Your supervisor is an amazing resource, but it’ll go a long way if you do some of the leg work before you ask a question.
Here are some strategies to consider:
1. Create a cheat sheet for your state’s eligibility guidelines.
2. Create a cheat sheet for legal timelines.
3. Create a cheat sheet for your school/district’s RtI process and referral process.
4. Use a planner or task management system to keep track of deadlines.
If you’re looking for a planner, Rifle Paper Co, Erin Condren, and the Happy Planner are popular options.
You can also use our free CF Binder to keep track of your dates!
5. You don’t need CEUs during your CF year, but it’s your responsibility to be knowledgeable enough to serve your caseload. Once you get to know your caseload, look into what you need to learn more about.
6. Look through ASHA’s evidence maps and practice portal.
7. Search the SLP Now blog. There’s a search bar towards the bottom of the page (in the light blue box)!
8. Look for (or request) report templates.
9. Look for (or request) goal banks.
10. Collaborate with other team members (e.g., teachers, parents) to write reports and decide on goals.
11. Learn how to align goals with Common Core State Standards.
12. Create an IEP meeting outline for yourself.
13. Write down commonly used explanations for your IEP meetings. Practice them (out loud!) to get comfortable.
14. Gather parent handouts that will be used frequently.
Share anything that you create or learn with your supervisor! They can provide feedback and answer any questions that you might have. They might also take this into consideration when completing your Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellowship (SLPCF) Rating Form.
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