Last month I was sick for 3 days, had 2 no-school days and I now have teachers near panicking about making up therapy. I also moved for the second time this year from a large classroom to a small closet that has our sensory room attached to it. I have been told if they need the sensory room, that has to take precedence over speech...as they have to march through my tiny space to get to it. That's fine on occasion but I am sure teachers will be wanting make up time. I have no clone and no one seems aware of the massive amounts of paperwork I am required to do.
I am currently testing 16 children and I am tired. Some of those are simply because the children don't qualify and again I am clearing kids off my case load that transferred in.
I will finish out this year but will not return to this school next year.
I have been working for 3 years in public schools now and am so dismayed at how little support speech/language gets. I don't quite understand why these issues of caseload, excessive meetings and large paperwork requirements aren't addressed by ASHA. It seems truly ridiculous and as if our profession has little credibility among other professionals.
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