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Serious brain overload

I attended the first Special Ed training today, and my brain is tired from whirling all day. The meeting consisted of:

Meeting new team members--fun
Singing our official song--dumb but fun
Learning about changes to documents that I had no idea existed
Receiving a new test--the PLS-4 way cool! We SLPs love our tests!!
Receiving mounds of forms and a speech handbook
Getting a list of kids on my caseload with all their dates

There were many types of specialists at the meeting, so I will define the acronyms now:

LSSP--school psychologist--in charge of behavioral issues and academic counseling
Diag--diagnostician--in charge of academic testing and coordinating special ed testing on all kids (except speech-only kids)
OT--occupational therapist--works with fine motor skills, especially handwriting, living skills and feeding (in combo with SLP)
PT--physical therapist--works with large motor groups, especially walking and stabilizing

In my district, we have one full-time SLP (me) and a full-time diagnostician. The other specialists are part-time. I plan to become very friendly with the diagnostician. She has one office day a week at the co-op, whereas I am at my campuses all week. Therefore, she becomes a communication link between me and the co-op, bringing forms and tests when needed. She is also an expert at doing ARDs, so I will definitely need her advice!

I learned our co-op does provide limited speech services to kids who are in private school or who are homeschooled. I have 45 kids on my case load, which includes mostly pre-school and elementary kids. I have 1 high school student and 2 middle school students. 1 child is autistic, and one has mental retardation (MR). That's all I know so far. I'll know more once I get to my school and read their files.

I'm sure there is more I could write, but I am exhausted. My husband has to leave town again; his mother is not well. Next week my kids start school. I have stepped back on the moving sidewalk of full-time employment. I hope I can keep up!


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Aug. 8th, 2002 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're getting to the really meaty stuff so soon. I'll look forward to hearing the school song.

Aug. 9th, 2002 05:37 am (UTC)
I didn't know we still used the phrase "mentally retarded". I thought that was politically incorrect and had been replaced by a phrase with more syllables - or several different phrases.
Aug. 9th, 2002 08:11 pm (UTC)
Usually, I have seen it referred to as "MR" in the school system instead of the full phrase to avoid any insult. I'm not sure what the official phrase is. I'll have to ask around. We do love our initials though; most things are referred to by initials.
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