I utilize the top of the form to outline what we practiced and the bottom part to assign homework. It only takes me a couple of minutes to fill out the form. I write the date at the top and circle the appropriate items or pictures. I typically fill out the forms at the end of my sessions when my students are cleaning up and selecting their stickers for their sticker charts. I don't send new homework every time I send an update. Sometimes I write simple statements like, "continue practicing k words." Some days I am pressed for time and I don't fill out the update sheets. I usually try to send at least one update home per week. So far, I have gotten all positive feedback from my students' parents about the updates. Many of them have even taken the time to write me a quick note telling me, "thank you so much for the updates."
If you would like a copy of my form for your personal use, you can find it here. The symbols I used are from www.lessonpix.com. If you don't already subscribe to LessonPix, you really should. I use the web site for everything from symbols for AAC to visual schedules to articulation practice sheets. I also frequently use the web site to create visuals to accompany my monthly themes, as well as visuals to accompany my literacy units and books.
How to you keep parents informed about your therapy sessions? Do you also send home written updates? We would love for you to share your thoughts or ideas.
That's all from me for today. Until next time...