Hello and Happy New Year!
Shanda and I are very happy to be back this month to post during this New Year’s Resolution-themed linky party with our SLP friends from the The Frenzied SLP FB group! We are all posting today about one thing that we are all going to try to do in the new year to make our lives as frenzied SLPs easier.
So, this is what we have both decided to do- get better organized at the speech therapy clinic! We have already started on this big task by working at cleaning up our clinic office space this past weekend. We spent about five hours there on Saturday and Sunday going through our office, therapy and storage spaces. We decided to do this to help bring in a more organized new year!
We think that organizing all of our supplies will make our very hurried speech therapy lives much easier. For example, we will spend less time looking for what we need and more time just treating our students. We will of course also present a cleaner, more professional environment too. That’s important when you work in a clinical setting. Our clients and their families expect to see a dust free, clutter free, and organized treatment area.
Here are some of the jobs that we tackled this weekend. We alphabetized our articulation flashcards into our wall mounted pocket storage organizer. This makes finding articulation cards for each student quick and easy! We just walk over to our wall and pull down our needed sound for games such as Memory Match, Go Fish, War, and or to just be used as word examples during articulation targeted game play.
We also re-organized some of our games that we store inside of our treatment room. Look at the mess in the first picture. Oh my!! We know what you are thinking…
We organized each game on top of each other by size and a few others that we thought that we weren’t going to use right away were stored in our storage room. Now our games might not come tumbling down on our heads when we pull one down! We can just slide it out and hold the others back while doing so. This makes life a bit safer and easier. 🙂
We have been busy labeling everything too. Here are some samples of some labels that we have put on our shelves. Labels are helpful for knowing where to file things that have been taken out and for anyone else that needs to know where we have stored materials on a certain topic, disorder or medical diagnosis.
This is a picture of another cabinet that has games stored on the top of it. We put them in stacks by size and put the loose games that are not in a box in the white tub. Tubs are nice for taking down and moving around. We have two treatment rooms so we are always moving things from one place or another. The tub helped to make things look a bit neater up there too.
And here is a picture of some of the things that we went through and tossed or donated. We asked ourselves, “Did we use that this past year?” If we didn’t, we said it has got to go! There’s only so much room and we need to clear it out! We were happy to donate some of these things to the Salvation Army and we also saved a few things for the students that we see to see if they would like to take a game or two home.
So that is our goal for the new year! We are going to continue to try to organize our office and therapy room spaces when we have extra time. We thought that a good goal would be to pick a place that needs to be gone through once a week and to make sure that we go through it and continue as we have. Here is our process:
- Look at it, analyze its need for therapy use, if not needed, donate or throw away.
- If we need it, to put it back in a neat and organized manner.
- We will label the item or area and not put other materials not related to it the same storage space.
Wish us luck!! If we are successful, we just may be able to help reduce the stress a bit in our frenzied SLP life! : )
Have a very happy and healthy 2016 and thank you for stopping by Twin Speech to read our latest post with the Frenzied SLPs. Don’t forget to follow the whole linky to pick up other great tips to help make your new year less frenzied!
Manda & Shanda, SLPs
Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC
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