May 16, 2024

Free Professional Development for SLPs and Paraprofessionals

As the school year draws to a close, summer awaits as a well deserved respite for those who work tirelessly in educational settings. For paraprofessionals and speech-language pathologists (SLPs), this break not only offers a chance to recharge but also an opportunity to invest in personal and professional growth. Fortunately there exists a wealth of free resources tailored specifically for these invaluable members of school support staff. In this blog post, we’ll delve into some of the top free professional development opportunities, empowering paraprofessionals and SLPs to make the most of their summer break.

Professional Development for Speech-Language Pathologists

●      SpeechPathology.com offers a variety of continuing education courses for SLPs. Use code ‘onefreecourse’ to access one course on the website for free!

●      The ASHA website provides access to a variety of professional development opportunities specifically tailored for SLPs. In addition to this, ASHA offers client and patient brochures as a resource for SLPs.

●      Platforms like Coursera offer free online courses relevant to speech-language pathology. These courses cover areas such as phonological disorders, swallowing disorders, early intervention, and voice therapy.

●      Talk Tools website offers many free resources tailored to SLPs. With a library of free webinars, downloadable resources and publications, SLPs are sure to find something to meet their

Professional Development for Paraprofessionals

●      EdWeb provides access to relevant professional development opportunities for paraprofessionals. Their free webinars cover relevant topics for paraprofessionals including behavior management, instructional support, and working with students with special needs.

●      The online platform Udemy offers courses that cover fundamental concepts and practical strategies for paraprofessionals working in educational settings. Paraprofessionals can search for courses to enhance knowledge in classroom assistance, differentiation, and supporting diverse learners

●      The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) website offers professional development opportunities including courses and webinars, that are tailored for individuals working with children with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

●      Joining professional learning communities and online forums allows paraprofessionals to connect with peers, share experiences, and access resources to support their professional growth. Platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn host groups specifically for paraprofessionals, where they can engage in discussions, ask questions, and learn from others in similar roles.

Every summer break is a time for paraprofessionals and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to pause, recharge, and reflect before the new school year. Amid the well deserved break, lies an opportunity for growth and enrichment. With an array of free professional development resources awaiting exploration, they can continue professional self-improvement and skill enhancement. Let us all celebrate the dedication and resilience of school support staff as they prepare to return refreshed and empowered for the challenges and triumphs of the year ahead.

If you are a travel educator looking for your next contract, or you are interested in a better work life balance in your career, visit the Aequor Talent Portal to browse our open school positions. Our dedicated Education Recruiters are eager to connect with you to help you find the perfect position for next school year.

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