Ahhhh!!! I’m not ready! I’ve been back at work since August 1, students start this week and I’m still not ready. How can that be? Too many meetings, training sessions, and staff development to attend. In reality, I am more prepared than I feel. I have a ton of great resources and lessons planned, my data binders are organized and ready to go, and I’ve read up on all of my new students. It’s going to be a great week.
To help kickoff the BEST YEAR EVER, Teachers Pay Teachers has announced a BONUS one day sale for Monday, August 22. The Frenzied SLPs have linked up to share some great resources you will want to check out during the sale. We’re also sharing some back to school tips of the trade to help make your life a little less frenzied.
My best tip for busy SLPs is to establish procedures for screenings and referrals early on. If you have clearly explained the protocol for speech referrals, it will save you so much time down the road. Things to consider: Who will handle initial screening of students? Will the SLP conduct a whole class screening? What if teachers have speech or language concerns as the year progresses? How will RTI work? These are all things your district has most likely established guidelines for. Make sure you understand the process and clearly communicate it with your teachers.
To help with speech sound screenings, I use this articulation screener.
This screener is quick and easy to use. I use it if I need to screen individual students, or entire classes. I also pass a copy to my teachers if they ever have an articulation concern with one of their students. Since I’m legally not allowed to screen a student without parental consent, loaning this screener to their teacher helps them to be able to know what is or is not developmentally appropriate. My teachers find it very easy to use, too! It also comes with this speech sound development chart, which is a great resource for teachers!
You can find this easy articulation screener in my store on Teachers Pay Teachers. Don’t forget to use the code ONEDAY on Monday, August 22 to save 28% off everything in my store!
How do you handle speech referrals and screenings in your district? Feel free to share in the comments below.
And be sure to head back to the linky and check out all the other great Frenzied SLP resources! There are some great ones!