A little bit about us:
It seems like we just opened our doors yesterday, but Zebra Speech has been providing Speech-Language Pathology services for about 20 years now! We specialize in clinic-based private practice intervention for children, focusing on speech, language, feeding and related services. We are also one of the largest speech therapy practices in all of New England, scheduling tens of thousands of 1:1 clinic-based sessions a year.
We have multiple clinics in and around the greater Boston metro area that are supported by a few dozen amazing speech therapists. Our administration team is spread out across all of our clinics supporting both the patients and clinicians.
SLP specifics & approach:
Being an Zebra Speech trained clinician really does mean something. We do not provide run-of-the-mill services, and clinicians who have been trained in our clinics are regularly seen as leaders and experts in the field. We offer our patients some of the highest caliber speech-therapy services that can be found anywhere in the world.
Much of our ability to provide such high-quality services stems from our approach to therapy. Fundamentally, we view and treat speech-language services as true medical services. We do not view clinicians as babysitters or teachers; you are a licensed medical professional. We work to always put our patients first. We believe in treatment accountability. We believe in treatment transparency. We are constantly working to learn and improve our craft so that our patients' outcomes improve.
By operating under those basic tenants, it has driven us to provide some of the best training programs and therapy available today. The results really have been awesome. Amazing clinicians who get amazing results with their patients time and time again.
If you are interested in joining our team, you can apply for a position from the Job Openings tab above. If you would like to learn more about working here, please take a few minutes to browse some of the F.A.Q.s on this page or even watch some of our staff interviews!
* We do not offer shadowing or observation hours for graduate or undergraduate program requirements.
* Please do not call to follow-up on a resume submission or with questions about a job posting.
You can submit any inquires you have on our online form, or through our application tools.
Private Practice Speech Therapist / Speech-Lanaguage Pathologist job openings
Full-time Braintree Pediatric Speech Therapist
Part-time Braintree Pediatric Speech Therapist
Full-time Brookline Pediatric Speech Therapist
Part-time Brookline Pediatric Speech Therapist
Full-time Franklin Pediatric Speech Therapist
Part-time Franklin Pediatric Speech Therapist
Full-time Southborough Pediatric Speech Therapist
Part-time Southborough Pediatric Speech Therapist
Administrative Positions & Internships
Human Resources / Operations Coordinator
Receptionist / Medical Billing Specialist
Internship: Assistant Office Coordinator
Do you hire full-time and part-time positions?
Yes, we do hire both. However, our preference is full-time positions so that a clinician’s primary focus is their Zebra Speech caseload.
Are Saturdays Mandatory? Can I work Saturdays?
Saturdays would not normally be a mandatory workday. You can opt to add Saturdays (they are a great way to make extra money if you’d like).
What are the typical hours people work?
We offer a staggered schedule. The hours are normally 7am-3pm or 11am-7pm. The most common schedule tends to be 11am-7pm (with the exception Fridays are normally an earlier day).
What type of training programs do you offer SLPs?
We offer a lot of options. Let’s break them into a few groups.
- A weekly (or monthly depending on experience level) 1:1 case meeting to review all questions relating to their caseload.
- A weekly Group/Team meeting with 3-5 other SLPs that have similar experience levels (facilitated by the Director). These meetings discuss cases and other treatment/administrative related things giving the Group a chance to learn from each other’s experiences.
- An on demand always available Zebra Speech curated and created library of resources: training videos, documents, materials, etc.
- Constant ability to ask both the director and your clinic supervisor questions as the arise
(in-person, by email, by phone, and by Teams/Zoom)
Company Wide Monthly Meetings
- 1-2 Lunch chats a month focusing on specific treatment techniques and concepts.
- A monthly Writers Workshop.
- A monthly ASL (sign language) Workshop.
- A monthly Clip Art Drawing Workshop.
- A monthly round table discussion facilitated by one of the clinic supervisors.
- A monthly “walk-through” series that teaches and shows how to execute specific treatment strategies with patients.
Non-reoccurring special events
- Special guest lectures from various industries/topics
- Company-wide special Events & Outings
What types of benefits do you offer?
Currently our health insurance is with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. We have PPO and HMO plan options along with Dental and Vision plans. You can also participate in a few other insurance options like Critical Illness, Life Insurance, and accidental insurance. You can participate in our 401k program. For SLPs, we also offer a CEU budget and reimbursement for state license renewals.
How many patients and sessions are on a typical caseload?
Patient counts can vary depending on the complexity/frequency of the patients you are working with. Normally a full case load ranges from 22-32 patients. You have a lot of control over how much you want to work, but a full caseload will normally be an average of 4-6 hours of treatment sessions a day.
Do we have to get our own patients? Do we have to bill insurance companies ourselves?
Of course not! We normally have a waiting list at most locations and will schedule patients who are a match with you. We also take care of insurance claims/billing.
How long is the employment contract? When does it end?
Generally speaking, our speech-language pathologist employment contracts are for 1 year (except for a CF who will be on an approximate 2-year contract). All of our contracts will end on June 14th and can renew on June 15th.
What types of tools and resources do you provide therapists (in addition to training)?
We provide our staff with books, toys, iPads, etc. We have libraries (both digital and physical) in each clinic filled with resources for our staff.
You will also get an opportunity to use software we developed in house for managing, calibrating, and analyzing treatment. It truly is a groundbreaking industry-first platform designed just for speech therapists.
What is important in an interview? What makes someone stand out?
Don’t tell anyone... but we will let you in on a little secret… almost every SLP has the same resume, especially a Clinical Fellow candidate! Seriously, all the resumes look and read virtually the same way with the same information. What’s worse, most candidates also interview very similarly with surprisingly similar scripted stories.
Remember, you all took about the same classes in graduate school, had the same types of placements, and there are really only a few types of settings to work in. For example, most candidates have a scripted story about an SLP they admired or looked up to from a placement or graduate program.
Honestly, it gets a little boring.
What do we recommend? If you want to stand out in an interview, show some personality. What makes you unique? Show your sense of humor a little. Share your enthusiasm and excitement talking about the field.
When we interview candidates, our primary interest is not in someone trying to prove they know a lot of information about the field. All SLP graduate programs are rigorous and teach you very similar information. We can teach you how to use the information you learned in school. What we want more is a personality and culture fit. A hard worker who loves working with kids. Someone who is energetic and passionate about being a speech therapist.
Almost every speech therapist has 1 of 3 interests they will talk about: some variant of exercise, cooking, or a pet. Again, it gets a little boring. Tell us something unique or interesting about yourself… how it relates to why you wanted to be a therapist. Why it makes you a great therapist.
One of the most important things to us is a candidate’s enthusiasm and excitement for the field. We value honesty and character a great deal. You don’t have to try and convince anyone that you know everything and are perfect.
Relax and just be yourself.
What types of profiles do we see?
Pretty much everything relating to pediatrics. Depending on your interests we will tend to filter certain profiles to your caseload. When you are first starting out with us, you often times will not have as complex of a caseload as you are acclimating to the practice.
We will not assign patients to your caseload that we do not think you are able to excel at. If you need help with a certain profile, we provide a lot of training and assistance to help.
Where are sessions seen? Do we see remote sessions/tele-therapy?
You will work out of a private office in our clinic. While we do offer tele-therapy for a few patients, the vast majority of our sessions take place in our clinics in dedicated treatment rooms. We do not provide home-based or school-based services.
What is the expectations for treatment documentation?
All of our sessions are required to have a “session note” or SOAP note. You enter it in our software and on average, once you are comfortable using the system, they take about 2-5 minutes to write. You have up to 24 hours to write your note once the session takes place.
You will also write a Treatment Period Summary (our version of a progress note) every 3 months for your patients. You have 1 month to write them after the 3 month period and you do it using our software platform. It typically takes 15-20 minutes once you are comfortable writing them.
Do I need to bring/buy my own materials?
No! We outfit and stock our speech clinics with a lot of toys and materials. Some are dedicated to your personal office, others are shared with the entire office. You are welcome to bring something in if you would like, but should not have to.
Clinical Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common clinical fellowship specific questions we receive during interviews from potential clinical fellow candidates. Before we get to those, let’s talk a little bit about our training program.
First, as most will note, it is actually unique that we even have a clinical fellow training program! You are not just thrown in with a random clinician hoping they give you a few random tidbits of wisdom over 9 months. Having had dozens of clinical fellows over the past few decades we have had the wonderful opportunity to develop a comprehensive CF training program.
Over the years, we have been able to confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that each CF comes with very different strengths and weaknesses. Each clinician starts their CF with a lifetime of different experiences, backgrounds, and even schools they attended. What that means is, when it comes to training a CF, one size doesn’t fit all. Everyone learns differently and needs to work on different things during their fellowship.
However, even though fellows are unique when they start, there is still a core set of foundational skills that all clinicians need to be successful speech therapists, particularly in a private practice setting. Our training program focuses on these foundational skills while helping each clinician identify their strengths and weaknesses.
We start our work with CFs meeting them where they are clincially and help draw out their very best clincal selves.
What do you look for in a Clinical Fellow?
The truth is, very few graduates actually know how to do the job. Schools teach you a lot of information, but they don’t really teach you execution. They don’t teach you how to use all that information that they taught you (certainly not at a high level). Placements also tend to be lacking in the type of training needed to be an independent, analytical, and critical thinking clinician. The good news is we know how to teach these skills very well!
Things that are much harder to teach tend to be what we are looking for. We want clinicians with integrity, who are honest and hardworking. Someone who is positive, excited and full of energy. Families can be very direct in a private practice setting, clinicians need to be confident and be able to have “thick skin”. We are looking for people who are VERY passionate about the field, specifically about working with children. We are looking for the clinicians who get excited about making materials at home or just talking about obscure speech diagnoses.
At the end of the day, if the above describes you, chances are you are going to be a great fit!
Do you take Clinical Fellows? Do they stay on after their fellowship?
Yes we do!
We have trained dozens of clinical fellows. We even have a program specific for fellows. The program grows and improves each and every year!
Clinical fellows sign a 2-year contract, so yes they stay on after their fellowship!
Do you take Clinical Fellows because they cost less money?
No. However, on average we pay a CF about 2.5% less than someone with their CCCs.
We take Clinical Fellows for a few reasons. 1) Fellows tend to be more open to training and learn techniques faster than someone with many years of experience. 2) We think it’s important to give back to the field and help train a new generation of skilled clinicians.
Why are all of your clinical fellowships under a 2-year contract?
The truth is, we lose a lot of money during the first year a clinical fellow works for us. We typically keep their caseloads smaller, and they have a lot of meetings and paperwork reviews. All that adds up to significant losses for us. The second year is where we generally will start to break even.
We are willing to make such a large investment in clinical fellows because we believe it usually results in great treating clinicans!
What does the supervision and training look like for a clinical fellowship?
You will have a standing 30–60-minute meeting with your CF supervisor every week. Then, you will also have another 30-60 minute group meeting every week with 3-5 other clinicians who are at a similar skill level. This meeting is facilitated by your CF supervisor as well. In addition to those meetings, you will then be able to contact your CF supervisor throughout the week with questions: by phone, email, teams, and in-person. You also have your clinic supervisor who will be available to you throughout the week.
In addition to those meetings, we have a number of optional monthly training/education/workshops. We have a monthly writer’s workshop, ASL/sign language workshop, and a clipart drawing workshop. One to two times a month we have a 30-60 minute Lunch Chat that focuses on specific treatment approaches for specific disorders. We also offer a monthly round table discussions that explore treatment concepts/ideas. We have created a digital library of training videos, documents, and examples for different treatment and administrative tasks.
There is more, but I think you get the idea. There is a LOT of training and supervision for all our staff, particularly a clinical fellow.
How many sessions a week does a clinical fellow have?
The average clinical fellow starts with a bunch of evaluations and usually between 12-24 sessions a week.
As the clinical fellow becomes more comfortable treating, we will start to increase the session count during the week, with an average target of 40-50 sessions a week. That comes out to an average of around 4-5 hours of treatment a day.
Do I have to register with the state to work in private practice as a clinical fellow?
Yes. The state of Massachusetts does require you to register with them.
The state is also currently working on a provisional license that will hopefully be available soon!
Would you say this is a difficult CF?
Yes. While many people have difficult fellowships, we think ours is difficult for different reasons. Many fellows in a school or at EI are alone on a disparate island trying to figure things out on their own. Its difficult for them because of a lack of support.
With Zebra Speech, it’s the opposite. You have an abundance of support. However, there is a great deal of accountability with your sessions, and you will need to treat at a high level right away.
Remember, we really do put our patient's first. We care a great deal about the quality of services they receive. We can’t tell a family that you are just learning so they are going to get a lesser service. We need you to perform at the highest levels right away. That is why we keep your session counts lower at first… to give you a chance to focus more on each patient as you get acclimated.
For most CFs, that requires a lot of commitment to their patients, a lot of work and effort to learn how treat at a high level out of the gate.
We are filming these videos and hope to have them posted soon.