Yes!! We are in high demand but now that I am in the job, I feel like I am just a token position, that what I do is not valued. That said though, I am worn out with demanding teachers expecting to do more and more and more...
- Easy access to their special ed files (one of my sped teacher keeps their files in her room and they are a mess)
- Professional development money to support continuing education
- Established speech/language policies and procedures particularly with referrals and exiting
- Paying for ASHA dues
- Paying my licensing fees
- Kids that are receiving other services beyond communication - figuring out another primary disability
- Establishing collaboration times 2 -3 times a year among the other specialists (behavior, title, sped, ELD)
A friend of mine is working in rehab and I am seriously considering crossing over to the dark side as she called it. :-) The endless testing, paperwork, demanding teachers, too many kids, little support from administration...it's wearing on me. And my district has historically had a very difficult time retaining SLPs, you would think they would listen and start making changes.
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