5 Grouping Tips for SLPs! Back to School- Organize Goals

The beginning of the school year can be so stressful!  I'm sharing hints that I've learned over my many years as an SLP. If you missed the first, catch it here.

What else are boring back to school meetings for?

This is a low tech tip that you can carry anywhere (especially to those boring beginning of the year meetings!)  I divide a sheet of paper into 8 sections by folding it and put a different goal area I need to address this year in each box, using general skill types rather than specific IEP goals. I fill in the names of students receiving group therapy in the boxes that fit their needs best. This lets me easily see who has goals in common, as well as what kind of materials I need to get out, prepare or go shopping for. 

Organizing your caseload- tip 2 from Looks-Like-Language

Goals for individual therapy or for students whose groups worked last year are abbreviated on the back of the list.
I make separate lists when I am in different schools or have students too disparate in ages/skill levels to group together.
I keep this low tech organizer tucked in a page protector with my other organizing sheets and schedules until I know the students and have worked out most of the kinks in my schedule.


I have gotten up to 15+ schedule revisions in some years where it just never settled down! What is the maximum number of schedule changes you have had? Why? Do you have any hints for how to keep this from happening? We'd all be so grateful if you let us in on the secret!
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