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Getting Ready for 2014: 5 Professional Goals

Published December 31, 2013 7:53 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Every year when the first of January rolls around, I like to acknowledge this yearly opportunity to take stock of the past and also prepare for the future. For me, 2013 was an extremely busy year professionally. It was filled with new experiences and challenges, such as supervising a graduate student, re-entering the homecare setting while also remaining in preschool for half my day and learning all the new paperwork protocols for both programs.

All these novel experiences came with a learning curve. There have been times over the last year that I have felt quite overwhelmed with both paperwork and caseload. I often got behind with my written work while spending more time teaching and supervising my student and trying to balance two programs.

Now that another new year is on the horizon, I have compiled a list of my top 5 professional goals. Hope this helps you feel inspired to do the same!

  • Organize Paperwork - this past year, almost all our paperwork for both programs was generated on the computer. I created desktop folders to help me get organized, but there is still room for improvement!
  • Be More Timely with Paperwork - This has always been my greatest challenge. I'm guilty of procrastination, so as usual, this will continue to be a goal of mine!
  • Improve my Push-In Therapy - Over the last several weeks, my co-workers and I have been collaborating ways to improve on the "Letter/Sound of the Week" activities and how my language sessions can better support their curriculum. This will continue to be a developing goal for me, as it is one of my most favorite aspects of preschool therapy!
  • Improve Therapy for My Non-Verbal Students - I have several students on my caseload who are currently non-verbal, which are usually some of my most challenging sessions. I will be working hard to develop better therapy sessions for them and improving the homework sent home to help increase carryover.
  • Communicate More Efficiently with the Parents of My Preschool Students - In homecare I always feel as though my relationship with the parents is one of the most sacred aspects of therapy; however the preschool setting is very different. But we are still expected to communicate with families consistently, which makes this my fifth and final goal.

Please write in and share your personal and professional goals for 2014!

Please also make requests for blog topics for the New Year - your feedback is so valuable!


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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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