Whether students are returning after a long summer vacation or after the winter holidays, there is always something invigorating about back-to-school preparations. It’s one of the best parts about being a school speech therapist.
Of course, getting back into the swing of a daily schedule isn’t all fun. Working as a school SLP has its challenges.
Making plans and incorporating some new tools into your usual lineup will help make the transition more enjoyable for everyone.
If you’re ready to start your career as a school psychologist, you might be wondering about the kinds of questions you’ll face in an interview.
School psychologist interview questions vary, covering everything from educational background and experience to how you would handle certain situations. Here’s an idea of what you can expect in an interview and some sample questions to help you prepare.
Educating children with special needs can be challenging, but finding a qualified candidate for the job may be just as difficult.
Special education teachers play an important role in the lives of students with special needs, helping them thrive academically and socially. But, the special education teacher shortage makes it difficult to ensure these students get the customized attention they need in the classroom.
If you already work as a school-based occupational therapist, you probably know how rewarding it can be. Therapists help children reach their academic potential, but that’s not all. They also make a difference in a child’s overall wellbeing.
Although working as a school-based OT is fulfilling, it can also be stressful and has many challenges. Unfortunately, some therapists become burnt-out from the stress. Understanding why burnout occurs and what you can do to prevent it can help you stay on the right track. (more…)
Whether you’re working as an occupational therapist or speech-language pathologist in a school setting, it can be challenging to understand the best way to treat a student who is hyperactive, fidgety, or unfocused. Some children with certain conditions, such as Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder, may have sensory processing issues, which results in a decreased attention span.
In some cases, even children who don’t have a diagnosis of either condition can have trouble remaining still long enough to cooperate and get through therapy. In fact, one of the reasons some kids are referred to occupational therapy is because they have trouble sitting still in class.
Before you can develop strategies to help your students, try to identify the reason behind their inability to focus and learn how to more effectively engage with students who have ADHD. (more…)
Working as a physical therapist in a school setting is interesting, fulfilling and at times challenging. School physical therapists guide students and their families through a treatment plan that may be aimed at improving endurance, range of motion, coordination, balance, or strength.
The work of a school-based physical therapist is vital to help children overcome physical issues that may interfere with their social, emotional and academic development. Working as a school PT is not always an easy job. Having certain skills can make it easier to succeed. Consider some of the following useful skills for school-based physical therapists. (more…)
If you are transitioning from a clinic or hospital-based physical therapist job to a school-based PT job, you may have an idea about how these physical therapy settings are different. After all, you know you will be working with children and teens in an educational environment as opposed to a clinical setting. Although the foundations of your responsibilities as a physical therapist are similar, there are also many differences to be aware of. Consider some of the following questions and answers regarding the differences between clinically-based and school-based PT work. (more…)
As schools prepare to return for the upcoming school year, school-based professionals can certainly anticipate additional adjustments than in previous years. With a focus on adjusting to a new normal, schools will need to prioritize how to acclimate to these changes, ensuring that they are offering adequate support and leadership to students. We have put together a list of ways schools can look ahead to the upcoming school year, with help from Sunbelt Staffing.
If you’re an occupational therapist, speech therapist, or physical therapist trying to move into school-based therapy, there are several things to consider. Although experience as a therapist in a hospital, nursing home, or rehab setting is helpful, working in a school setting is different. But with the right game plan and advanced planning, you can transition into school-based therapy. Consider some of the following suggestions: (more…)