Getting What You Want in Job Negotiations

job negotiationsCongratulations! You have made it through the interviews, the background checks, and there is a school therapy job offer sitting on the table, just waiting for you. It’s almost a perfect scenario. The only problem is that the compensation package isn’t quite what you were hoping for. Whether it's the CEU budget, reimbursements, or pay itself, something is missing. So now what do you do? Read More »

Utilizing Dramatic Play in Speech Sessions

dramatic playSome kids may be shy and try to avoid speech and language practice during a session. A great way to work around this is with dramatic play activities. Most children will come out of their shell and enjoy a wide variety of options and may not even be aware of the skills that they are working on for speech. Dramatic play also gets kids up and moving, so they are more likely to be actively engaged through the entire time. Read More »

Boosting Confidence with Vocabulary Collages

vocabulary collageChildren who struggle with speech and language skills may be intimidated with learning new vocabulary. To assist with this, it's crucial to be creative and actively engage students. Vocabulary collages are a nice way to do this and it's flexible to work with many age levels. Collages may also be done in a variety of ways depending on the current skills being worked on for children. Older students may need collages with synonyms of vocabulary words that are being worked on in class. Younger children may be focusing on adding words that have specific start sounds that address articulation goals. Read More »

All About Your Students

all about studentsEncouraging self-confidence is a crucial part to success with speech and language sessions. Allowing kids to share things about themselves will boost their conversational skills and give them practice that is needed. Take time to create books all about each individual student. These are perfect to give to parents at an open house and to send home for families to enjoy. Read More »

Getting Off to a Good Start in Speech Therapy

speech therapy startThe start of the new school year is a special time for students and the speech language pathologist that works with them. It's a fresh beginning for many and the opportunity to move forward toward speech and language goals. Thanks to this, it is extremely important not to take this period for granted. Embrace the ability to change items up, get to know your students better, and allow them to get to know you. Read More »

Succeeding in Your Rookie Year as a School Based Therapist

new speech therapistEveryone has been there. It’s your first year on the job. Even if you are an experienced therapist, if you’re making the transition to working in a school setting, you’ll have a bit of a learning curve. If you are working as a school-based occupational, physical, or speech therapist for the first time, don’t sweat it. There are several things you can do to make your rookie year go well.  Read More »