Maintaining ASHA CEU’s

I have CEU’s on the brain today because I just realized I need four more credit hours before the end of the month to maintain my license.

Being a mom and a private speech therapist at the same time can make keeping up with continuing education hours difficult. Especially because no one is paying for your CEU’s anymore, and finding a babysitter so you can go to a conference can be very difficult. It is for me.

I was so excited to come across Lingui Systems FREE online CEU’s, and yes they are ASHA approved! I have been able to work on CEU’s during nap time at no cost to me. What a great help that has been. I have also participated in ASHA’s self study program which is great that you can do it from home but can still cost quite a bit. Occasionally I still enjoy attending conferences when I can find a babysitter and they don’t break the bank.

20 Responses to “Maintaining ASHA CEU’s”

  1. Jill says:

    Hello!

    I’m an SLP from Ohio who also does private speech therapy out of my home office. I’ve enjoyed the flexibility this gives me to still be a “professional” but also a mom who can be involved with my children’s activities.

    Another way to earn CEU’s is through http://www.speechpathology.com. They have e-courses that you can take in your own home via your computer at a time which is convenient for you. They vary in price depending on how many hours – from free to $60+. At the end you take an online test (which you can continue taking until you have 80% correct) and once you’ve completed that satisfactorily you can print off your CEU certificate.

    Our state has a yearly convention (OSLHA – Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association) which keeps me covered for CEUs if I attend all the seminars from the weekend. I love doing this because it is a weekend away from home responsibilities where I can reconnect with fellow SLP’s while maintaing all my CEUs. I’m sure most states do this and if you have not attended a weekend speech convention in your state, I encourage you to do it.

  2. Tracy says:

    You can also get CEUs by reading the ASHA journals and taking the test online. Go back and look through your old journals. They’re worth about .7 CEUs each.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Thanks for the link! I am a public school SLP and a mommy to a 2 year old. I am in the renewal period for ASHA so I really appreciate the tip!

  4. kayla says:

    very impressive site! god bless

  5. Sherri says:

    I would love to do all my CEUs from home. But I heard that there is a limit as to how many are accepted per year in the state of California. Has anyone else heard aobut limitations and what they are? I was told you can use only .5 per year.

  6. Dorothy says:

    Thanks for the great CEU tips! I am a new mommy and love being at home with my sweet baby. I am needing to go back to work two days per week in the Fall, does any one have any suggestions of work choices? I tried Home Health, loved my patients but not the driving all day. HELP

  7. Heidi says:

    Dorothy,

    You are in the same situation I was in about 7 years ago. I know how hard it is to go back to work. I think the most important thing is finding a job you love so it won’t be quite as painful to be away from your sweet baby. I would look into every option you have available to you. You may even consider looking up private clinics in your area. That’s where I started, and now I am able to work from home. It has worked out to be the best option for me. Good luck!

  8. Julie says:

    Hi, fellow SLPs! I hear your concerns about ASHA CEUs, & I agree that they are difficult, cumbersome to obtain. Have you seen ASHA Watch? It has some interesting thoughts about ASHA dues & ASHA CEUs.

  9. Michelle says:

    Super Duper also offers free online CEU’s

  10. Heidi says:

    Michelle,

    I didn’t know that. Thanks for the tip!

  11. Kim says:

    Free CEU’s are also available at many special interest sites. AAC Institute has online courses. Autism Internet Modules (AIM) offers a good selection as well. Pre/post tests with printable certificates upon completion.

  12. Keli says:

    What a blessing you and your site are!! Thanks as I am also a stay home mommy of 2. I work no more than once a week prn for a health center.

  13. Janice says:

    This website has been very helpful. I am at the beginning of my career. I am from NY and cannot seem to find a permanent job anywhere. It has been an agonizing process and what makes it worse, is that I have to maintain CEUs when I don’t have a steady paycheck coming in to get the credits. I hope things will start to look up soon.

  14. Heidi says:

    Hi Janice,

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you that you will find a job soon. I am sure you will. In the meantime the linguisystems free CEU’s have gotten me by more than once when money has been tight.

    Wishing you the best!
    Heidi

  15. Hi,
    I am a SLP and have been working from my home for the past 18 years so I could raise my kids. BUSY!! I have taken at least half of my CEUs online for the past 10 years.
    I recently started a company called Advanced Healthcare Education that does video ASHA approved CEUs. They are in-depth and video rather than power point. My goal has been to find engaging speakers like Pam Marshalla, Tom Franceschini and many more. Price point is: free-$249, however, for $159.00 you can get a subscription for 12 months and watch all you want during that time.
    I would love feedback from you, as SLPs, if this is needed or if there are too many other companies out there. You can check it out http://www.videoce.tv .

  16. Heidi says:

    Hi Darla,

    I love what you are doing! I absolutely think this is needed. We definitely need more opportunities to maintain our CEU’s in an affordable way. Thanks you for doing it!

  17. Heather says:

    How do you find/take the tests online?

  18. Heidi says:

    Hi Heather,

    Just go to the Linguisystems web site. Sign up for an account and then you can choose your courses, whether they be the free ones or the paid ones, you have the option to take the test from there.

  19. Lauren says:

    Hi Darla! I am curious what kind of work you do from home? Do you tx clients in a home office? I know our field is so diverse!

  20. Gina Lederman says:

    Hi! My name is Gina. Thank you for posting this. It’s very helpful. I am a recent BA grad from CSULB in Cali and I have my SLPA license. I need to get 12 hours to renew my SLPA license by May 2014. I’m going to try some of the suggestions that have been posted on here. I only need 12 and I definitely don’t have a lot of income to burn on this, so low cost ways to do it are the best! I already looked into ASHA and CSHA but both are not close by (or have already passed) and also pretty pricey which makes them both a no-go! Thank you for the info everyone!