Showing posts with label teacher collaboration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label teacher collaboration. Show all posts

Monday, October 22, 2012

Student Referral Process: Step 1

Here is a document we use as part of the initial teacher referral when a student needs more support or problem solving in the classroom.

At our district, the teacher provides THIS documentation to the Student Assistance Team (SAT) Committee (made up of the school psych, a sped teacher, me (SLP), a general education teacher, and the title teacher) as well as the Additional Teacher Input Form (given to any additional teachers whose instruction is impacted by the area of concern--e.g., specials teachers, co-grade teachers). They also send home a Parent Information form, which most parents bring to the first meeting of the SAT team.

Our SAT committee meets (with the parent), and discusses the concerns, brainstorms interventions/supports to put into place, and decide what data will be collected and by whom. We set the next meeting date.....and see what works (and what doesn't!). This may eventually lead to testing the student for special education verifications. 
(Free download at my TpT store HERE

...just saw the typo in 'blogspot'(my fingers type that SO often, but I usually catch it!)

Some students in this process end up having language difficulties that the teacher couldn't 'put her finger on.' Others end up having artic concerns in addition to classroom concerns. We continue the process, and I usually jump into speech-language Response to Intervention (parent permission free download HERE). 

If there is just an articulation concern, we "skip" the SAT committee and run right to me (!). That includes a separate form...coming soon in a follow up blog post!
Look forward to: 
*Artic referral
*Stuttering referral
*Language referral (listening, speaking, social skills)

I hope this helps those of you SLPs out there who wear as many "Hats" as I do at school! What are your other (non-therapy) responsibilities?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Team Meeting Agenda-free download

With a handful of students who require additional support and who have many team members who need to be on the same page for progress and success, I have found this team meeting agenda to be a great tool! (Free download HERE)

A quick "How To" ...
  • Gather information from team members about possible agenda items and areas needing problem solving
  • Fill in the agenda items
  • Provide copies of the agenda to team members (night before or earlier is most helpful!) 
    • I try to put a copy in each team member's mailbox and I scan/email the agenda to out-of-the-building team members
  • Assign roles, if not done before 
  • Team members can take notes on the form, on their own paper, or a note-taker can be assigned and others can receive copies after the meeting  

Teams have included all or some of these team members: 
  • classroom teacher
  • special education teacher
  • speech-language pathologist
  • physical therapist
  • occupational therapist
  • autism specialist
  • para-educators 
  • student parents 
  • audiologist
  • deaf educator

Friday, August 24, 2012

Documentation! Teacher Initial forms

This form helps me document that all necessary staff members have received a copy of the IEP at a Glance form (and/or a full copy of the IEP if I mark it that way). 

I staple this 1/4 page to the top of the IEP at a Glance, the teacher initials and dates it, then put the 1/4 page in my mailbox (they keep the Glance for their files). 

I staple the initialed 1/4 pages to the IEP in the file so when file review comes around all documentation is present! 

Our entire sped team uses this method, so it is consistent for the teachers. Free download HERE. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Speedy Speech Basket--A Must Have!

If you use the intensive articulation intervention service delivery model, a speedy speech basket is a must-have! It makes everything grab-and-go! 

Here's a look at mine:

Dollar store basket works perfectly in size and price! 

Everything fits in, and it's easy to travel with throughout the hallways. 

I usually carry my basket and my schedule clipboard when I do sessions. On data collection days, I also carry my speedy speech data notebook. 

Here's what's inside my speedy speech basket (left to right, clockwise): 
  • Pencil Bag: *dice *dry erase markers *chipper chat wand and markers
  • Chipper Chat boards for a quick activity 
  • Sentence Starters: not always carried, but these are perfect for conversation-level practice/data, and oral-reading level practice
  • Speedy Speech passes: this makes it quiet in the classrooms! **See note below 
  •  Small nonfiction book with very short paragraph/1-page sections for oral-reading level practice 
  • small whiteboard 
  • timer!! (a must) 
  • Articulation cards. (I use these decks most often, but swap them out for other speech-sound cards so there are different words to practice with)  

Speedy Speech Pass Note: 
I walk into a classroom and put the Speedy Speech Pass on a student's desk, then walk out. The Pass cues the student to come out to the hallway with me for speech. When the speedy speech session is done, I tell my student who the next student is and the pass is put on the desk of the next student. It works for teachers, too: it's a very quiet, non-disruptive system, and when the pass is on a student's desk the teacher knows that student is in speech and will return shortly. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Speedy Speech!

I LOVE speedy speech! (In the research you may see it listed as the "intensive articulation model" of therapy). With speedy speech, I have seen wonderful progress in my articulation students, the students' parents have been impressed with their child's progress, and the teachers love that I only pull a student out for 5 minutes at a time (so they don't miss much-if any-instruction time).

I remember reading that within a given school year a student misses 1 week of instruction time walking back and forth for pull-out groups (speech, resource, PT, OT, reading recovery, TitleI, etc). Wow! I worked in a school where we did speedy speech sessions at an empty desk in the hallway by each "pod" of grade-level classrooms, and in my current school I have that option in some halls, but typically just sit on the floor in the hallway(!).

Here's my top reasons for loving speedy speech (in no particular order): 
  1. it's fast, so behavior is rarely an issue
  2. it's fast, so the students stay engaged
  3. progress! progress! progress!
  4. a variety of activities are perfect for 5 minutes with very little prep time
  5. not material-heavy (the students don't get bored with the activities, so I can 're-cycle' through my materials/activities every month or so and I can do the same activity within a week) 
  6. progress! progress! progress! 
  7. the teachers love it
  8. I get to see my students 4-5 days/week, so I get to know them individually better 
  9. I get to see my students 4-5 days/week, so I am more in-tune with educationally-relevant changes and can work along side teachers/parents with problem solving (e.g., medication issues, vision/hearing concerns, home changes that impact the school day, sleep issues) 
  10. progress! progress! progress! 
  11. the students see "my face" 4-5 days/week, so using correct speech sounds is on their mind more frequently 
  12. I am around the building so all students see me--that makes making a relationship for a screening, starting RtI, testing, etc. much faster and easier

I'd be happy to help anyone set up their speedy speech program! More posts to help out! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


One of the more grueling tasks for the beginning of the school year is (dun dun DUN!) creating a speech therapy schedule! 

Anyone else use the post-it note strategy? I put each of my students/groups onto a sticky note...and make as many sticky notes as I need to match the speech sessions they will have per week. (Example: 2nd grade speedy speech students I see 4 days/week, so there are 4 sticky notes that say "2nd Speedy Speech." Each sticky has a # 1-4 so I can keep track.) 

sticky notes!

Now for the "fun" part! Puzzling together each teacher's schedule and fitting my therapy times into the week! 
whiteboard...drafting the weekly schedule! 

From craziness on the a decent, typed draft! 

I tried a new system for getting feedback from the classroom teachers about the speech schedule. I attached a short note (on sped specific teal paper!) to a copy of the speech schedule and asked the teacher to check one box: 
  • This will work for my students...let's try it! 
  • This will not work for my students...let's reschedule! 
  • Let's visit!
left: original         right: what I've received back
I've received positive feedback so far!

...and this is a schedule from last year...all marked up with a crazy school-wide testing week! [Won't be long before my 'draft' turns into a marked up souvenir from a great week of therapy! :) ]
attendance, meetings, etc. all marked here!

Happy scheduling! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

IFSP progress note

Free Download of my IFSP Progress Note.  In my state, Individualized Family Service Plans are birth through 3 years. 
My initial notes are in the speech notes from the meeting are along the sides.

I use this for the 6 month IFSP meetings. I typically fill in my notes and make copies for the team members (parents, early childhood special education teacher, services coordinator, school district representative). I try to write this in very family-friendly terms.

I usually present my information informally and conversationally, then give them a copy for their records until they receive a final copy of the IFSP. (However, depending on the family's overall personality, I may give some families the copy as we walk through the notes.) 

I use my copy to write my own notes in, too, so everything is on one page as I later type up the IFSP final copy.

IFSP Progress Note  free download HERE

My team members (service provider, early childhood special ed teacher) have mentioned that they really appreciate getting this form at the meeting for their records.

IEP at a glance!

It's almost the beginning of the school year, and I've been working on my IEP at a Glance! This is downloaded as a free printable HERE

My teachers have often commented that they like the fact that this is a one-page form. Special education paperwork can be intimidating, and the IEP is no exception! I have gotten great feedback from teachers on this form.

The areas included are:
  • Student Information (name, diagnosis/verification, IEP/MDT dates) 
  • Current services (X the box)
  • Current Goal areas (X the box)
  • Testing/Classroom Accommodations (yes/no) 
  • Equipment Required (list any special equipment...picture schedules, etc)

I make photocopies of this form on our sped-designated teal paper (see TIP), then fill it in by hand. I try to hand deliver these to my teachers, not just put them in their mailboxes, so they 'see my face' and recognize that these students have something 'extra' for them to think about. 

 (TIP:  Our special education team uses the color teal to tell teachers: SPED paper!! Confidential!! Don't leave this sitting out and about!! no one else in the building uses our designated teal. Click "Read More" to see an example reminder paper we put in teacher mailboxes at the beginning of the school year.) 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Assessment Results Free Printable

 My first free printable (let's try this!), is the handout I use at MDT meetings to share testing results with parents.
Speech Language Assessment Results Handout

Your free download looks like this. You can input your own name and school/district information. Download in .doc format.

This has a basic bell-curve format, and I draw lines to indicate where the student scored. Some of these get a lot of additional information written in (e.g., I might add social skills notes, brief on-task classroom observations, or articulation sounds in error--though I usually give out a Iowa Nebraska norms sheet for that). I make an original with my notes, then make photocopies for the other team members. When I file my testing protocols and notes, I often have this page be my 'cover page,' paperclipped to the top of the pile and filed right behind my copy of the MDT report.
This one has a lot less information, due to the many meetings we had already had on this student.
Assessment results handout clipped on top of other assessment protocols.

I find that parents (and teachers!) appreciate the visual format of this handout. They also seem to appreciate that it is quick to read and interpret, and that I have summarized all the most important information for them.

During the meeting, I explain the results, using this as my visual, and always let them know that what we talk about will be typed up with additional details into a formal report that they can share with their pediatrician, childcare providers, other out-of-school therapists, etc. I love that I'm not just reading any part of the report, so the information comes out in a more conversational way and I can read the parents' reactions/nonverbals.

Get it HERE, through TeachersPayTeachers (free download).
Speech Language Assessment Results Handout