Most SLPs have been lied to…

productivity hacks for slps

Okay…maybe those are strong words. But you’ve definitely been misled.

When you decided to become an SLP, you probably heard people talk about how rewarding this career is.

You may have also heard how good the job market is for SLPs, or that you’d be able to find work where you wanted when you wanted it once you were licensed and ready to go.

productivity hacks for slps; fighting slp burnout

But I bet there were things they didn’t tell you. That they didn’t teach you in school. 

Like the fact that most people in your work setting would be clueless about your areas of expertise and you’d feel totally isolated in “the speech room.”

Or that caseload numbers, productivity, and budget would trump what’s best for students; which meant you’d get dumped on and quality of therapy would go down the toilet.

Or maybe you didn’t realize that paperwork and planning needs would pile up and spill over in to your free time.

You know, all that “free time” people think we have when they say things like, “Must be nice to have the whole summer off and all those breaks during the school year.” 

(as we restrain ourselves to keep from punching them in the face)

language therapy techniques; language disorders; fighting slp burnout

I bet no one told you that you’d get thrown to the wolves and feel burnt out and frustrated as soon as you got in the to the real world of being an SLP.

To make matters worse, we’re often told that this is just “the way it is when you’re an SLP.”

That we have to accept it. That if we’re going to be successful therapists we have to sacrifice other things that we want.

But I’m about to let the cat out of the bag.

The idea that we need to lay down and accept this is simply not true.

You don’t have to go through your career feeling like you’ve treading water, on the edge of a breakdown.

This isn’t the way it has to be, and anyone who tells you otherwise…well they’re just saying that because they haven’t found a better way; or they don’t want to admit to themselves that they need to change their habits.

They’ve accepted the status quo, but you don’t have to.

There’s a better, more efficient, way to handle your therapy so you aren’t teetering on the edge of burnout…and it’s not what you think.

The “magic” answer is not getting another degree or certification.

It’s not in buying a new app, or more therapy games and materials.

The answer may not even be in lobbying to your administrators to change your caseload requirements.

Sure, all of these things will help…but there’s a deeper, underlying issue here that won’t go away unless you address it head on.

The problem is that you don’t have a SYSTEM. 

What does this have to do with you, and your language therapy? Everything.

We have an unlimited amount of willpower to get through the day, and it gets chipped away with every little decision we make.

Each time we have to make a choice, we use valuable resources we could be using elsewhere.

If we don’t have some starting framework for our treatment, we end up leaving too many things up in the air, which means each case takes more work.

Over time, we wear ourselves out starting from scratch every single day. Then we have no energy left for the important decisions in our career and personal lives.

David Allen, a productivity expert for CEOs and successful leaders calls this “Decision-Making Fatigue.”

Without a good system, you’re bound to experience this productivity killer…which will send you down the road to burn-out…and fast.

This is straight where I was headed when I started out, and my “language therapy planning” consisted of grabbing random crap off my shelves right before my students got in to the room because I wasn’t sure what to do next. I was always too exhausted to sit down and figure it out.

Which obviously lead to my therapy being a chaotic mess.

That is, until I learned to prioritize through years of trial and error, and creating a system for choosing the right things to focus on in therapy.

The central theme is focused on vocabulary, one of the key predictors to academic success and strong reading skills.

One of the first steps in this process is picking the right words, and I lay it out in this free training here: 

I’d love to share it with you 🙂

tier 2 vocabulary; school speech therapy; language therapy techniques

 

 

DrKaren

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