This year is a big year in terms of my therapy strategies. I’ve been thinking about my practices, what I want to keep, try differently, and play with being even more creative in the speech room. Since my students have goals they’re expected to accomplish, and I set some for myself every year, I thought I’d share mine here for the 2017-18 school year.
- Create a more efficient home practice system.
I am going to develop some kind of home practice system that is parent and student-friendly. This may include resources from others as well as myself. I only get my awesome kiddos for such a small fraction of their week–home practice is certainly key.
- Incorporate more technology into my sessions.
My students are extremely motivated by technology, so it would only make sense to incorporate more into the speech room. Now, I don’t have everything the classrooms have, but so what? There are so many apps for articulation and language out there that can be used individually or in group settings, why not take advantage of them? Especially if this means more engagement from the students. As long as it doesn’t become a distraction, I’m all for this.
- Keep learning about the field.
With every school year come new changes in the system, new students with individual needs, and I am going to make sure they’re all met. I am going to get to learn more about AAC this year, and I couldn’t be more excited. All while keeping up with ASHA and district-based trainings. Learning is my favorite part of the job.
- Remember that I am human.
In this field, I am a part of a wonderful team. While I am here to support every one of them, I can only control my actions within the scope I practice in, and that this really is just business. This is something I frequently forget, and end up taking things personally, which is completely unnecessary. As long as I know I’ve done what is best for the child within the power of my license and the ethics I follow, that is all I can do. A great show once stated “I am the one thing in life I can control/ I am inimitable, I am an original.”
- Finish each day and be done with it.
Another personal goal is to leave work at work. I will do my best not to take work home with me–including notes and reports. My time is my time, and despite the insane amounts school-based staff works, we don’t get paid overtime. This goes hand in hand with remembering I am a human being and I have my own limits that need to be respected.
These are my goals at this time, and are subject to change throughout the year. My challenge for the week is for you to set your own goals for the school year, your work place, whatever it is you’re working on. Set the goal and let me know what your strategies are to keep them in place.
Keep playing with words and see what your message creates!
–Stef the StageSLP