The Most Demanding Time of the Year!
Sitting down to write today's post, that old familiar favorite holiday tune by Andy Williams, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," popped into my head! Only right now for me, quite the opposite is true. Instead of sugarplums, I have IEP goals and progress monitoring dancing in my head! For now is the most demanding time of the year in the world of a preschool speech therapist.
Springtime in a 3-5 preschool setting designed for children with special needs = quarterly progress notes, end-of-the-month billing, an influx of re-evaluations and drafting annual IEPs, as well as helping to prepare paperwork for our 5-year-olds moving on to kindergarten. It all seems to come at once through the beautiful months of April, May and June. These past two weeks have been non-stop phone calls and emails, meetings with parents and IEP teams, preparing quarterly progress notes, and evaluating children for various reasons and at various skill levels. Although we all know that these duties are necessary (and usually more enjoyable!) aspects of being a preschool-based SLP, when the deadlines and added requests all come at the same time, the demands can begin to feel very overwhelming!
I write this grumble today not to add more stress and urgency to your mind but to share my own woes in hopes of providing solace. To remind those of you feeling the strain of drowning demands that you are not alone and to find comfort here in the words of a fellow SLP. Know that you are among the many - all out there doing the best we can, giving our time and dedication, hoping that it is enough.
This week the preschool where I work is closed for spring break, so there is a temporary respite from the hectic day-to-day. However, I did bring home with me a stack of paperwork, and I know the responsibilities that await when I return. In an attempt to manage it all, I am carefully mapping out my time and my duties so it will all be done well and on time.
Is this a busy time of year for you professionally? If so, share your own tips on how you manage the "Most Demanding Time of the Year"!