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Top 10 Tips for Battling Burnout as a School-Based SLP

Top 10 Tips for Battling Burnout as a School-Based SLP

It’s no secret that school-based SLPs can experience serious burnout. Growing caseloads, treating students with complex needs, a seemingly unending amount of paperwork, plus a possible lack of appreciation or understanding of our role are just some factors contributing to this issue. We may not be able to control all of these contributors to feeling overwhelmed, but we can do some things to improve our professional situation.

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Take care of yourself

As SLPs working in schools, we often feel like we’re on an island. Here are some things we can do to feel like we're a member of a tribe rather than the sole survivor:

Reaching out to teachers and administrators

While SLPs may find it frustrating to still hear so many misconceptions about our work from teachers and administrators, lamenting it won’t make much of a difference. Here are some ways we can help facilitate better understanding by our colleagues and supervisors:

Engage parent groups

Parent support groups often celebrate classroom teachers and other professionals during national appreciation weeks or days. Sometimes specialists like SLPs, who perhaps serve more than one school, go unacknowledged. Making overtures to the parent community can help. These ideas worked for me:

While our days are already hectic, taking some of these steps may reap professional benefits and help you feel more fulfilled in your job. What are some ways you help prevent burnout and build bridges in your school communities? Please share in the comments section below.

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Stacey Ellison Glasgow, MA, CCC- SLP, is associate director of ASHA's school services in speech-language pathology. sglasgow@asha.org

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