#018: Strategies for Success in Your First Week

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This week on the podcast we’re doing something a little bit different. Instead of a stand-alone episode, this is the first of a 6-part series all about setting yourself up to rock this school year. 🙌

So today, we’re kicking things off with strategies for success in your first week. We’re going to dive into practical ways to tackle those new school year systems: networking + building relationships with other staff members, managing your caseload, setting up your schedule, and putting together a system for your paperwork.

We’re also going to talk about dealing with some of the mindset challenges that accompany September — because being an SLP is about so much more than data and assessments. #SLPSuperpower

From positive mantras to project management, this episode chockfull of practical and strategic goodness.

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

Key Takeaways

– Staying grounded + positive when the work is hard
– Introducing yourself to (and building relationships with) teachers + other school staff
– Connecting with parents
– How I collect and organize my caseload data at the start of the year
– Tackling scheduling
– When I use digital systems vs a pen-and-paper approach
– Planning students’ goals and therapy ideas
– Stepping out of IEP overwhelm and into IEP action
– The most important components of my IEP system
– The tools I use to stay organized
– Using templates + other hacks for painless IEP writing

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Marisha’s SLP Manifesto
Free form to send out to parents (by Natalie Snyders on TpT)
Free IEP “At a Glance” templates from TpT
Organizing caseload information using SLP Now
A hanging file organizer to manage IEP workload (Amazon affiliate link)
How to Use Asana (A digital project management tool)
IEP Hacks (Skip to #3 for IEP templates)
How to Use a TextExpander

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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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