Are you a school based SLP about to start the new year off? This is my 9th year to do this and I wanted to share what my first month & 1/2 of the year looks like.
Work week before students arrive:
I use a specific form and calendar that I created after I was audited my first year. I type the students' goals on the top and then I fill it out by hand during each session. I have tried other methods of documenting daily session notes but have failed miserably. I absolutely love my form and it also works well with Medicaid billing.
Click here to see my forms on TPT ($1.50).
I also try to meet with all of my students' teachers on the Autism Spectrum and discuss strategies and go over their IEP/accommodations (I am on the district Autism Team). I find it very beneficial to meet face to face and discuss things that work, student interests, and ideas for their classroom. I collect their classroom schedules so I can get started making visual schedules if needed for the student.
1st week of school:
The first day of school I typically will check to see if any new speech therapy students have enrolled (our office asks all parents who register if their children have any special education services). I also like to walk through breakfast and lunch and say hi to the students. I really want to ask the secretary for the class rosters and schedules on the first day, but I have learned they really don't get finalized until later in the week (sometimes even the second week). What I can do is get the each grade level's general schedules (PE, Lunch, Music, Recess, etc..).
By Thursday, I ask the office for class rosters and make my first tentative schedule with student names (remember I already made a draft schedule with the time blocks for each grade level, this should make it easier for you to plug in student names). When I get this done, I send out an email to the teachers and give them each student's time.
2nd week of school
I usually do a fun "get to know you" activity for the first day of speech therapy. It is a good way to collect informal data and get the students used to their new speech groups. I have an awesome packet called "Getting to Know you in Speech Therapy" that I love using for this purpose (with 1st grade and up). For my prek/k students, I like using "My Favorites" boards and a game called "Roll N Play" to start things off with.
3rd week of school
This week I really focus on collecting baseline data and see where all my students are skill wise. I have used a variety of progress monitoring tools. The ones I recommend are by Natalie Snyders and SLP Tool Kit.
4th week of school
This is where I start my thematic therapy lessons. Please see my blog post that outlines how I plan therapy with themes.
How I Plan Therapy Around Themes August-December
I list theme ideas and also link to some of my favorite resources and crafts!
Do you have any questions or tips for me for how you start your year off? Leave me a comment or email me at email@example.com!