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The first day of speech.  In the past, this was probably one of my most stressful days of the year!  I didn’t like it because I really didn’t have a plan. I had that ‘deer in the headlights’ look.


It was the first day, I mean I couldn’t just jump into therapy.  Should I do an ice breaker? Should I get baselines? These and many more thoughts swirled in my head.  Well, now I have a pretty good routine for the first day and I wanted to share what I do.  

First, things first, I get organized.   I have prepped speech folders with my kid’s names on them. You can see my tip for that HERE. I have copies of my note to parents and handouts with helpful tips and information.  The note to parents can be found in my Speech Therapy Organization and Data Binder/Planner.  The speech handouts are FREEBIES from Super Power Speech.


I also have copies of my activity that my kid will do while I am passing out folders and papers.  This Back to School Foldable Minibook  *cough* it’s a freebie * cough * was my activity last year at it worked great!


Once the kids finish their books, we go around and share what they included.  This is a chance for me to learn a little about my new kids and catch up with my kids from last year. By the time everyone is done sharing it is time to go.

That’s it. The next few sessions after are spent getting to know my kids and gathering some baseline information.

What do you do on the first day?



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Meet Maureen

Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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2 Responses

    1. Hi Beth,
      I like to use Natalie Snyders Progress Monitoring tools. They are great check points throughout the year.

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