My name is Kie’rra. I’ve been working as a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist for 7 years. Since graduate school, I’ve learned the importance of being organized. It has made my life so much easier. As the school year progresses, we are not only responsible for evaluations/treatment and Medicaid, but we have to consult with parents/school staff, attend IEP meetings, do progress notes, and develop IEPs. If you are like me, when multiple deadlines are approaching it feels overwhelming, but whatever you do, please don’t stress. Organization is the key. I would like to share a few tips that have helped me survive the school year.
- Invest in a good planner, a sturdy binder or notebook. My planner is my life. I keep all of my important forms in a binder as a reference.
- It’s always fun to find a good set of sticky notes for daily tasks so you can have a visual reminder, I’ve also used the notepad on my computer.
- Make a list of annual reviews and 3 year re-evaluations for each month. Then add them on the calendar. I also like to write down what paperwork is needed for each meeting.
- Plan monthly therapy based off themes – It’s also helpful to find activities online and save them in a folder on your computer or flash drive so they are accessible. For the hands-on activities, sort everything in bins and don’t forget the labels. My favorites are the minimal prep activities, it’s an ultimate time saver. I’m a big fan of Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers for therapy ideas/materials.
- Keep an attendance log, parent contact sheet, and session notes for each student, it comes in handy during IEP meetings. I like to organize my student records based on my therapy schedule.
- Label folders and keep individual student records separated so you won’t risk the chance of misplacing something important.
It’s been a pleasure sharing my organization ideas. I hope you have a great school year!
Author: Kie’rra L. Tyndall, MA. CCC-SLP