Managing Related Services

The common question this time of year is "How many days do you have left?".  Well, I do know the answer (9, including the teacher workday) however, I also know that I am already planning for next year.  Knowing that I am not alone in this, I thought this post about how I remember who goes to which related service may help you get a head start in getting ready for the 2016-2017 school year.

                                                                                                                                               One of the more confusing things for me is figuring out and remembering who has which related service (OT, PT, speech, Vision, etc.) when.  I also have a few students who go to services outside of school so I need to remember when they might be leaving early or come in late.

To combat all of this confusion I made this chart.   On the left are the days of the week and on the top are the different services.  Each student is assigned a different color sticky note.  We put the student's initials and the time of the  service on the sticky note and then just stick it to the chart. 
related services chartThis provides a quick reference for me when setting up for the day.  This chart also allows for related services to come in and see if they could work with a student during another time to make up a service or rearrange the schedule.   I use sticky notes because I can easily change them out as needed. 

To protect confidentiality this chart does not hang out when it is visible by anyone.  It is in my desk area black cubby hole where no one dares to enter, but myself unless they really need to look at this chart. 

Related Services chart freeIn addition to the large chart, I have made a smaller chart that I can stick in my plan book.  I can laminate it and then write on it with a permanent marker.  When things change, a little bit of nail polish remover will take the marker right off.  Then I am able to write in the changes.  If you have a poster maker or access to a poster maker, you could also print this page out as a poster instead of hand drawing your page like I do.    If you would like to check it out, just click on this link and download it from my google drive. 

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