WARNING: DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR!

2stress_jokes_600x450Hats off to SLPs everywhere who manage to wear many hats and juggle many responsibilities with professionalism, grace, and good humor!

With less than 6 weeks left in my school year, I spent Friday afternoon hyperventilating at all that needed to be accomplished in May and the first two weeks of June:  28 IEPs (11 written, 17 to go), do 4 speech/language evals and that they entail (love late referrals!), facilitate 2 SETT meetings and write up report summaries and action plans, prepare 45 progress reports….oh, and still see the students on my caseload.

During two fitful nights this weekend, my tossing and turning led to the creation of the following poster and limerick.

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ODE TO SCHOOL-BASED SLPs by Pat Mervine

There once was a crazed SLP.
“I can’t wait for summer,” said she.
“With 28 IEPs
Due in 6 weeks…oh, please!
Wonder Woman has nothing on me!”

So, to all of you SLPs who are struggling mightily to meet end-of-the-year deadlines, I hope it helps to know that you are not alone.  You’ll get there, and summer will be all the sweeter for it.

 

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2 thoughts on “WARNING: DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR!

  1. Why on earth are you doing all of those IEPs in May and June? In our district we spread them out during the year, which makes for a much more manageable workload.

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  2. This was a year complicated by forces beyond our control, including an influx of late preschool transition evals and the announcement in March that the 5th grade would be moving to the middle school this year, which prompted some Sept/Oct IEPs to be moved back to the spring so they would be done by staff familiar with the students. I can set the dates of speech-only IEPs and did do some earlier, but for MDEs and students who receive other services, I just have to go with the flow….or flood, in this case!

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