On the Downhill Slide

It's May, and this picture could totally be my feelings.
 The Frenzied SLPs The end of year is crazy for school SLPs! These tips help frame a positive mindset. Finish successfully!
Yep, every May I'm a a mixed bag of emotions that leave me a little out of control. The Frenzied SLPs are linking up to share our stories with you.

May always comes with a lot of {squirrel} thoughts for me:
* Ack! How am I supposed to think about next school year?!?
* If I could just see artic kids every single day and drill, it would be so much better! In and out!
* Wow, this kid is still so far behind in language. What have I been doing all year?
* My calendar is so crazy, I'm not helping anyone.
* To a teacher: What do you mean you want me to screen a student with 3 weeks left?!?
* What do you mean HR didn't approve another position? Let them spend a day with me!
* Even my director had a breakdown!

I always end up questioning everything I'm doing - did I do enough for each student? Did I make the right decisions? Should I have done this or that? WHY IS THERE SO MUCH PAPERWORK?!?!?! Don't these people know I have therapy to do!?!?!?!

And then, I have to take a step back and replace those thoughts with:
* Every year, it's hard for me to think about the upcoming school year. With staffings and other people's perspectives, I'll get through it.
* Our district isn't set up for artic in and out. It's okay.
* This kid is far behind, but in looking at his folder, look how far he's come!
* I am helping. I keep a graduation wall (and here) just so I can have a quick visual when Satan throws that particular dart at me, which I don't successfully dodge.
* To a teacher: What are your concerns? When did you notice these? (And then document.)
* HR - I have no control over that. I will do the best I can do.
* It's okay to have a breakdown because we care. It just can't be constant.

My advice is remember perspective and positive mindset.
The end of year is crazy for school SLPs! These tips help frame a positive mindset. Finish successfully!
This linky was also coordinated by GoldCountry SLP and Looks Like Language. Click on the links below for more great ideas. Bloggers, we would love for you to link up! Use the first image as your first image and link to The Frenzied SLPs.

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