Well, if you've been following the blog, you kow that a few new SLPs or grad student readers have asked some specific questions re: how to get things started. My previous post covered "Planning." This one's going to be about carrying out the session itself. Hope it helps! Feel free to add your own comments and advice!
The Session: I personally like to start sessions by asking a few questions first. Before I just jump in and start drilling them I want to see how they've been since our last session, how they're feeling, if they think speech therapy is helping, if they understand what we're working on, if they did any
"homework assignments" I gave them, etc. This may seem obvious, but sometimes it's easy to skip this stuff when you get into automatic mode.
Then as we get going on our therapy tasks, I try to remember that if I'm bored, so is the patient. I like to keep things interesting and meaningful for them. I let them know what we're working on and why. I try to switch activities every 10 minutes or so (but that can vary depending on their attention span).
Well, that seems really brief, but many of the other things I thought of mentioning seem too obvious and boring: taking data, dealing with different personalities or family. Comment if you think I'm missing anything!