use in aphasia support groups and with individual clients. It's a powerful reminder that approximately 2 million people have aphasia and that they are not alone in this very isolating experience.

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6. Notebook for people with aphasia— $12

A great addition to any SLP's therapy collection if they work with people who have aphasia.

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7. Ask Me About Aphasia tshirt — $17.99

I bet you know more about aphasia than anyone else you know. That's because SLPs love to raise awareness about aphasia and this gift will perfectly fit their passion for this subject.

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8. After a Stroke: 500 Tips for Living Well— $15.38

This book is packed with practical tips for survivors of strokes- an excellent resource for all SLPs and their patients.

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9. Registration to 2018 Brain Injury Summit hosted by Craig Rehabilitation Hospital— $625

Taking place in Vail, CO on January 7-10, 2018, this summit is a multidisciplinary state-of-the-art continuing education experience with an emphasis on the latest updates to evidence-based treatment guidelines in the field of brain injury neurorehabilitation. The 2018 Summit conference is designed for professionals committed to enhancing the lives of children and adults with brain injury and their families. Participants will have opportunities to network with professionals from a wide range of disciplines, gain tools that can be immediately implemented into practice, and enjoy the many winter activities that Vail has to offer. So.... if you get this for your SLP, that pretty much guarantees you an awesome ski opportunity this year.

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10. Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember—$12.99

A fantastic read for any SLP who works with people who have survived strokes.

A memoir of reinvention after a stroke at age thirty-three.

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee woke up with a headache on the morning of December 31, 2006. By that afternoon, she saw the world—quite literally—upside down. By New Year’s Day, she was unable to form a coherent sentence. And after hours in the ER, days in the hospital, and multiple questions and tests, her doctors informed her that she had had a stroke.

For months afterward, Lee outsourced her memories to a journal, taking diligent notes to compensate for the thoughts she could no longer hold on to. It is from these notes that she has constructed this frank and compelling memoir.

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11. Awesome pens— $14.89

Show me an SLP who doesn't love awesome pens. I dare you.

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12. SLP Notebook— $12

Again, SLPs love pens and write notes all day long. If you get an SLP some awesome pens, they'll want an awesome notebook to go with it.

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13. Pharynx and Larynx Poster— $82.99

This anatomical poster of the pharynx and larynx is the perfect addition to any SLP's clinic room.

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14. SLP Tote Bag— $20

As mentioned before, SLPs love tote bags and anything else organizational. This tote bag comes in small (13×13 inches), medium (16×16 inches), and large (18×18 inches) and can hold books, paper, pens, assessments, flashlights, tongue depressors, lemon glycerine, and anything else they might wish they had on a moment’s notice. The design features classic head/neck anatomy as well as written definition of dysphagia.

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15. Brain Injury Survival Kit: 365 Tips, Tools & Tricks to Deal with Cognitive Function Loss— $13.89

A valuable resource for any SLP working with people who have survived brain injuries. This book is a compendium of tips, techniques, and life-task shortcuts that author Cheryle Sullivan has compiled from her personal experience

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16. SLP Tshirt— $29.50

A simplified graphic representing scope of practice of speech language pathologists with a retro flair.

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17. Workbook for Cognitive Skills— $85

Clinicians who work with patients with aphasia, cognitive impairments, or word/memory loss will be grateful for the new edition of this popular workbook. The rich variety of activities for word retrieval and problem solving in the Workbook for Cognitive Skills has made it a favorite of clinicians over the past twenty years. The second edition of the "red book" builds on the original by adding 70 pages of entirely new exercises and 1,000 rewritten questions.

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18. Pen flashlight— $17.99

SLPs spend a lot of time peering into people's mouths to see what might be wrong in the oral cavity that prevents the person from swallowing safely. This pen light fits neatly into a pocket (or pencil case- see gift #22), making it easy to access during dysphagia evals.

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19. Annual membership to speechpathology.com— $99

To meet the standards of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, all SLPs must accumulate 30 Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs) of professional development during each 3-year certification maintenance interval in order to maintain their ASHA Certificates of Clinical Competence (CCC). This can be super expensive. Speechpathology.com offers a wide range of online continuing education courses, all with unlimited access for an entire year for $99.

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20. Cognitive-Communication Therapy Mug— $16

This mug is designed for SLPs who spend time evaluating and treating cognitive-communication impairments.

Therapists who target cognitive-communication goals face a daily balance of broaching difficult conversations, asking people to do challenging things that are out of their comfort zone, and creating a clear and functional pathway to regaining independence that was once lost.

It’s a tough proposition for both the therapist and the patient, leading to a paradoxical journey of frustration and enlightenment.

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21. A classy deck of cards— $9.95

A deck of cards + a creative SLP can equal tons of great cognitive therapy tasks that help address attention, sequencing, and verbal organization. (I bet your SLP knows more card games than anyone else you know).

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22. SLP Pencil Case— $18

SLPs have lots of bits and pieces to carry around (see gifts #11 and #18). This is why they love tote bags and stuff like that. Really, any kind of organizational tool would make their day (for real).

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23. Clock Drawing: A Neuropsychological Analysis— $62.00

Your lovely SLP gives lots of clock drawing tests in order to understand individual cognitive impairments. Written by a multidisciplinary team of experts in neurobehavior, this concise, well-illustrated book provides normative data on clock drawing from ages 20 to 90 years. A practical guide to the quantitative assessment of clock drawing, it also takes a process-oriented approach to qualitative impairment. The authors discuss clock drawing as a neuropsychological test instrument and the rationale for selecting specific time settings, as well as the basis for using different clock conditions. The book contains numerous examples of clocks drawn by patients with cognitive impairment due to dementia, metabolic encephalopathy, traumatic brain injury, disconnection syndrome and focal brain lesions. Insight into changes in clock drawing ability that may represent the earliest markers of cognitive decline in dementia are also presented. This volume will be of interest to clinicians and researchers in neuropsychology, neurology, psychiatry, geriatric medicine, language therapy, and occupational therapy.

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24. A donation to operation smile in their name— $240 for a complete cleft palate surgery

If your SLP works with people who have cleft palates, the work of Operation Smile will be near and dear to their hearts.

As of March, 2013, Operation Smile had provided according to its own accounting more than 3.5 million comprehensive patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities.

In addition to providing cleft lip and palate repair surgeries to children worldwide, Operation Smile works as a non-governmental organization to reduce the occurrence of cleft lips and palates worldwide; develops ambassadorships to raise awareness of cleft issues; sponsors a World Care Program for international cases requiring special care; organizes chapters and foundations worldwide to assist countries in reaching self-sufficiency with cleft surgeries; hosts the U.S. Care Network to assist families in the U.S. with cleft issues; develops and administers worldwide education programs related to cleft issues; and organizes student leadership programs.

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25. SLP Notebook— $12

Tuck your schedule in it. Scribble your to do list in it. Point to the epiglottis as you explain the structure and anatomy of the swallow while you complete a dysphagia therapy session. The cover features classic head and neck anatomy and lists the three areas of SLP specialty: Cognition, Language, Swallow.

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26. Annual subscription to The Journal of Communication Disorders— $219

The Journal of Communication Disorders publishes original articles on topics related to disorders of speech, language and hearing.

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27. The Human Brain Coloring Book— $13.97

For the SLP in your life who loves neuroanatomy.

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28. Bluetooth Speakers— $29.99

Here's the thing about being an SLP: it's likely that we travel to multiple places and work wherever we can. When we need to have audio, whether it's for a patient education video, or maybe some music to turn on while we bust through paperwork, or turning up the volume on a speech app for someone who has hearing loss.... we need portable amplification.

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29. SLP Phone Case— $25

This slim fitting phone case for speech language pathologists features classic anatomy of the head and neck and three key areas of speech and language practice: Cognition, Language, Swallow.

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30. What is an SLP? Poster— $17+

Speech language pathology encompasses a broad range. From helping someone re-learn to speak after a stroke to stimulating swallow muscles to teaching strategies to manage stuttering, everything we do comes back to one core principle: To maximize effectiveness, efficiency, and naturalness of communication. This poster features an intricate word cloud that contains some (but certainly not all) of the key words that may be found in your grad school textbooks.

Speech language pathology is a fabulous field, full of both science and creativity. We get to work with amazing people who work incredibly hard to achieve their speech and language goals. This graphic is one representation of the diverse scope of practice that we all love.

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