• Insulating Your District Against The Great Resignation: Wages, Benefits, and Service Models in the New Normal

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    School districts are accustomed to “events.” Something rattles the routine for a specific time on the school calendar, and then things return to normal. An ice storm, a teacher’s illness, a labor strike are all challenging events, but then they conclude and we all get back to business as usual again.  COVID-19 is viewed by… (read more)

  • School Psychs: Who are They and What Can They Do?

    The Hello Foundation has always had a dedicated handful of school psychologists, but we have welcomed 20 school psychologists to our ranks this year! The role of a school psychologist varies from state to state and even from district to district, so we thought we’d kick off National School Psychology Week (NSPW) with a primer on… (read more)

  • The Importance of Routine – The SLPA Series

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    Over a decade ago, we had a series of posts directed at SLPs and SLPAs, that focused on therapy fundamentals and clinical skills. Since we have our first cohort of THF SLPAs working in the schools this year, we thought it would be fun to take another look at these posts and reimagine their place… (read more)

  • When All the Decisions are Hard Ones: 3 Rules for Staying Compliant and Retaining Staff

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    Special education administrator has never been an easy job, but it has gotten infinitely more challenging since the onset of the COVID era, and this fall has been particularly rough. It seems like every admin we’ve talked to in the last few weeks is overwhelmed with a daily deluge of seemingly impossible decisions with far-reaching… (read more)

  • Slime! An Instruction Sheet with Speech, Language, and Occupational Therapy Activities

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    Ahhh, slime. The internet is full of recipes for all manner of the stuff — unicorn slime, fluffy slime, glitter slime, chocolate slime, just to name a few — and kids never seem to get tired of making it and playing with it. It’s also a beloved activity here at the clinic, where our therapists… (read more)

  • The Hello Foundation University Partnership Program

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    The backbone of any clinical graduate program is the internship. It is where future clinicians have their first experiences in what will hopefully become their career, and it is where they begin to learn the realities of life outside the halls of academia. There’s an understanding among practicing clinical professionals that, at some point in… (read more)

  • Combatting the Rising Tide: 3 Ways to Overcome the Overwhelm

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    Overwhelm can strike anyone. It’s the feeling you get when there are so many needs competing for your time that it is impossible to meet any of them. Many of us deal with it, whether intermittently or chronically, and it can feel incredibly isolating and even hopeless when it’s at its peak. One of the… (read more)

  • 6 Dos and Don’ts of COVID Compensatory Services

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    The school year is well underway, and for many students and their families, that means a long-awaited return to the classroom. For students who receive special education services, this fall also brings conversations of compensatory (or recovery) services to mitigate losses incurred while COVID kept them out of school buildings.  Discussions about compensatory services during… (read more)

  • Ignite

    At Hello, we know that a tiny spark can start something big. Our people know the power of a single word of encouragement, a kernel of an idea, a lone voice of advocacy, an unsteady first step. They know that just one small ember has the power to transform the future, bringing bring light into… (read more)

  • Welcome Aboard and Back to School 2021!

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    Back to school season is an exciting time for school staff, students, and their families, but for 22 SLPs, SLPAs, and school psychologists this fall, it means a brand new job with The Hello Foundation! We held 2 new staff orientations – one socially distanced in-person at our new clinic space, and another via zoom… (read more)