Just about 5 years ago, a few of us were talking about caseload frustrations and came up with a list of quick ideas that SLPs could use to reduce their workloads. We made a little SlideShare with our tips and set it loose on the internet in the hopes that it would help our fellow clinicians. It quickly became one of our most popular posts and, sadly, most of the content has remained relevant over the years. What hasn’t remained relevant is SlideShare (!), and there are some aspects of that content that just aren’t a good look in 2020. Time for an update, and so an update we present! Here’s the new and improved content, now in video format!
Some key differences in this update:
- We reduced the number of tips from 10 to 8. Some of the ideas we previously had weren’t necessarily bad, but they weren’t exactly fantastic, either. SLPs don’t need to be told to “maximize every minute” any more than they need to be reminded to breathe. If anything, this goes against our own core value of Practice Work-Life Balance, for Pete’s sake! We also took out the idea to “do data differently.” This is one area where our profession has evolved quite a bit in the last 5 years and it seemed sort of silly to include it as a way to balance your workload.
- We’ve learned a lot since 2015 about the negative impact of using ableist and gendered words and phrases. We’ve always tried to be conscious of our word choices and certainly, no ill-intentions were present back then. But it is impact, not the intention, that matters, so we’ve removed the word “insanity” and taken out the “teach a man to fish” reference.
- We re-framed a couple of tips to take into consideration the evolution of RTI and the movement to practice at the top of our licenses.
- Dogs. Nothing profound about this choice. We just like ’em and they make us smile.
We’re aware that the reality of SLP life in the schools today means that none of these workload reduction tips are likely to radically change your life. The real reduction will only come from systemic changes within our profession, our districts, and our state and federal governing bodies. Our hope is that the video might hold a small nugget that will make things a little better and will help you take better care of your students and yourself. And if nothing else, we hope the pups make you smile, too 🙂