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The Best Places to Meet Speech Language-Pathologists in Private Practice

Having a speech therapy private practice doesn’t have to be lonely!

​Whether you’re curious about how to start a speech therapy private practice or you have an established speech therapy private practice, getting support from fellow clinicians is vital to your long-term success.

Even for private practitioners with employees, the ability to collaborate, network and find support among fellow private practitioners can be limited.

If you’re looking for a way to connect with fellow speech therapy private practice owners to discuss:

  • marketing strategies
  • insurance issues
  • business strategies
  • how to hire employees
  • ethical situations
  • etc.

consider joining the following groups!

1. SLP Private Practice Beginners 

​If you’re in the process of starting a speech therapy private practice and need information and support – consider joining the SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group.

At the time of this writing, the group has nearly 5,000 members who are sharing their journey to private practice together.

​To join, click here.

2. The American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology

From the AAPPSPA website: “The American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA) is dedicated to the provision of information, education and support among its members regarding the business tools necessary for professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists to establish, maintain, and expand clinical, educational and corporate services in the context of the private practice and to the improvement of the quality of services provided to the public.”

In my opinion, the best part of being an AAPPSPA member is the ability to participate in the email list-serve and free legal services. The annual fee of $150 is tax deductible as a business expense.

To learn more about the AAPPSPA, click here.

3. The Therapists’ Corner

Pamela Jackson Rowe, MS CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and private practitioner who has five clinics in the Orlando area. She readily shares her wealth of information and support for both new and established private practitioners alike. 

Pamela recently started a Facebook Group called The Therapists’ Corner, “where therapists go to collaborate.”

To join, click here.

4. SLPs in Private Practice*

For those with established private practices, the SLPs in Private Practice Facebook Group is a wonderful place to connect with fellow private practitioners on issues related to employees, billing, office space issues and more.

To request admission to the group, click here.

*Must be an established private practitioner to join

5. The Private Speech Therapy Network 

Want to connect with fellow private practitioners in your local area or even around the globe? The Private Speech Therapy Network has close to 10,000 members from around the world.

Groups on LinkedIn are underrated and in my opinion, are the best part of LinkedIn. Feel free to start a discussion, comment or answer a question to support your fellow members.

Click here to join.


Jena H. Casbon, MS CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist, private practice consultant and member ASHA and the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She started her own speech therapy private practice in 2006. She is the founder of The Independent Clinician and author of The Guide to Private Patients, The Guide to Creating a Web Presence for Your Private Practice and Grow Your Private Practice. Since 2008, she has helped thousands of clinicians get the flexibility, income and freedom they desire from starting their own private speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy practices.
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