I’m so excited to be visiting Speech to the Core to let you peek into a Day in the Life of ME! I’m Jenna Rayburn. I’m a school-based SLP from Columbus, Ohio. Specifically, I work in a preschool full time. I do three days of treatment and two days of assessment team.
I write the blog Speech Room News. I love sharing ideas online and recently spoke at the ASHA convention in Denver. Creating new ways to reach out to SLPs keeps me busy. Here’s a peek at my typical Wednesday!
5:40 Hey, what’s that horrible sound? Hit, snooze. Listen to Cooper (the cutest puppy ever) bark for five minutes before I finally forget the snooze and get out of bed. Feed Cooper, shower, coffee, work to tame the curls. Grab something to eat and wonder how 80 minutes can go so fast in the morning!
7:00 Out the door with Cooper and a coffee. I take Cooper to a doggy daycare a few days a week. It is run by two special educators that I used to work with. They quit their jobs to go for their big dream and opened Pathways to Independence, a job coaching program for people with special needs. They run Karma’s Kennel as on-the-job training. How amazing right? Cooper comes home exhausted every time.
7:30 Arrive at work. I have to be ready for evals at 8 am so check email, prep my materials, gather my protocols.
8:00 Staffing meeting. I completed about 100 play-based evaluations for my district last year. We complete evaluations one morning per week. Our team consists of two psychologists, an ECIS (early childhood intervention specialist), OT, PT, SLP, and APE teacher. We get background information from the psychologist because they have already done a home visit. We make general plans for the assessment time.
8:30 Play-based evaluation. Two students to be evaluated and their parents go into a classroom set up for evals. We bring 4 typical peers from the classrooms down and play until 9am. I make observations using my play-based evaluation forms.
9:00 Complete individual assessments for both children. You can read about my assessments here in a blog post I wrote at the beginning of this school year.
11:00 ETR. We usually complete Evaluation Team Meetings immediately following the assessments so I have to be ready to report on scores and qualifications right now. Sometimes making that decision is that hardest part for me!
12:00 Lunch! The evaluation team makes a point to go have lunch out together if we can. It’s a Wednesday treat and we usually need it after a long and stressful morning.
1:00 Staffing. We meet and determine goals for each student. We discuss strengths/needs and develop a plan. We also discuss our classroom recommendation, which the IEP team will then discuss at the IEP team meeting for an IEP team decision.
1:30-3:30 ETR/IEP writing time. I usually get one report done during this time and need to finish the other report in between therapy other days.
3:30 Bus Duty. There is no I in Bus Duty! and more paperwork.
4:00 I usually head out around 4 to grab Cooper.
5:00 Date night! Grabbed something yummy with the boyfriend. I love to cook but only when the mood strikes me.
7:00 Tonight’s agenda includes responding to about 15 emails, editing a Spin and Speak Snowman item and working on my AAC Word of the Week packet for next month. I usually complete two hours of Speech Room News related work every night. I’m a TV junky (and I can admit it). Tonight I’m watching The Voice from my DVR.