Are you starting your Clinical Fellowship Year and feeling overwhelmed with all the responsibilities of an SLP? Do you feel like you are always scrambling to find time to take accurate data of your students? Wishing you had progress monitoring resources in one spot for easy access? Today, I want to show you how to use SLPToolkit to manage your caseload.
All The Details About How I Started With SLPtoolkit
SLPToolkit gave me a year’s membership subscription (I was soooooo excited with the offer) in March to try out with my caseload. At that time, I was able to use this tool with part of my caseload and LOVED it! I am really looking forward to diving in with this tool at the start of the school year when, let’s face it, that’s when I am most gung-ho about being organized and efficient!
What is SLPtoolkit?
SLPToolkit is a digital application that you can use to improve SLP’s efficiency with completing progress reports. You can try it out for FREE with five of your students to see if you like using it. The monthly and yearly subscription options allows you to have unlimited access to your whole caseload as well as an amazing scheduling tool! For those SLPs that want to go digital with caseload management, this is the tool for you! (Psst…if you scroll down to the end of the post, there is a coupon code for a FREE month of unlimited use or $19 off the yearly subscription).
How To Use SLPtoolkit
SLPToolkit uses criterion referenced tests and rubrics to use when progress monitoring students growth. This way if you use the same criterion referenced tests 4 times a year on a student, you will see accurate growth or decline when using the same stimulus items.
How SLPtoolkit Can Be Used For Your Students
For each student, there are different categories you can click. You can access the student’s goals that you written by clicking on the goals icon. I was easily able to write a goal and copy/paste it into the IEP. If the school is doing response to intervention with a student, you can easily find teacher strategies/accommodations to print out and hand to the teacher to try with the student. This could also work for a student with an IEP. You can copy and paste strategies to be used in the classroom and document in the IEP, your reports or to give as helpful reminders for the teacher.
Do you ever get a student that transfers in 3 weeks before their IEP meeting? You have NO information about how he/she is doing with their speech or language goals and have NO idea what types of goals you should write? SLPToolkit has present levels of performance assessments that you can administer and then print the results! You can also access this application on your IPAD, so the child can see the stimulus items on the IPAD, while you take data on their performance on your computer.
No more digging through your book shelves and cabinets for assessment tools because they have all the progress monitoring tools right there for you to use! There are categories to chose from such as receptive/expressive language, social language, etc. When you click on one of those option, it will have subcategories for different skills such as semantics, concepts, grammar etc. There are also different levels, so you can see if the student has the skill, but struggles when the stimulus items increase in difficulty. I love the easy to print feature! You can bring this data to an IEP meeting to really help with advocating for your student’s needs.
They have a ton of pre-made goals already in the system, but you can house all your OWN goals in there as well under each student.
Here is a video tutorial on how to import your caseload into SLP ToolKit. My district uses SEIS, so I can easily import my current caseload.
You have to manually add some other details such as teacher and grade, but once you have updated it, you can easily print and adjust throughout the school year!
HERE is a tutorial for how to use the AMAZING scheduler. It is pretty darn cool and easy to use (it is my favorite feature). What I love about the scheduling tool is that I can easily go in and update as I get new students and then print it out right then and there! SLPtoolkit is in the process of updating the scheduler tool, so that you can also schedule in additional duties that you need to complete. I love to block out time for specific tasks and often need it written in my schedule or else I struggle to get it done. I love to block out time for assessments, medi-cal billing, calling parents, progress monitoring, organizing materials, etc.
See my REPLAY of SLPtoolkit in action!
Interested in seeing this tool LIVE? You can watch the REPLAY on my facebook page while I show you around my SLPtoolkit account.
Considering SLPToolkit? Here are some reasons this speech therapy resource may be for you!
- This online tool is great for SLP’s that own a laptop or IPAD. It can totally be used with a desktop computer, but it might be difficult to progress monitor if you were doing it during the group session. So, if you own a desktop, this is a great way to progress monitor with the student pulling a chair up next to you.
- This tool is also great for people who like things digital. The system is very user friendly for all levels of techy people. I know that most of my IEP writing happens on the online IEP database, so I can easily use SLPToolkit with the IEP database. You can definitely have a paper trail after using by printing the progress forms right on the spot!
- You enjoy having consistent data to document progress. I will always have paper therapy logs with information about how my students are doing in therapy, but it is nice to have more consistent data using the criterion referenced tests and rubrics for showing progress in IEP’s.
- You want to reduce paperwork stress and the amount of time it takes to monitor your students progress over the year.
- Your district gives you a spending budget every year. This is a resource that I believe many school districts should invest in for their SLP’s. If more SLP’s used this tool, we would have better written IEP’s, more accurate data for students and happy SLP’s because the paperwork load would be a little lighter. It’s a win-win. I know when I first started out, I didn’t want to spend another DIME on resources because I had no money, but now as I am further into my career, you have to weigh out do you want more money in your pocket or more stress. I vote less money in my pocket and less stress in my life. Work with your school districts to get this tool for you to use. Using this resource will help districts sustain SLP’s and keep families satisfied with the support their students are getting.
- You like having a goal database in one spot that can be easily customized for each student.
- You need different levels of criterion referenced tests and rubrics for your students. SLPToolkit provides different levels of difficulty, so you can use the assessments across grade levels. They have them aligned by levels of difficulty and by grade level.
Love this already and want it for the start of the school year? SLPToolkit is giving all my followers 1 month full access for free or 19.00 off the annual. Just CLICK HERE and enter the coupon code: dabbling19 to get this sweet deal!
What do you think of SLPToolkit?? I would love to know your thoughts, questions and insights.
“Your district gives you a spending budget every year.” Nope-not in my district, I buy 100% of my supplies..
That’s a bummer! So sorry to hear that you are not given supplies from your district.
PTO is always a great place to go if your admin isn’t on board with a budget – we have about 90 SLPs in our district, and there is no fund from Special Ed, but many people advocate for purchases through PTO. It’s run by parents – and if you can say this is a tool that lessens paperwork so you can spend more time with their kids, they often respond to info like that!
That is a fabulous idea!!
I am not a school SLP, I’m in the clinical area, in a private office. My case load is around 45 kids between born and 21 years old. Do you think, slp toolkit would be useful for my type of practice? Thanks 🙂
If you use the link in my post and the code: dabbling19, you can get a month free to try out with your caseload. The schedule tool can still be used with scheduling clients and they are working on letting you add in other types of activities into your day such as assessments, reports, etc. I would try the month out for free, so you get all access and really see how it will benefit you. You can do progress monitoring with students throughout the year regardless of the setting, so I think it could be useful.
I also LOVE SLP Toolkit! You mentioned still keeping some data with paper/pencil and SLP Toolkit lets you do that–you can create data sheets from the goals page once you’ve input the goals. Very useful.
Hey Judy! I need to figure that feature out. I didn’t know you could do that. Thanks for letting me know.
How did you import Felice?
I downloaded my caseload from SEIS and then uploaded it in SLPtoolkit. I had to manually change some of the things, but now my caseload is all set.
Can you use this discount if you already subscribe or is it just for new subscriptions?
Not sure. It is probably for new subscriptions, but you can try!