It’s a brand new year so you’ve already thought of all the resolutions you’re going to make. Maybe it’s to drink more water throughout the day, or do your billing weekly, prep monthly themed therapy, etc. That’s all fine and dandy but sometimes by making all these New Years resolutions, we put even more stress on ourselves.
Here’s some resolutions you SHOULD be making:
- Ditch overplanning.
- Ditch therapist guilt.
- Ditch Pinterest-worthy sessions.
- Ditch over-printing and over-prepping.
All you need is your love and dedication to your job, a few go-to materials, and your SLP brain in order to have a successful session.
Here’s what I like to do:
- Planning- Look at your day (or week). Jot down or make a mental note of the goals that will be addressed. Then pick a few open-ended materials/games to address all (that’s where your SLP brain comes into play;]).
- Therapist Guilt- One thing I’ve learned is that if I haven’t fully taken care of myself, I’m not being the best therapist to my clients. Take the sick day (no need to pass the germs further along), don’t take work home, eat lunch with coworkers, and just take a moment during the day and remember to breathe.
- Session materials- A few quick tips…
- Laminate your materials or put in pocket protectors. This way, you can use dry erase/manipulatives and don’t need to print each session.
- Don’t over do themed therapy- Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE themes for different holidays/seasons. But I don’t go crazy with it. I might use a book and craft and make it last for multiple sessions. Plan something easy and open-ended.
- Again, keep it simple- Don’t have 50 activities you’re trying to accomplish each session. Pick a few materials and make them last the entire time. Keep materials open ended or pair with a game/craft to extend the activity.
My top 2 material recommendations this year:
1. Drill Cards– Prep once to grab-n-go throughout the entire year! Language, articulation, phonological processes, seasonal, and more. Add manipulatives to make it fun and use dry erase to make in interactive. Perfectly compact to de-clutter your work area.
2. No Print Progress Monitoring– Save paper, time, and energy with these materials. You can also use for quick drill, screening, and informal assessment. This resource also gives a no print data collection option! My favorite thing about these materials is that I can easily grab-n-go, it’s not taking up room on a shelf, and I’m not searching for data on a kid because I have it saved on my computer already.
That’s all! I hope these few quick tips will shift your mindset for the start of the year. Your goal should be to make less work for yourself, not more!