Category: Professional Issues

Setting Professional Goals for Upcoming Year

professional goalsAs the school year gets underway, it is important to take time to set your own professional goals for the year. While this may seem unnecessary, it will help you to stay focused and ready to work with your students. Flexibility is important, but it is helpful to have an organized plan on where you would like the year to go if all goes well. Read More »

Why Communicating Well with Parents is Crucial for Your Students

parent communicationAs a school-based therapist, especially in specialties like speech or occupational therapy, the ultimate purpose of your job is to help your students communicate and interact with the world around them. But no matter how many kids you’ve helped do just that during your career, there’s no guarantee that you’re an expert at applying the same principles you’ve imparted on those kids in your own life. Life’s ironies never cease. Now, this isn’t the time or the place to reckon with the various communication failures that may or may not have plagued your love life for the past however many years. That’s a whole other can of worms. But when it comes to matters concerning your job, well, communication is key – especially when it comes to interacting with your students’ parents, guardians, and other family members. No matter how significant the gains you make during the school day are, if you don’t foster a healthy relationship with whoever is looking after your students at home, it could all be for naught. Not only does a mutually communicative relationship with parents help ensure program continuity once students head home for the day, but if you are friendly - or at least cordial with - students’ families, everything is going to be a whole lot simpler and more pleasant for everyone involved. Read More »

The Start of a New Academic Year

new school yearThe summer months of therapy and sessions always seem to be over before you know it. It is crucial to take time prior to the start of the new academic year to get everything set for your students. Not all children receive services over the summer, so it is important to spend time planning for all of the kids who you will be working with once you go back to school in August and September. Read More »

Why It Pays to Apply for a Job You May Not Meet All Requirements For

job requirementsWe've all been there. Searching for our next job, our next opportunity, the next level in our career. It's exciting to start that search! However, that doesn't mean certain things can't get in the way. You start reading a job description, enthusiastically envisioning yourself in this new dream job, and then...you get to the "requirements" section. You read "5 years of experience required." You have three. Next you read "Must be fully fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese." You're fluent in English & Spanish, but you only know a beginner's level of Portuguese. Your heart sinks. You move on to search for another job that fits your specific experience. We're here to explain why you should revamp your approach when applying for a new job.  Read More »

A Letter to My Younger Self – Heather S.

younger self Our "Letter to My Younger Self" series continues with a brief yet informative paragraph of advice from one of our long-time Midwest Team clinicians, Heather Simons, SLP-CCC, M.A.  As you'll find out, Heather was a bit nervous to jump into the speech pathologist field after graduation. Find out what she would tell her recent graduate self - great information to pass on or apply in your current practice! Read More »

A Letter to My Younger Self – Melissa W.

younger self Ever wish you could go back in time? Give your younger, college self the advice and insight that you didn't have in that moment? Well, until someone invents a truly functional time machine (too bad "Back to the Future" was just a movie), all we can do is keep moving forward and learning from our prior experiences. However, the successful clinicians of today can help others succeed by telling their stories and admitting what they wish they knew in the past. Our first "Letter to My Younger Self" is written by one of our clinical directors, Melissa White, M.A., CCC-SLP. Melissa shares her letter to her "CF Self", which you can tell was straight from the heart. Get ready to learn from our team members, as this is only the first of our letter series!  Read More »