How to Crush Your SLP Goals

It’s a new year, and you’re ready to get a fresh start!

Where do you start?! If you’re anything like me, you have a list a mile long of things you want to improve! It’s kind of overwhelming!

Check out this post for five quick and easy steps to crush your SLP goals this year! This post also includes a list of the top 10 goals listed by SLPs! Click through to get tons of ideas for your goal-setting session!

Here are the steps that I take to make sure I pick good goals (and set myself up for success)!

Step 1: The Brain Dump

I love a good brain dump, where I jot down all of the things I’d love to do.

Don’t hold back here! Write down even your craziest ideas!

Step 2: Narrow it Down

Set yourself up for success and pick a few things to focus on.

I put this quote on my wall as a reminder. “You can do anything, but not everything!” We’ll be much better off just setting a few goals and really smashing them (compared to setting tons of goals and not really making any progress)!

Step 3: Get S.M.A.R.T.

We’re all experts at this when it comes to writing goals for our students, but the S.M.A.R.T. framework is a great reminder!

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Action-Oriented
R – Realistic
T – Timely

It makes it a lot easier to follow through with a goal!

Step 4: Publish it!

We can have super fabulous goals, but they’re kind of meaningless if we can’t remember them!

I like writing my top three goals on sticky notes and putting them on my computer as a reminder.

Step 5: Ask for Help

If you’re struggling with any of the steps, reach out to other SLPs! You never know what you’ll find!

Goal Inspiration

We posted on social media asking SLPs what their goals are for 2018. (Check out the post to read some of their awesome ideas!)

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We made a list of the most common goals and picked some resources to help you get started.

Note: These are broad categories! Don’t forget to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for yourself. 🙂

1. Get Organized

If this is your goal, then you’re in luck! I love organization and shared all of my favorite ideas here!

2. Streamline Data Collection/Medicaid Billing

Check out this blog post for some tips!

3. Increase Student Goal Awareness

Nicole Allison (Speech Peeps) shares how she set up her goal bulletin board! Love all of her functional decoration!

4. Implement Literacy-Based Therapy

I love literacy-based therapy! Be sure to check out our blog posts for some ideas/inspiration. Don’t forget to join us at the SLP Summit for a practical presentation with tips to help you implement literacy-based therapy with your caseload, too!

5. Improve Therapy for Students using AAC

Anne Page (Beautiful Speech Life) wrote a great blog post on 5 free AAC resources. She’s an amazing resource if you’re looking to step up your AAC game!

6. Improve Fluency Therapy

Lauren LaCour (Busy Bee Speech) is your “go to” for easy-to-implement fluency therapy. She has some fabulous fluency binders in her Teachers Pay Teachers store. She also did a great presentation on fluency. I love how she combines the research (she really knows her stuff!) with her practical experience. Lots of practical ideas that you can use in your speech room today!

7. Provide Better Explanations to Parents

Scheduling time to practice explaining evaluation results/IEP goals before a meeting is a great first step.

If you want a little support, Natalie Snyders also offers handouts to make this easy! Parents are so overwhelmed at these meetings, and Natalie’s visuals are a great comprehension booster.

Check out this post for five quick and easy steps to crush your SLP goals this year! This post also includes a list of the top 10 goals listed by SLPs! Click through to get tons of ideas for your goal-setting session!

8. Spend Less Time Writing IEPs

I love SLP Toolkit’s Present Levels Assessments! They are a huge time-saver when it comes to writing IEPs!

9. Be an Awesome Supervisor

Maureen Wilson (The Speech Bubble SLP) has a fabulous binder to keep you organized!

10. Self-Care 

Shannon from Speechy Musings offers some great support and advice when it comes to self-care. This blog post is a great place to start!

Let us know in the comments! Did you set any SLP goals? Do you have any resources that we need to know about?


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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  1. I also use a version of SMART … but I learned it with 2 more steps:
    E (evaluate) and R (reward)
    (I learned this at a workshop for ASL-English interpreters presented by Ray James from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.)

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