If you’re a school-based speech-language pathologist, you may be wondering “what should I do during summer break? How do other school-based SLPs spend their summers?”
Do you take advantage of the time-off? Work in the field? Work outside of the field?
The truth is that the answer is different for many school-based SLPs depending on their lifestyle, their salary, and their priorities.
There’s no right or wrong way to spend your summer months. However, if you’re new to the profession, or are considering making the switch to working in schools, you may want to know your summer options ahead of time.
Here’s how many school-based SLPs are spending their summers this year.
5 Ways School-Based SLPs Spend Their Summer Break
Enjoy some well-deserved time off.
When it comes to summer break, many school-based SLPs have budgeted their salary throughout the year so they can take the entire summer off. Some will use this time to take up hobbies, see friends, travel, and spend time with their families. It can be a great way to refresh and re-energize before the school year starts again.
Pick up ESY hours at your school.
ESY, also known as Extended School Year hours, are for students who need special education services throughout the school year and through the summer. The idea is to keep students from regressing during the long summer months, so ESY hours are often built into their IEP. This means they’ll need you to provide speech therapy during the summer so they’re ready once school begins again. Also, by picking up these hours, you’re able to earn some extra income during the summer.
Take on private clients.
Many school-based SLPs work on building their own caseload of private speech-language pathology clients that they see outside of the school system. This is a great way to still work less hours (if you choose to) during the summer, but continue to earn a salary.
Clinicals and classes.
To maintain your licensing as a speech-language pathologist, you have to keep up with your ceu credits every year. Many school-based SLPs take advantage of their time off in the summer to take the classes and clinicals they need to stay licensed.
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Work during summer school.
If you work for a company that’s contracted by a school, you may end up working during summer school sessions. The benefit of this situation is that you’ll continue to get paid for your work hourly no matter what time of year – the disadvantage is that you may not get the time off you hope for.
No matter what you decide, there are plenty of options for school-based SLPs.
Whether you take the entire summer off or pick up extra work, the choices are endless for school-based SLPs. All you have to do is decide what’s best for your career, your budget, and your lifestyle.
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