#008: How to Thrive with Mixed Groups

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In this week’s podcast, I’m sharing some of my favorite mindset shifts and practical tips for working with mixed groups! Back in the days of my CF, I honestly thought that the only way to have a real impact with students was in one-to-one sessions…I struggled with knowing how to effectively plan and implement with mixed groups.

Once I actually got into practice, I found that I couldn’t really avoid the mixed group dynamic, and I learned to make the most of it. In fact, I learned how to make mixed groups work FOR me, and use them to my advantage… and I actually started to enjoy them.

I know. I was a little shocked too! 😂

So in this episode of the SLP Now podcast, I’m going to share some of the things I’ve learned from working with mixed groups, and a few practical strategies that you can start using with your caseload.

So grab your beverage of choice (I’ll have a chai latte!), put your feet up, and listen in.

Key Takeaways

1. Embrace and lean into the positive aspects of mixed groups.
> Leverage peer dynamics.
> Capitalize on classroom carryover.

2. Set up a data system.
> Keep your head out of your data book and in the session.
> How a digital system can set you up for the entire year

3. Prepare your visuals.
> Map out your caseload and figure out what you’ll need.
> Have a core set of materials.
> Spend less time explaining, and more time developing skills.

4. Create a routine.
> Introduction
> Teaching
> Practice
> Wrap-Up

5. Plan ahead.
> Find the “glue” that holds the session together.
> Done is better than perfect!

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

> An overview of different data collection systems + a quiz that helps you determine which makes the most sense for your caseload
> How to organize probe data + access the Level of Support Rubric FREEBIE at the bottom of the post
> How I set up my caseload
> The book that breaks down the five-step process developed by Ukrainetz and Gillam (affiliate link)
> Podcast episode: How to Use Books
> My therapy tote
> The mega blog post I wrote about creating a routine
> Nicole Alison’s freebie: Speechie Clip Chart
> Caseload at a Glance FREEBIE
> Easy homework solution
> SLP Now Membership
> A literacy-based therapy challenge that provides you with templates, resources, and some free therapy materials

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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