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Get Social  |   February 01, 2014
Get Social: On Being Socially Savvy
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Get Social   |   February 01, 2014
Get Social: On Being Socially Savvy
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/
The ASHA Leader, February 2014, Vol. 19, online only. doi:10.1044/
There’s a reason so many communication sciences and disorders professionals are building social media into their workday. If you haven’t started using platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram to keep up with ASHA and your colleagues, you may be surprised to find out about the learning and networking opportunities they offer. Now is the time to take the plunge.
Taking on social media might feel like opening the door to information overload, but once you set up an account and start following some of your colleagues, your network can help surface the most relevant and timely information. Over time, your online connections will deliver a personally curated set of professional resources, insights and discussions. If you’re still not sure, here are some ways that other speech-language pathologists and audiologists already use social media to enhance their professional lives.
Learning. On every social platform, you’ll find your colleagues sharing the research articles they’re reading, tools they’re using, or nuggets of wisdom (“Just because you give them an AAC device doesn’t mean they know how to use it”). “SLPeeps”—as many SLPs identify themselves on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—frequently ask technical questions about assessment, treatment activities or a workplace issue and receive an (almost) instant answer from other professionals who have been there. You also can use social networks like Pinterest to organize and aggregate your own ideas or professional development opportunities.
Networking. Twitter can give you glimpses into the lives of the rich and famous, but it also can expose you to diverse perspectives from experts in related fields. Take a look at what neuroscientists, child psychologists, linguists, people focused on education technology and reform, and health policy wonks are reading and talking about on Twitter. A new study or piece of legislation may directly affect your work, and with Twitter you will hear about it from the source.
Marketing. For professionals who want to publicize their practice, blog or other achievements, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ all are valuable channels for connecting with potential clients and your local community. Social media are well-known tools for self-promotion, but these channels also can help you explain the role of SLPs and connect the public with important health information. ASHA’s public education campaign Identify the Signs is one source for images, videos, and other resources on the early warning signs of hearing loss in children and adults.
Events. Using social media can add depth to events. Twitter users add a common hashtag to their tweets from an event to make their posts easy to find. At a large event like the ASHA convention, for example, trading insights on Twitter can make the crowded halls feel more intimate. This year, convention participants used the event hashtag #ASHA13 to ask questions, share content from sessions, and connect with other attendees on- and offline. For colleagues who you see only once or twice a year at conferences, a virtual connection can help you keep up your relationship until the next in-person event—like #ASHA14.
But you can go at your own pace—social media is not an all-or-nothing pursuit. You can still tap into the lively online communities of SLPs and audiologists without feeling the pressure to contribute. Start by listening. Follow ASHA for a sampling of voices from the CSD community (see Connect with ASHA, below). On Twitter and Instagram, search for commonly used hashtags to get a feel for the conversation. A hashtag can be any string of text preceded by the # symbol. When it’s added to the content of a social media post, the post will appear in a search with all other posts that include that hashtag. Here are some popular hashtags that CSD professionals are already using:
Speech, Language and Hearing

  • #aphasia
  • #ASHA13
  • #ashamagic
  • #aud2b
  • #audpeeps
  • #augcomm
  • #BHSM
  • #dysphagia
  • #hearingloss
  • #IdentifytheSigns
  • #medslpeeps
  • #slp2b
  • #slpbloggers
  • #slpeeps


  • #CCSS
  • #edchat
  • #edtech
  • #IEP
  • #SpED
  • #specialneeds

Health (General)

  • #ACA
  • #autism
  • #asd
  • #caregiving
  • #DSM5
  • #elderchat
  • #ICD10
  • #Medicare
  • #PD [Parkinson’s disease]


  • #ashaigers
  • #instaslp
  • #instaspeech
  • #speechpathology

Connect with ASHA
So when you are ready, check out the popular social media hangouts for CSD professionals and see where they take you. In the meantime, to get you started, the links to ASHA’s presence on the social media frontier are listed below. We hope to hear from you soon!
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