Although it is just March, many of you know that May will be here before you know it. I wanted to share an idea that my coworkers and I used last year before the Kindergarten screening frenzy begins.
We decided at our district speech meeting that we wanted to do something different last year. Something that would actually catch the attention of our teachers where our attempts at little pamphlets had failed. The perfect solution.......SUGAR. We would attach a little fact about speech to a piece of candy. This way the teachers could talk among themselves about the fact they received.
The first step in the process is to find out how much candy you'll actually need. We were lucky enough to convince our EC director to find out how many staff worked at each school. She also bought us a large bag of Dum-Dums and asked the Life Skills students to cut out all of the little fact cards. They were even nice enough to attached the cards with the ribbon our lead SLP supplied. Once the Dum-Dums were distributed out to the schools, we each got to take on the role of the "Candy Fairy SLP". It was a pretty big hit at my school.
So if you are looking for a simple way to remind your teachers that we do more than just articulation, I suggest adding just a touch of something sweet.
You can grab your copy of the Better Speech & Hearing Month Dum-Dums here.