I can’t believe we have started school and it is already September! Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening in speech for this month:
First, I need to develop a schedule. Sounds easy enough but it’s not. The students can’t be pulled during their itinerant times, wellness (formerly known as recess), lunch, recess or core instruction. Doesn’t leave much of the day for students who require pull out service. It’s especially tough when you’re negotiating for that time with the other service providers. We now meet as a team (Speech, OT, PT, reading, resource and psych. services) to schedule at the same time. This has been extremely helpful in avoiding overlap of services. It is also beneficial when trying to schedule co-treats with other service providers. Once the schedule is on paper, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will actually work in real-time. Usually it takes a few weeks to work out the kinks.
The first few weeks of service are spent establishing relationships and setting expectations. If it’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that students are most productive during speech when they like to come. If students do not want to be there because they think they are missing something or not enjoying the activities (not all students will like all the activities all the time) they become challenged to fully engage and therefore the expected results can be compromised. I’ve also learned that clear expectations and routines need to be established. I think most children (especially K-2) like when things are organized and predictable. When students know what to expect, it helps them to be ready to learn. Once we have that basic foundation of therapy established, we can start to target specific objectives. We will do that by reading books, using materials, playing games and making crafts.
These are just some of the books we’ll be reading this month:
To make our articulation drill work fun we will be using some Back to School and Fall Themed Roll and Color reinforcers worksheets. We will also be playing some articulation games, including these quick play games.
These are just some of the fun things planned for this month. It’s going to be a great month!