Most, if not all, of us school-based SLPs are in the midst of summer break. A time to relax, get refreshed, and spend much-needed time with friends and family. And probably do some work – whether you see private clients, do testing or Extended School Year with your school system, or prep for the upcoming school year. It may be just as important to reflect back on all of the hard work you achieved during the school year.
How many IEP meetings were you part of? How many did you schedule? How many were you not invited to (or maybe at the last minute) but somehow managed to get your part completed in time (and figure out a way to attend)?
Did you evaluate more than 20 kids this year? Did you change your schedule once a month, once a week, once a day? Did you have to pack up and move to a new space? Did you have a space?
Were you bombarded with advocates or attorneys? Were you constantly forced to justify your role, decisions, value to a parent, teacher, administrator?
You are a school-based SLP. You fight for students everyday – the ones you work with now and the ones you know need your help. You are passionate about what you do and how you do it. You deserve a break!
So how are you spending your summer?