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Speech/Language Activities for the week of April 20th

Apr
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Looking for some speech and language activities to implement with your child this week?  Check out this newsletter, 4_20 SLP Newsletter,  created by 4J School District SLPs.  

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Closure due to COVID-19

Mar
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Hi, everyone.  Thanks for coming to check out my webpage.  I am going to post supplementary materials here that you can use with your child while school is closed.  I have also updated my contact info.  While the closure is in effect I’ll be using a Google Voice number as my work number (541-357-6961).  You can call or text that number or email me at watson_s@4j.lane.edu during this time.  

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SLP Scheduler

Sep
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Making a therapy schedule at the beginning of the year is the bane of any school-based SLP’s existence.  You have to take into account the main school schedule, classroom teacher’s individual schedules, each child’s specific disability, which children work well together, which classroom they are in, the type of therapy they need, how many students you have to see, how many children you can fit into your office at once, etc., etc., etc.  It makes you CRAZY.

This year, at an attempt to avoid the craziness, I tried out a new web-based program called SLP Scheduler.    You enter in all the info I have listed above (and much, much more) press the Schedule! button, and 15 minutes to 8 hours later, you have up to 5 possible schedules to choose from.  There is a bit of a learning curve to get the information in correctly but the website gives plenty of advice and tips to avoid making mistakes.  Saturday morning, I received a personal email from Jonathan, SLP Scheduler founder and husband to an SLP, who provided information on changes I could make to  my data to make the Scheduler run smoother.  He also cheered me on, letting me know I was on the right track.  I really appreciated this!

I couldn’t completely avoid manually scheduling some of my therapy sessions, mostly due to the therapeutic model I use for some sessions, but using the Scheduler is making a difference in my sanity.  For the first time in my career, scheduling is fun and kind of exciting!  I like pressing the Schedule! button at night and then checking in the morning to see possible schedules.  It’s the little things in life, right?

If you are interested in trying SLP Scheduler out, I’d give yourself 4-5 days to get all your information in the first time around- it’s pretty detailed and as you run the Scheduler you will probably make adjustments as you see your results.  But now that I have all of my preferences in, I think scheduling will be much less stressful.

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Welcome!

Mar
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My name is Shelley Watson and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Eugene 4J School District. ┬áIf you have any questions for me, please contact me at your child’s school or send me an email at watson_s@4j.lane.edu

Shelley Watson, MA CCC-SLP

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