How Mindfulness Can Make You a Better SLP

How Mindfulness Can Make You a Better SLP

What is mindfulness? How can mindfulness make you a better SLP? According to UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, mindfulness is simply “paying attention to our present moment experience, with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is.” In this episode, I’ll discuss what mindfulness is and isn’t and share some easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into our lives. I’ll also look at some exciting research related to mindfulness and cover a few ways that mindfulness can help us become better SLPs.

Resources and References:
  • Beck, A. R., & Verticchio, H. (2014a). Counseling and mindfulness practice with graduate students in communication sciences and disorders. Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, 41(Fall), 133–148.
  • Beck, A. R. (2021). A review of mindfulness and communication sciences and disorders students. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups6(4), 795-805.
  • Blog Post: Using Mindfulness in Speech Therapy
  • Catherine Price: Screen-life Balance
  • Creswell, J. D. (2017). Mindfulness interventions. Annual Review of Psychology, 68(1), 491–516.
  • Hölzel, B. K., Carmody, J., Vangel, M., Congleton, C., Yerramsetti, S. M., Gard, T., & Lazar, S. W. (2011). Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Psychiatry research: neuroimaging191(1), 36-43.
  • Iwamoto, S. K., Alexander, M., Torres, M., Irwin, M. R., Christakis, N. A., & Nishi, A. (2020). Mindfulness meditation activates altruism. Scientific reports10(1), 1-7. (full PDF available here)
  • Neff, K. D., Knox, M. C., Long, P., & Gregory, K. (2020). Caring for others without losing yourself: An adaptation of the mindful self‐compassion program for healthcare communities. Journal of Clinical Psychology76(9), 1543-1562.
  • Podcast 3-Part Series: Mindfulness in Speech Therapy
  • Self-Compassion Test
  • UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center



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