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Starting a Private Practice

Margaret Fish, MS, CCC-SLP

December 15, 2003



Where can I find info. about beginning a private practice?


It is critical that you obtain information about private practice prior to making the decision to enter that service delivery setting. Private practice has the lure of independence and the potential for significant income, but it also has a great many obvious and hidden pitfalls. You should consider some basic questions and your answers in at least two areas--personal and business as you make your decision about becoming a private practitioner.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I enjoy working alone, or do I enjoy collaborative working environments?

  • Do I have the knowledge and skills to work independently, or do I need some professional support and supervision?

  • Do I have the skills to manage the stress of owning a private practice?

  • Do I have an understanding of the people and the community in which I would operate a private practice?
Some business questions should include:
  • Do I know the need for private practice services in the community in which I would operate?

  • What is the financial climate of the community in which I would operate a private practice? Are there small business support groups and advisors in the community to whom I could turn for advice?

  • What are the financial requirements for starting and maintaining a private practice? What types of payments and reimbursement schedules could the practice support?

  • What are my long-range financial needs, including retirement and benefits?
These are only a few of the questions a prospective private practitioner should ask him/herself. Luckily, there are many resources available to professionals who are considering the venture. Here are a few resources that provide additional information and references on private practice:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, www.asha.org

  • Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology, www.aappspa.org

  • The Small Business Administration, www.sba.gov

  • BioSketch: Dr. Paula S. Currie has been a speech-language pathologist for more than 25 years. She is currently the Head of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Southeastern Louisiana University. She co-owned and managed in large, metropolitan private practice for 12 years. Her areas of expertise include language and literacy,
    augmentative communication, and evaluation of communication disorders. She can be reached at pcurrie@selu.edu.

    Paula S. Currie, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Head/Program Director
    Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
    Southeastern Louisiana University
    P.O. Box 10879
    500 Western Ave.
    Hammond, La 70402
    Voice 985-549-2214; FAX 985-549-5030

    margaret fish

    Margaret Fish, MS, CCC-SLP

    Margaret is a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Highland Park, Illinois, with over 30 years experience as a pediatric SLP. Her primary professional interests are in the areas of children’s speech sound disorders, language disorders, and social language development. Margaret is the author of the book, Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, now in its Second Edition. She is a frequently invited speaker at local, state, and national workshops. Her workshops and writing focus on providing practical, evidence-based ideas to support clinicians working with children with CAS. Margaret serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) and is a topic area advisor for the SpeechPathology.com Advisory Board.

    Related Courses

    Textbook: Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech: 3rd Edition
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    This course defines and describes the types of simulations utilized for clinical education in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). The learning theory behind simulation education will be presented, with the process and examples of debriefing specifically highlighted.
    Please note: This course uses a different recorded format from most of our courses; arrows on the playbar must be used to progress through the course. When playback stops after the course introduction, use the right arrow key to progress to the second slide, where you can read the full playback instructions. Due to the nature of the development of this content, this course is best viewed on a tablet-sized screen or larger. Please plan your viewing experience accordingly.

    Treatment Approach Considerations for School-Aged Children with Speech Sound Disorders
    Presented by Kathryn Cabbage, PhD, CCC-SLP


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    Course: #9472Level: Intermediate1 Hour
      'This course provided the comprehensive overview of different articulation/phonological treatment approaches'   Read Reviews
    This course will address the theoretical underpinnings and research base related to differential diagnosis and treatment of articulation and phonological deficits in children with speech sound disorders. Special considerations for how to tailor evaluation and intervention to meet the needs of school-age children will be discussed.

    The Ripple Effect of Stuttering: A Community-Based Approach
    Presented by Craig Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, ASHA Fellow, Mary Weidner, PhD, CCC-SLP


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    Course: #9217Level: Intermediate2 Hours
      'Practical information well presented'   Read Reviews
    This is Part 2 of a four-part series. The stuttering experience has a ripple effect that extends far beyond the child who stutters. Parents, teachers, peers, and others must possess both knowledge and skills to best support children who stutter. This course will highlight new clinical tools and resources to provide a community-based treatment approach for stuttering. (Part 1 - Course 9278, Part 3 - Course 9301, Part 4 - Course 9304)

    Behavioral Frameworks for Dementia Management
    Presented by Mary Beth Mason, PhD, CCC-SLP, Robert W. Serianni, MS, CCC-SLP, FNAP


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    This course will focus on cognitive-communication intervention strategies for various dementia presentations and will provide a review of evidence-based treatment. Behavioral frameworks along with their rationales will be introduced and applied across several dementia types and mild, moderate and severe levels of impairment.

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