I’ve been following along with Lyndsey’s “A Day in the Life…” series all year long! I’m super excited to participate, especially as this year is drawing to a close. One thing that I’ve learned is that I’m not alone. I’m definitely not the only SLP up to her ears in paperwork and play-doh! haha
My name is Scarlett Stamper, M.A., CCC-SLP… but no worries, you can just call me Scarlett! You may also know me as Speech Is Sweet, I author a little speech therapy blog and have a Teachers Pay Teachers store. I’m a K-2 speech-language pathologist in the Greater Cincinnati area and my days look a little something like this:
6:45am: The alarm is the bane of my existence. I’m a full-fledged night owl and often don’t feel fully awake until at least 9:00pm… so the alarm sucks away my soul. I hit snooze.
7:00am: I relent. I get up and get dressed. I wake up with only enough time to dress, wash my face, brush my teeth, and scribble on some eyeliner! Luckily, I’m only about a 15 minute drive from work! I scurry out the door around 7:20am-ish… During these manic 20 minutes or so, my cats watch me in awe. haha
7:45am-8:15am: Duty. I’m assigned to courtyard duty. I greet hundreds of students as they enter the courtyard and mosey on into school. I ensure that students get safely inside, but mainly.. I just say “hello” or “good morning” over and over. It’s all fun and games until winter hits. Here’s a little peek at my view:
8:30am: This is when things get real. The morning announcements are over and the day is finally underway. I run my therapy sessions on 30 minute intervals. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have therapy sessions from 8:30am-12:30pm back-to-back. On other days, the first hour of the day is spent doing observations/screenings/evaluations or if I’m lucky, I have time to plan and do paperwork.
My caseload is currently 51 or so. I have a great mixture of students! I have lots of articulation groups, language groups, and five students using AAC. My therapy sessions are varied. I may be doing play-based therapy in one of my carpet areas or using bingo daubers at the therapy table!
This is the play area. I have baskets and a shelf full of toys. I’m hoping to get a play kitchen in the near future too! #toygoals … You can see that I’m also in the process of assembling an articulation word wall (by Nicole Allison)! I’m super excited to get rid of the all-white wall. Yes, it’s December and my speech room still isn’t 100% complete! haha.. It’s been at 80% since the first week of August. As soon as my students started coming through the doors, I got sidetracked.
I also have another carpet area like this one on the other side of my room. I sometimes use that area for story time.
I conduct many of my therapy sessions at my table:
12:30pm: Lunch time! I mosey on down to the the teachers’ lounge and throw my lean cuisine in the microwave. I usually treat myself to a Diet Dr. Pepper from the vending machine too! It’s the little things in life.
1pm: On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I have a half-hour set aside for medicaid billing. This does not ever get done. I’m usually scrambling to complete paperwork or schedule meetings. Medicaid is the dark cloud hovering over my life! It always falls to the bottom of my to-do list. haha
1:30pm-3:00pm: The rest of my day is jam-packed with more therapy sessions, IEP meetings, PLCs, RTI, screenings, and a million other things. My day definitely goes by super fast!
3:00pm: I begin the long and arduous journey of leading 40+ students through the courtyard. We then trek through the playground, down the sidewalk, and onto the bus! haha! My bus duty is usually over around 3:15pm, but sometimes the bus is late and I don’t make it back to my speech room until 3:30pm or after!
3:15pm-4:00pm: I’ll usually stay after school for 30-45 minutes to prepare materials for the next day or do some more paperwork. Honestly, I’m going to have to start spending a little more time after school soon! I’ve had a million IEP meetings lately and I’m drowning in paperwork and medicaid, but nevertheless, I’m usually gone by 4pm. It’ll all get done.. eventually. haha
4:00pm: I’ll either stop by my mom’s house for dinner or swing by Chipotle! I don’t cook.
5:00pm: Time to zone-out! I usually spend a solid hour parked in front of the TV. Netflix, Hulu, oh my! I usually cuddle with one of my cats during this time too. Crazy cat lady for life!
6:00-11:00pm: This truly varies, but I usually spend this chunk of time creating speech therapy materials! I have such a passion for creating! It’s a creative outlet for me and it’s my favorite hobby. During this time you can find me lounging on my couch or in bed with my laptop. I’ll also have the TV on in the background! I love watching sports, so I usually tune into ESPN! My boyfriend works third shift, so it’s really just the cats and I during the week. Here’s my view most nights:
11:00pm: My day starts to wind down. I shower and get ready for bed! I try not to think about the alarm that’s in my very near future!