5 Reasons I Switched from a Salaried Employee to a 1099 Independent Contractor

For several years before I got married, I worked as a salaried employee for a large agency. “W-2” employment provided me, a young speech-language pathologist, with certain benefits while allowing me to work in a wide range of clinical settings. The agency automatically withheld my Social Security and Medicare taxes, for example. Once I got married, however, my husband and I started thinking more about what employment situation would work best for our family.  We ultimately decided that the best fit for me involved switching to an independent contractor. Here’s why: Flexibility Working for a staffing agency as a W-2 employee meant I needed to work at least 30 hours per week to maintain full-time employment status. Becoming an independent contractor allowed me to work as many or as few hours as I wanted. I preferred this flexibility, because we planned to grow our family one day. I knew for a fact that planning for maternity leave would be much easier if I started working more on my own terms versus the requirements of full-time employment. As an independent contractor, I can set my own hours and work when it makes sense for my life. Higher hourly wage Independent contractors usually earn a higher hourly rate. In my case, I make the same monthly net income as I did before, but I work 50 fewer hours per month. This gives me time to take care of myself, go to the gym, and relax occasionally. My husband and I also enjoy taking our daughter to activities toge...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Audiology Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Health Care Professional Development Source Type: blogs

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Conclusions: TRIAGE consensus-building methodology can be used to engage stakeholders and support clinicians' decision-making regarding the identification of implementation priorities in cognitive rehabilitation post-ABI in order to tailor the implementation process to local needs.IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATIONThe Technique for Research of Information by Animation of a Group of Experts (TRIAGE) can be used to support clinicians' decision-making regarding the identification of implementation priorities in cognitive rehabilitation post-ABI.The combination of individual consultations followed by consensual in-person group di...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
Abstract Purpose: To evaluate the auditory performance and speech intelligibility of 100 children with bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss up to 3 years after cochlear implantation.Methods: A cohort study was established consisting of 100 children who received cochlear implantation at Shandong Ear Nose and Throat Hospital from 2012 to 2015. Children were examined after 1 month, 1, 2, and 3 years of implantation to assess auditory performance and speech intelligibility using standard tools. The paired Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used to assess whether the scores obtained at differen...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
Parents caring for their adult children with communication disorders walk a tight rope. They precariously inch along the wire of life, balancing their own responsibilities plus those of their children. They also balance myriad schedules, health care professionals, therapies, medications, and special equipment necessary for activities of daily living. Many of these visionary parents rejected the prevailing past trends to institutionalize their children. These parents might have been active in making sure their children received appropriate services in school, or home schooled. Many also advocated to change laws improving e...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Academia & Research Health Care Private Practice Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: Most patients with isolated cleft lip may not require long-term, longitudinal evaluation by cleft team specialists. Cleft teams should develop limited follow-up protocols for these children to improve resource allocation and promote value-based care in this patient population. PMID: 31961207 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal - Category: ENT & OMF Authors: Tags: Cleft Palate Craniofac J Source Type: research
Conclusions Considering the high risk of sensorineural hearing loss for children with significant disabilities, it is important for them to be included in school hearing screenings. The results of this study demonstrate the feasibility of using DPOAEs for school-based hearing screenings with this population with an interprofessional team of licensed audiologists, educators, and speech-language pathologists. The results further suggest that students with significant disabilities and hearing loss may be unidentified and underserved. Given the complex needs of this population, an interprofessional practice model for hearing s...
Source: Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch Source Type: research
For some time now I’ve been talking about incorporating sibling participation into speech-language intervention. I know what you’re thinking: It’s hard enough to focus on goals, take data, and find functional, motivating activities to help generalize skills into daily routines. Why add one more thing into the mix? Here’s why … sibling participation can create a win-win situation for both the sibling and the child needing services. Siblings often feel left out and confused about their brother’s or sister’s special needs. I experience this first-hand as a sibling of a sister who stu...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Health Care Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Intervention Fluency Disorders Language Disorders Source Type: blogs
A lot happened in the world of communication sciences and disorders in 2019. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved cochlear implants for single-sided deafness. Skilled nursing facilities reacted to Medicare reimbursement changes in an unexpected and unfortunate way. A video clip showing comedian D. J. Pryor “talking” with his baby son went viral and demonstrated the benefits of communicating with your child to millions. People with communication disorders made more appearances on big and little screens. One of those featured was a child with a cochlear implant in Pixar’s Toy Story 4. We covered t...
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Press Releases - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Academia & Research Audiology Health Care News Private Practice Schools Slider Speech-Language Pathology Hearing Assistive Technology Professional Development Source Type: blogs
Conclusions: Children with congenital uSNHL benefit from late HA intervention in one-to-one communication but not in demanding listening situations, and there is a risk of degraded SLA. The results indicate that neural transmission time from the impaired cochlea to the upper brainstem may have an important role in unilaterally aided spatial hearing, warranting further study in children with uHL receiving early HA intervention.
Source: Ear and Hearing - Category: Audiology Tags: Research Articles Source Type: research
Conclusions: Engagement is a central process within a complex system of psychosocial constructs operating in therapy. Engagement is emergent, synergistic, and change-inducing - it emanates from, involves, and influences multiple aspects of therapy. Notably, engagement ties two pivotal elements - positive expectations and positive affect - to positive relationships, collaboration, and therapy progress. Implications for practice include an understanding of how providers manage the therapeutic context and work to foster engagement.Implications for rehabilitationEngagement, and its various elements, plays a central role in sha...
Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
In this study, 430 adults who stutter participated in a qualitative exploration of the term stuttering. Data were analyzed thematically to determine speakers' perspectives about moment of stuttering and the overall experience of stuttering in their lives. Results To adults who stutter, the term stuttering signifies a constellation of experiences beyond the observable speech disfluency behaviors that are typically defined as stuttering by listeners. Participants reported that the moment of stuttering often begins with a sensation of anticipation, feeling stuck, or losing control. This sensation may lead speakers to react in...
Source: Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: J Speech Lang Hear Res Source Type: research
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