Speech language pathology by the numbers: A new school year begins

It’s that time of year……

Isn’t it amazing how quickly the summer flies by?  For many school based SLPs the summer is over and they are reporting back to work.  Hopefully you used the summer to get recharged, whether it be by resting, traveling, organizing yourself, or planning.  Looking at the start of our new year by the numbers……


# of preplanning days: 4 – definitely not enough

# of SLPs to start the school year: 175+

# of vacancies: it changes everyday

# of schools they serve: 101 plus a couple dozen daycares

# of weeks until winter break: too many to count


# of new SLP trainings to deliver: we’ll start with 3, but do they ever really end?

# of new CFs to mentor: 14 (we have some help with that)!!!

# of SLP Assistants to supervise: 6 (and they are the best!)

# of professional learning days: 3

# of SLP department meetings to plan: 6

# of audiometers to distribute: 300! That may be a slight exaggeration…or NOT

# of students on [average] caseload: can we stay below 40?

# of IEP meetings to attend: to be determined…

# of times my computer will crash: Please, no, not again!

Making it count for the 16-17 school year!

Are you off to a great start? Tell us how your numbers are adding up!