Speech-language deficits are the most common of childhood disabilities and affect about 1 in 12 preschool children, according to the Medscape Journal of Medicine. There is a broad need for School Language Pathologists or SLPs in every school across our country. But it takes a particular SLP to fill those important shoes that walk the classrooms every day.
Kids love exploring, and as an SLP, being open to new experiences and infusing an element of creativity can work magic in all directions. Seek out new therapies or exercises that will not only help you grow as an SLP but also nurture the growth you seek in your clients. The web is chock full of blogs, Pinterest boards and studies waiting for you to explore.
You sit down to write an Individual Education Plan or IEP for a student you met with recently. You pull out your detailed files from past sessions and come up with a plan you think fits the child’s specific needs. Now rethink that scenario had you skipped the detailed note taking and left it up to your memory to recall the specifics? It would likely be more challenging and result in a less impactful IEP and perhaps a headache. Staying organized and keeping progress notes up to date will make your life easier and your work more effective.
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