Back to School: The SLP’s Survivor Edition

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 Heidi Britz, MA,CCC-SLP, Elissa Kilduff, MA,CCC-SLP, Char Boshart MS, CCC-SLP
In this 1-hour podcourse, our presenters share their experience on how to get the new school year off to a great start. They openly explain the realties of school therapy: What to do during the week prior to kids returning, how to effectively use the first few weeks to collaborate with teachers, ideas for scheduling, doing therapy-room prep, and how to connect with parents.

By the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Briefly explain the reasons for establishing “community” with teachers.
  2. List two tips for generating your therapy schedule.
  3. Provide ideas on how to display and use functional bulletin board.

About Elissa: Elissa currently works as a speech-language pathologist in a large metro school district in Atlanta. As one of five SLPs in an elementary school, she primarily serves PreK-2nd graders with a variety of disabilities and special needs. Prior to her current role, Elissa served as the lead SLP where she supervised and trained the county’s 150+ SLPs. 
Elissa has a great interest in language-based learning disabilities, collaboration with general and special education teachers, and curriculum-based interventions.
Elissa was a team member of the Georgia School-Based Speech-Language Pathologist Leadership Team, established through the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), and helped to develop a state-wide training for SLPs and General Education Teachers on collaboration. She has designed resources including evidence-based interventions and progress monitoring rubrics for Response to Intervention (RTI); language checklists aligned to grade-level standards; and educational impact of common standardized language assessments. She is also the co-author of IEP Goal Writing for School Based Speech Language Pathologists: Utilizing State Standards, available through Plural Publishing.

About Char: Char Boshart is a therapist, seminar presenter, author, podcast host, and president of Speech Dynamics. She graduated with her Masters from Western Michigan University and began her career in the public schools. Since that time, she’s worked many years in the schools, in the clinical setting, private practice, and as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Loma Linda University.

Since 1993, she has presented numerous well-received articulation and language presentations through Speech Dynamics,, as well as through the Bureau of Education and Research (BER).  She writes a weekly blog called “Therapy Matters” and is the host of the podcast, The Speech Link, and is the author of the well-received book, The Easy R.

About Heidi: Heidi graduated with her Masters in Communicative Disorders from the University of Central Florida and has been a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) since 1991 in Florida, California and Georgia. She has done therapy in private practice, pediatric hospitals, and the public schools.  Her experience ranges from serving babies in the NICU unit to young adults with developmental disabilities. 
Currently, Heidi is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Forsyth County Schools and the owner of her private practice, Shine Speech Language Therapy. She is the creator of social language materials for the SLP and has an online store, SmartmouthSLP, on TeachersPayTeachers. 

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0 to 2 minutes: Introduction

3 to 5 minutes: The Prior-to-School Meetings and the SLP

6 to 8 minutes When There’s Multiple SLPs at a School

9 to 10 minutes Building “Community” in the School

11 to 13 minutes The First Week of School

14 to 24 minutes Scheduling and Scheduling Issues

25 to 27 minutes Collaborating with Teachers

28 to 36 minutes The Therapy Room

37 to 45 minutes Paperwork

46 to 49 minutes Connecting with Parents

50 to 51 minutes Wrap up and Final Thoughts

52 to 60 minutes: Q&A

Disclosure Statement for Char Boshart:

Financial: Char Boshart is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Elissa Kilduff:

Financial: Elissa Kilduff is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Heidi Britz:

Financial: Heidi Britz is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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