We have a lot to keep track of as school-based SLPs! I found that my life got a lot easier once I had an organized system to keep track of my forms and handouts.
First Step: Getting Organized
I print copies of the forms that I use most often. I set up dividers (e.g., Teacher Info, Referral Forms, Assessment Forms, Articulation, Language) and put multiple copies of each form in sheet protectors. I grab the binder on my way to a meeting so I can pull whatever I need at a moment’s notice.
Now let’s dive in! Here’s a roundup of some of my “must-have” forms!
SLP Editable Letter of Introduction to Parents Template (Free)
I always send this out to my parents at the beginning of the school year!
I also share my Remind invitation with parents!
Looking for tips to manage your referral process? Check out this post!
What is an SLP? (Free)
First things first… Teachers don’t always know what our role is! I share this at a staff meeting to make sure the staff knows how I can help support their students!
Speech/Language Concerns: Teacher Handout (Free)
This is a great companion to the “What is an SLP?” handout. It helps give teachers an idea of what would make a good referral.
Teacher Input Form (Free)
This download includes forms for teachers to fill out, particularly when they have concerns regarding articulation, fluency, or language (receptive, expressive, and pragmatic).
Student Observation Form (Free)
This form helps me structure my observations! Very helpful!
You might also want handouts to a) explain the process to teachers and b) obtain parental consent for an observation/screening. All of the districts that I’ve worked in had their own forms for this process, so ask around before you reinvent the wheel!
Here are some general tips to help you navigate the piles of paperwork!
Evaluation and IEP Checklist (Paid)
You’ll want to modify this based on your district’s requirements, but it can really help streamline the process once you document all of the steps!
Language Sample Analysis Checklist (Free)
This is a great checklist to guide your language sample analysis.
Language Sample Cheat Sheet (Free)
A time-saving tool that includes a cheat sheet and a smart spreadsheet that will automatically calculate MLU for you.
I also use the observation form listed above when preparing for an evaluation!
Navigating the Evaluation Meeting
An evaluation can be an incredibly overwhelming process for a parent. I like putting together a packet of resources so that the parent can review the information later. Referring to visuals during the meeting doesn’t hurt either!
Pacific Coast Speech Bell Curve Visual (Free)
This is a great visual to use when explaining evaluation results.
Speech-Language Disorders & Therapy Explanation Handouts for Parents and Teachers (Paid)
These handouts cover a large range of topics and are great to share when explaining results to parents who are new to special education.
Early Intervention Parent Handouts for Speech and Language Development (Paid)
I often use these handouts when reviewing evaluation results with parents of younger students. The Language Strategies handouts are also helpful to empower parents to follow through at home.
I also love this visual for speech sound development.
Collaborating with Parents and Teachers
These handouts empower parents and teachers to support their students’ progress at home!
Literacy-Based Therapy Handout for Parents (SLP Now Member Exclusive)
I also share this handout with parents and teachers. It explains what I’m doing in therapy (and why!) and gives suggestions for strategies that can be used at home.
Articulation Handouts for Parents and Teachers (Paid)
I love sending these handouts home with parents! The explanations and visuals are fabulous.
There you have it!
Do you have a favorite handout or resource? Share it in the comments below!
I am very excited to begin to use many of your tips and forms to get my paperwork organized (hopefully)!!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful tips and resources!
Yay! Let me know how it goes, Ann! 😀
These are extremely helpful! Thank you!!!