Homework, homework, who has homework? I do. I have always believed that it is important to have parent involvement when working as a SLP with a pediatric population. When I worked in an outpatient setting, it was easy to keep parents informed and give home suggestions as I saw the parents during every therapy session. Now that I have moved backed to a school setting, I am frustrated that parental contact is much more limited, making it harder to keep parents informed.
In an attempt to keep parents informed, I decided to send home monthly "Speech Room Updates" and homework suggestions. I try to keep this update to one page and give general suggestions for practicing speech and language skills at home. Each of my students also gets individualized homework suggestions sent home in their speech folder. I try to send home something at least once per week, but I don't always have the time to create individualized homework for every student.
Over the last 2 weeks, I have been sending home my October Update and decided to share it with my readers. It is geared toward a preschool population, however, you could also use it for elementary school students. If you would like a copy, you can find it here. Here is a copy of the homework I sent home in September.
How do you keep your parents informed and involved in speech/language therapy? If you have a system that works for you, we'd love to hear about it.
That's all from me for today. Until next time...