Pediatric Therapy Corner: 5 Tips for Successful Collaboration
[Source: Your Therapy Source]
As school based therapists a big part of the job is collaborating with students, parents, classroom teachers, physical educators, art teachers, music teachers, computer lab, administration, teaching assistants, other therapists and probably a few more! At times this can be very difficult due to packed schedules or multiple schools. Here are a few tips for successful collaboration –
Build relationships. Take the time to get to know all the people that will interact with the students on your caseload. First and foremost build a relationship with the student. Find out about their likes/dislikes, goals, aspirations and dreams. Tell them a little bit about yourself so they will feel connected. For staff members, it could be as simple as always saying hello or taking some time to schedule lunch with someone. Once you build relationships, you will be able to inspire each other to do better.
Ask questions. Learn from others. Ask questions. What worked in the past for a student? What has worked with other students? We are not in the classrooms all the time gaining valuable observational expereinces. Tap into everyone else’s knowledge to get a clearer picture.
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