Sunday, October 11, 2015
Taking a Second SLP Job: Opening the Door to Possibilities
One thing I haven't written much about this year is taking on a second job. Last year, I completed my clinical fellowship in the schools. I had a pretty good experience, had a mentor who was very patient with me and all of my questions, and had a principal who supported special education. However, I had 70 students on my caseload to start the year that year and was constantly writing IEPs or attending meetings. I struggled with balance at first, but decided to work as hard as possible not to take work home so that I could have time with my husband and friends. My district ended up getting me some help, but I still had 55 kids on my caseload. It was still really busy. On top of that, they asked me to become building coordinator for the next year. I was excited to be getting more responsibility at school and gain some leadership experience. I knew it would be a lot on my plate, but I was excited about it.
So then, I went and got a second job starting this August. Actually, it kind of fell into my lap. A clinic emailed me and asked if I would like some evening hours. I accepted because it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. It would put me at a combined 40 hours of work a week with school and clinic hours. It would allow me one-on-one with kids and the opportunity to co-treat with occupational therapists. It would possibly open doors for the future for me. It would allow me to learn more about sensory and integrating movement and sensory activities into my therapy. It would allow me to learn more about autism. Ultimately, it was a way to keep my skills fresh in another setting. So, I said yes.
I know it's not for everyone, but I want to encourage you to think about it. Maybe it's PRN-ing at a SNF or a hospital. Maybe it's doing a few hours for your state's early intervention program.
It has turned out to be a great decision for me. I cannot wait to share more about it with you as I learn more and more!