FREE TRAINING: How to Start a Speech Therapy Private Practice

Thinking Bigger with Crystal Sanford

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What if you could create a private practice that served the population you’re passionate about and allowed you to serve as a consultant, author, speaker or parent education and empowerment coach?

It is possible to do more and think bigger – personally and professionally!

I am talking all about this today with my guest, Crystal Sanford, from Sanford Autism Consulting.

Crystal has been in the field of Speech Therapy for 20 years. Her areas of experience include social language disorders, language/articulation disorders as well as communication assessments and treatment for individuals with Autism. She also enjoys her leadership experiences in the field, such as mentoring Speech-Language Pathologists who are beginning their careers.

Crystal became acquainted with Autism in a new way when her daughter was diagnosed with  Autism. In 2016,  Crystal was inspired to open Sanford Autism Consulting, a place where other Autism and special needs moms could find clarity, support, and HOPE for their IEP journey.

In Today’s Episode, We Discuss:

  • The importance and need for parent education
  • Different ways SLPS can increase their impact
  • What to do when you realize that you can do more
  • Advice for those that want to chart a different path as a private practitioner

I hope that you were able to think of ways that you can make a bigger impact on a population that you care deeply about during this episode.

It is so important that you don’t limit yourself!

We’re going to reopen the doors to the Start Your Private Practice System soon! If you want help starting your speech therapy private practice, head on over to www.startyourprivatepractice.com/waitlist . You will be notified as soon as we open the doors again! I cannot wait to help you.

Also, if you want to hear all about the ins and outs of private practice as well as some big mistakes that you should avoid, watch my free training at www.startyourprivatepractice.com/webinar.

Resources Mentioned: 

Sanford Autism Consulting Website: www.sdautismhelp.com
Connect with Crystal on Facebook
Follow Crystal on Instagram
Not Just for Nannies: Special Families Caregiver Manual
Crystal’s Podcast: Thriving Special Families
IEP Consultant Biz Builder Program
Free Training: How to Start Your Private Practice
Start Your Private Practice Waitlist

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In 1998, Crystal began working as a Speech Therapist in the public school setting in Los Angeles County, California. In 2004, she moved to San Diego, California and continued her work with children of all ages in public schools. Her areas of experience include social language disorders, language/articulation disorders as well as communication assessments and treatment for individuals with Autism. She has also enjoyed her leadership experiences in the field, such as mentoring Speech-Language Pathologists who are beginning their careers.

Throughout the years, Crystal has found her work with clients of Autism to be the most rewarding. She found it so gratifying to see students who have struggled to communicate their ideas or have struggled to maintain friendships find success and hope.

In 2014, Crystal became acquainted with Autism in a new way when her daughter was diagnosed with Autism. For her family, the diagnosis brought relief and helped to confirm their suspicions. The family then embarked on their Autism journey.  Because of her work experience in the public school system, Crystal was able to navigate the waters of special education with minimal challenge. However, she began to realize how little support was offered and available to families throughout the IEP process. In 2016,  Crystal was inspired to open Sanford Autism Consulting, a place where other Autism and special needs moms could find clarity, support, and HOPE for their IEP journey.

When Crystal is not passionately working with families and community members, you can find her reading, exercising, gardening, or enjoying non-technology time with her husband and two daughters.


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Host: Jena H. Castro-Casbon, MS, CCC-SLP

Jena is a private-practice consultant who has helped thousands of speech-language pathologists start and grow their own private practices through her company, The Independent Clinician. 

​She has written articles for The ASHA Leader and Presented at ASHA Connect (2017).

You’ll find her online in the SLP Private Practice Beginners Facebook Group and in her premium programs, The Start Your Private Practice System and the Grow Your Private Practice Coaching Program.



Episode Sponsored by:

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This episode was brought to you by my premium program The Start Your Private Practice System.

​If you’ve been thinking starting a private practice full-time or “on the side” I encourage you to sign up for my FREE TRAINING. I’ll make sure you know everything more in a free 60 minute presentation than you ever learned in grad school!

Visit startyourprivatepractice.com/webinar.


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