Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Get Ready for Back to School
Perhaps you have already started back to school or will be shortly. Here are a few tips to make sure you are ready for those first few days back at school providing therapy:
1. Stay calm during scheduling. If you work as a school based therapist you know how stressful scheduling can be. Just try and remain calm and remember that it will get better. Sooner or later you schedule will fall into place and you will be able to get started with treatment sessions. First and foremost, respect the student and teachers schedule. Remember students are at school to be educated and learn - related services sometimes is not the top priority. When all else fails, practice your deep breathing exercises.
2. Keep your equipment organized and clean. When we start the school year off, the therapy rooms or therapy travel bags are organized, toys are clean and paperwork is fresh. Somehow that usually derailed for me rather rapidly and I was unorganized and spread out. Try to maintain that initial organization - it will make it much easier in the long run.
3. Be prepared. Have your lesson plans set and ready to go. If you don't use formal lesson planning, jot a note down for what you will do during each treatment session.
4. Have a few ideas in your back pocket. Ever notice sometimes what you think will take 30 minutes takes 5 minutes? Or perhaps a student is not motivated at all by your activity suggestion. Make sure you a few ideas ready to go when the initial idea does not work out. Toss some Mini Movement Break ideas or Motor Minute Challenges in your bag just in case.
5. Review IEPs and background information on your students. If possible, before school starts, review important IEP info such as goals, present levels of educational performance, modifications in place, etc.