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5 BIG Mistakes I Made As a New SLP

  1. Marissa Nunnery says:

    This post has been really eye opening too me! I just started my first CF position at a school and it’s been rough catching up since I started a few months after the school year began. I’ve been struggling with working all the time! I am a newly wed also and it’s been tough to be working all the time when I want to spend time with my husband. Thank you for this post and making me realize that it’s ok not to finish my to-do list all at once and to not over work myself!

  2. Suzanne says:

    I will add that one of my mistakes was not explicitly letting the kids know what their goals were and what we were targeting each day. Now I review their goals with them at the beginning of the year and periodically throughout the year and every session I let them know what they are working on that day (you are doing L in the middle of words). I have found that when I use a tracking app on my phone the kids keep an eye on it and want to know their percentage correct – great motivator!

  3. Katie says:

    Love this! Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing your mistakes. You have great advice!

  4. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for this! I am in my 3rd year, and I have been struggling so much these past few months. Your post reminded me that I am making some of these same mistakes! This was just the encouragement I needed right now <3 I will be bookmarking this post!

  5. Pat says:

    I have 5 years until retirement. I often start sliding into the unsustainable therapy mode with certain students because you want to do an awesome job for every kid. And every year as my caseload increases, it becomes less and less feasible. It’s a struggle every year. Great article and a great reminder for those of us on our way out.

  6. Joanna says:

    When do you write your reports? Are you given time at school?–I have been doing this for 21 years and all my paperwork needs to be done at home?

    • Shannon says:

      Thanks for your comment! I do get times during my week for prep and evaluations. That would be so hard to take all of that work home. I feel for you!

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