much2say, yes I have heard that from teachers too - that my job is easy. I even had one teacher ask about going to grad school to become a SLP. When I told her I went to over 120 meetings last year, she changed her mind about it being easier. I know teachers have their hands full too, but it is very different to what we are doing, in my opinion and not nearly as demanding in the sheer number of testing and paperwork requirements I have.
And subs.....I finally broke down and have been requesting a retired teacher I have become friends with. My district is okay with me finding a SLP sub but how do I do that? Every SLP I know is working. I have the sub teacher work with most, but not all, of my kids because I just don't trust a non-SLP to work with my severe kiddos. I figure they are probably better off just missing a day.
I wish the working conditions weren't so bad in schools out there. A long time SLP told me that caseload has been an issue as long as she has been a SLP, about 30 years. That is sad and I don't quite understand why ASHA and the state organizations don't do something about it.
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