The Survival Kit of the Adult Locum Speech Therapist


I have created a list of the “Top 10” clinical resources/items that helped me to get through my two years of being a locum speech therapist. Hopefully it helps you too...

  1. Paediatric Stethoscope – forever useful if you don’t want to share earwax with random Englishfolk
  2. Aphasia and Dysarthria Classification Chart – lots of useful resources and charts on Pinterest, which can be printed out and kept in your folder/diary for easy reference and access.
  3. Pen Torch or the like – some places will not have these on tap and they’re very useful for oral examination. I have a tiny torch from Kathmandu that easily clips on to a lanyard (another useful item to BYO)
  4. Naming Activities – imperative to rehab! If you make up / purchase a pre-made set of naming resources (e.g. Cued Naming), you’ll save yourself hours of clinical time!
  5. Therapy Apps on your smart phone / tablet – Worksheets can be incredibly boring (as patients often like to express) and technology is helping us to update our therapy tool kit! There are thousands of great therapy apps around. It’s also worthwhile researching apps that have translated versions as England has a diverse ethnic set.
  6. Fool proof method of recording statistics – each workplace will have a different way of recording stats, but find a method that works for you and it will make life a lot easier!
  7. Thickener Sachets – carry them with you everywhere! You will run out… you will need to thicken your own drinks!
  8. A form of Carry Bag – to carry your daily resources, thickener, food to trial. Unfortunately not all workplaces will provide these.
  9. Grandfather Passage and Cookie Theft Picture – Self explanatory really.
  10. USB – Most places will be happy to share resources – it’s a bit of give and take!


And as a bonus – number 11: Sanity in the form of nerdy speech jokes:

















Gen Howard, Locum Speech Language Pathologist. LinkedIn Profile 

Read Gen's first installment here: Livin' La Vida Locum


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