For many SLPs, the CF year can be a rough one. After surviving my first few months as a CF in the schools, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my observations and experiences.
Things I wish I had known:
- Save your materials from graduate school! The earlier you start your material repertoire the better.
- Try to start developing a system to organize your materials (by disorder, by book title) from graduate school so that you can easily access them later.
- If you are planning to work in the school system, attend as many Individualized Education Planning (IEP) meetings during graduate school as possible. These meetings can be complicated. Get acquainted with the information that is presented during these meetings.
Things I’ve learned:
- Asking questions is a good thing. This is not graduate school. You don’t have to be afraid of not knowing the answer.
- Developing a consistent routine for your students is key. The behaviors of some of my most unruly therapy groups have finally improved after implementing a consistent routine.
- Everything will get easier and faster. Some things that took me several hours in the beginning of my CF year now take a fraction of the time.
Rebecca Eagleson, Bilinguistics Clinical Fellow