In this episode, Stacey Richey, SLP, talks about her work with kids from preschool right through to sixth grade with varying needs and disabilities. Listen to Stacy talk about the challenges of having to know a little bit of everything as an SLP, and how she manages scheduling across different groups in a moderately sized elementary school. She also talks about the importance of having fun, and has some great suggestions for keeping track of the special moments that happen as a school-based SLP!
Discussion & Reflection Question
- As an SLP, how do you, or would you, work with an SLP assistant or technician to help manage your caseload?
- If you’re working in a school with a three-one model, what do you schedule into one week in four you do not see kids?
- How can you connect with teachers and other services to find good times to see kids?
- How and what can you do to ensure you take a little time out during the day to recharge, especially if and when you feel overwhelmed?
- How do you remember and record those fun and special moments that happen working with kids?
“There are so many joys from this job. We talk about the pains, the challenges, the paperwork, the scheduling, all that stuff, but these kids make it so worth it to me. We all want to be successful SLPs. We want to help kids. We love them, and we want them to feel it, but we also want to have fun!”
– Stacey Richey
Stacey Richey MS, CCC-SLP
Stacey has been an SLP in Utah’s public schools for the past 10.5 years. Her caseload size has ranged from 45 to 92 students (in preschool-6th grades), so she knows how hard it can be to see and plan for all of them! She has worked for two different districts at five different schools. When she’s not doing 5-Minute articulation therapy, she loves using themes and literacy. She has worked with special education preschool units, small group kindergarten classes, and autism units. She LOVES treating articulation, phonological disorders, and early language skills.
When Stacey’s not working, she loves baking, doing jigsaw puzzles, watching movies, and playing sports. She and her husband have been married for almost 12 years and have a five year old little girl.
Stacey created a store on Teachers Pay Teachers two years ago so she can help SLPs like you be more confident and learn to enjoy group therapy.
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Katie Widestrom-Landgraf, MS, CCC-SLP
Katie is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in both medical and educational settings for over 20 years. She presently works with adolescents in a large suburban high school.
Katie is a past president of the Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association (MNSHA). She has collaborated with the MN Dept. of Education to expand the understanding of oral language as critical neurodevelopmental infrastructure for academic achievement processes.
Katie is most passionate about helping students develop their language skills as a tool for thought, wonderment, questioning and curiosity…and of course communication. When Katie is not working with the students on her caseload, she is still working with students to develop their communication and self-expression as a high school forensics coach.
Katie enjoys great conversations and connections where one loses a sense of time, fabulous dining experiences, transcendent cups of coffee and books that are so good she negotiates with her alarm clock so that she might finish just one more chapter.
Contact Katie Widestrom-Landgraf
“Stacey’s advice is not just for folks considering a transition, but for all of us who have maybe even been doing this for a while! I agree that having a feeling of manageability is incredibly important, and the idea of being okay with everything not being perfect, and choosing one thing, a couple of things at a time that you want to focus on, versus trying to get all of the things just right, right away.”
– Katie Widestrom-Landgraf
Mattie Murrey Tegel, MA, CCC-SLP, L, CPC, CLSC
Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Founder of Fresh SLP
Mattie Murrey-Tegels is the founder and SLP behind Fresh SLP and The Missing Link for SLPs Podcast. She’s been “in-the-trenches” as a medical SLP around the world for over 25 years and now an Assistant Professor for 3 years. She is thrilled to be adding this dream of a podcast because paying her experiences forward is something she is very passionate about. If you ask her patients and students, one thing they will remember is how much she loves her job! She may not look like it but she is a huge introvert and when she is not actively working as an SLP, she is almost always reading, writing (writing over 1,000,000 words a year), or listening to amazing Chicago Blues bands. She also loves being outdoors and definitely enjoys soaking up the sun at her home in Minnesota, where warm and sunny days can be limited. She’s ridden motorcycles for many years, raced sled dogs, hiked huge mountains yet she cherishes the quiet moments of climbing into a hammock to nap or timeless conversations with friends and family.
The Missing Link for SLPs podcast and Fresh SLP is her legacy, giving back to a career that has so richly rewarded her.
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