Speech therapy info handout for teachers and parents. Guide covers common disorders with tips for teachers and parents.
With so much paperwork to sign and send home at IEP meetings, it makes sense to adopt a less is more attitude when it comes to handouts. You can always direct people to specific organizations and materials later if you want.
A speech therapy guide that covers a "big picture" of the common disorders helps teachers and parents understand what they experience when they interact with the child. Often the people that spend the most time with the child notice things we don't. A handout (combined with a conversation) is also a great way to emphasize the consistent understanding, practice, and encouragement a child needs throughout the day in order to make progress toward speech therapy goals.
To assemble this guide for teachers and parents, make a one page handout with the disorders on the front of the page and the questions and answers on the back. You might want to make 30 or so handouts at a time and toss them into whatever bag you take with you to meetings. Since this gives information about 4 different areas, you’ve covered a lot of the questions you are likely to encounter. Hey, look at you, all organized and prepared… Now, go do something nice for yourself to reward your cleverness.
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Amanda Dugan, MS, CCC-SLP is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She works full-time as a school SLP in North Carolina. Amanda has experience serving as Lead SLP and has spent more than 10 years molding young minds. She’s provided speech therapy to all ages of children, from toddlers to teens, and especially enjoys "tweens". Amanda is the creator of the blog Tween Speech Therapy. You can subscribe to her email newsletter by clicking here.