I have some productive and efficient strategies to help with planning your speech therapy sessions in the new year! In my last episode, I talked all about time management strategies that SLPs can implement in their day-to-day lives to become more organized.
Today, I will be sharing different strategies that you can begin implementing to seamlessly plan your speech therapy sessions. Be sure to check out this two-part series!
Here are a few different strategies you can begin implementing right now in order to help you better manage your time and plan your speech therapy sessions.
1. Plan Your Therapy Sessions by Outlining Activity Ideas:
Make a list of the top 10 activities you use most frequently in your therapy sessions. Once you write down the most-used activities, you can then break down each one and write down all of the goals and strategies you can target with each activity.
Being able to outline activity ideas before sessions will help you be able to just walk into a room and dive right into the session without extensive written plans.
2. Theme/Curriculum-based Session Planning:
Planning sessions around themes provides you with a more focused idea of where to take your therapy sessions. Thematic approaches in speech therapy involve selecting a theme and then highlighting this theme through various activities and lessons. The theme can be carried throughout an entire therapy session or even multiple therapy sessions.
In this episode, I will be sharing ideas on how to incorporate themes within planning. Use these ideas to start organizing lesson plans around themes so you can use those materials in future years and continue to build upon all of your materials.
3. Using The Digital SLP® Monthly Roadmap to Plan Your Speech Therapy Sessions
The Monthly Roadmap feature on The Digital SLP site provides members with the whole month’s speech therapy sessions, mapped out with resource recommendations that are each hand-picked by our team. All of the pre-planned resources are listed by week and placed under 5 main categories:
- Phonology & apraxia
- Social skills
- Language & literacy
With just one click, you will be taken directly to the recommended resource. This makes it much easier for you to locate the resources and decreases the time it takes to plan your sessions as you don’t have to do all the searching yourself!
All of these resources on The Digital SLP site can be used during teletherapy sessions as well as in-person sessions! Check out my podcast episode from October 5th titled How and Why to Use Digital Resources in Person to give you ideas on why and how to use digital resources during in-person therapy sessions.
Some of these strategies may take time to implement, but you can continue to build upon them so that next year and the year after will flow much more smoothly and efficiently!