Now that you are all settled into your new speech and language room, you’ll have to find out who you are supposed to be seeing with all of those well-organized materials.
The first thing you’ll need to do is either print off a caseload list from whatever your caseload manager/IEP program is on your computer or maybe your special services department will print one for you. Either way, you need to get your hands on this information. Once you have your list, you are ready to go!
Here are the steps for organizing those students:
1. Find their files. The previous SLP should have left you all of the files for your students. This should contain at least the latest IEP. It may contain previous testing and testing protocols as well as notes on the student. I like to organize these files using recycled pieces of paper from the teacher workroom. I fold the paper in half so that the white side is facing out. Then, I place the reports/IEPs/other information into that folded half-sheet. On the folded edge of the paper, I write the information about what is contained in that section.
2. Make a hanging file for each student. I love to use those sticky file tabs from Post-It. Use your caseload checklist to make sure you have every student’s file accounted for. Place your student files into each slot. This drawer will be so organized that you will want to show it off!
3. Make a working file for each student. This file is completely separate from your file with all of the IEPs and testing. This is what you will use on a daily basis with your students. In my daily file folders, I like to keep a copy of the goal sheet and a data sheet. The goal sheet on the left makes it super easy to reference goals while I am working with students to make sure we are on the right track during sessions. I write the name of the student on the file tab in pencil so I can easily change it if I find out that the student goes by a different name than their legal name (ie., Nick instead of Nicholas). I also use this space to indicate which day (or days) of the week I see the student. I write this in pencil with a simple M T W Th F next to the student’s name. I use pencil so that I can easily use this file for a couple years and just change the day of the week each year.
4. Make a separate hanging file holder to store your daily working files. I like to have a hanging file for each day of the week. Then, after my schedule is made, I place the daily folder into the hanging file for the day of the week that I see the student (don’t worry, you’ll get to your scheduling soon).
Now you are ready to schedule those students. Hope you can use some of my tips for organizing those files!