“Unexpected Growth” with Shanna Klump, SLP


Shanna knew early on that speech-language pathology was a strong possibility. Once she had decided on the profession, she considered a private practice a foregone conclusion. Shanna dedicated ten years to the public school system in Maryland. She later joined a private practice part-time while continuing to work part-time in the schools. Currently she is dedicated to growing her private practice including being an active member in the Grow Your Practice program. She envisions an office space and employees in her near future.

Here’s What We Discuss:

  • How she approached her predetermined choice to work in the schools positively
  • Her persistence at choosing collaboration over competition with other SLPs
  • The turning point that produced a steady stream of clients and led her to pursue full-time work
  • Jena’s advice to strive for work-life balance as a practitioner
  • Her community-building efforts to ensure her clients’ needs are met
  • How her desire for a waitlist changed over time

Shanna is the founder of Kid Connections.  She is a certified Speech Language Pathologist specializing in assessment and treatment with the pediatric population.

Shanna has been practicing since 2007 in both the public school and private practice settings and has a strong background in the treatment of children with a variety of speech and language disorders, including childhood apr​axia of speech, articulation and phonological delays, language delays, and language disorders.  She has worked with children diagnosed with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and Autism spectrum disorders.  Shanna is certified to provide the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk program for parents.  She is also Bridging trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets.

Shanna lives in Annapolis with her husband.  In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, cooking, and exploring the outdoors by hiking, paddle boarding, or boating.


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

Jena lives in Boston, MA and is a wife and mama to two young boys. ​​​

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