Do you start the year hoping and praying that the paperwork will lighten up and your schedule will magically take an hour to create? Are you fantasizing that there will be extra time to plan seamless therapy lesson for the upcoming months? The work load may never get lighter, but we can always find new resources that will help get the job completed with less stress and more smiles. Today, I have 10 resources to help an SLP have a fabulous year.
As a busy school based SLP, I need resources that will help me do my job well in a time efficient manner. When we have the resources to grow in our profession, we are happier, less stressed and more committed to our students.
10 Resources To Help An SLP Have A Fabulous Year
Whenever I need therapy planning inspiration, I usually go here first. I love searching for resources just by typing in a theme or target area. If I had pinterest back when I first started, I know that my therapy would have been so much easier. You can follow all my boards HERE (I pin stuff all the time)!
After I search pinterest, I usually hop on over to TeachersPayTeachers to purchase/download the resources I found on pinterest. It has been such a life saver to find resources that I need specific for my caseload. You can find lots of resource goodies in my TPT store!
3. Dabbling With Speech Fun Exclusive Facebook Group
Looking for ways to stay motivated and inspired? Hallie Sherman from Speech Time Fun and I started an exclusive facebook group for Better Speech & Hearing Month. Everyone loved all the FUN that was happening in the group and asked that we keep it open. We share Monday’s motto’s, have Live Q & A’s on Tuesdays, giveaways, free resources and just lots of CELEBRATING of SLP’s. You can sign up to join HERE (we would love to have you)!
4. School SLP 101 Course by Jenna Rayburn
School SLP 101 is an online course for speech-language pathologists transitioning to a school setting. If you’re switching to a school-based SLP job from another position you’ll be faced with IEPs, Common Core, teacher collaboration, group therapy, and scheduling in ways that you’ve never experienced. There are 70+ Short videos to help you transition to a school position with instant downloads of forms, lesson plans, and treatment ideas. Plus, you earn 3 CMH hours toward ASHA maintenance. My girl Jenna always has top notch resources, so I highly recommend!
5. SLP Toolkit
SLPToolkit is a digital application that you can use to improve SLP’s efficiency with completing progress reports. It also has an amazing scheduling tool that you create your caseload schedule and update weekly if you want! I love that everything is digital, but can be printed for a paper trail. You can read more about my review HERE! For this month, my followers can get a month for FREE or $19 off the yearly subscription using the code: dabbling19
6. Lesson Planning Membership by Road To Speech
SLP NOW- Lesson Plan Membership is the perfect tool for busy SLPs! The membership includes all that you need for quick and easy lesson planning–a lesson planning workbook, themed activities, no prep worksheets, skill-based activities, and more. It has LOTS of themed therapy that can be used with mixed groups across lots of skills, so I am super excited to use it this year! If you enter the code: SPEECHIE16 to get $10 off the VIP package.
7. Behavior Management System
At the start of the year, you need to develop a behavior management system. You will probably tweak and change your system over the year. Having a plan for your expectations keeps everyone happy! When I know how I am going to deal with unwanted behaviors, I am better at being flexible and patient. I recommend doing a system that works for your style of teaching. I got rid of my prize box years ago because I was tired of keeping it supplied with toys. The past year, I focused on creating an engaging learning culture. Brag Tags from The Speech Bubble SLP look like a great way to keep kids motivated! Here are some other behavior management resources in my TPT store!
8. Gym membership
Most of us know that working out is a great way to reduce stress and boost energy! Sometimes trying to incorporate this in our lives after a long day is tough. I need someone motivating me to stay active. I love having classes where the instructor just tells me what to do. Then, all I have to do is actually motivate myself enough to get there. Exercise has really helped with managing stress, so I encourage you to find a gym that will fit your exercise style!
9. Word Vault App
Word Vault App from Home Speech Home is an app that has tons of resources for SLP that is free! You can get a monthly subscription for $5.99 that allows you to have access to lots of data tracking and audio features. This app covers both articulation and language skills, so it is great for those days that you need a grab n’ go therapy item!
10. A Creative Outlet
We are focusing on our students ALL. DAY. LONG. As educators we can only sustaining that kind focus on others is difficult. Although the blessings of focusing on others is amazing, it is also good to take time for yourself. We need time for ourselves to re-charge, so we can continue to serve our students. Adult coloring books, evening walks with your dog, Pokemon Go adventures, paddle boarding, wine tasting, yoga, happy hour with friends, whatever brings you joy, do it! To stay creative, we must find ways to ignite our creativity!
There you have it! 10 Resources to help an SLP have a fabulous year. I wish all of you the best year! There will be lots of unknowns and times of doubt, but those are often the times that I thrive. Don’t forget that there are SLP’s out there just like you and me, struggling in the trenches to help their students. You are fabulous for heading into work each day.
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