I have to start off by saying that I am a pretty organized person, but sometimes my business overpowers my need for organization. As each school year goes on, my therapy room and desk gets a little less organized every week. I always say I will get back on track, but materials pile up and my shelves get messier. But there is one area that stays organized all year long…my therapy binder. I cannot function with a messy therapy binder. The 3 organization tips I am sharing today all relate to this binder.
1. Have a place to keep all of your important working paperwork. For me, it’s a 3 ring binder. My binder has a section for each student on my campus. For every student, I have a “face sheet” with their name and eligibility info, copy of their IEP, sheets for recording daily notes, and parent contact log. I use these pages daily to keep track of progress and record session data.
2. Use a calendar to keep track of important deadlines. In my therapy binder, I also have a master calendar. I have 4 different school calendars to keep up with, plus paperwork deadlines, and other misc. events. To help keep track of important dates, I keep a master calendar where I mark all important deadlines, including school holidays, report deadlines, meetings, etc. I keep this with my therapy binder so I can access it anytime I need it.
3. Use a caseload summary sheet to track FIE and IEP due dates. I keep a caseload summary sheet at the front of my binder. This sheet has every student, their date of birth, service time, date of initial evaluation, due date of their re-eval, and IEP date. I mark on this sheet throughout the year and update it as needed with new student info. Many IEP programs have an option to print a form like this for your caseload, but I also have the one I created posted for free in my TPT store. You can download it HERE.
So, those are my organization tips. Good organization can really impact your day. For more great tips on organization, be sure to check out the other posts in the Frenzied SLPs blog linky. Click HERE or on the image below.
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