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Karen
I am an SLP in Illinois school district. There is a law that a full-time SLP in Illinois cannot have more than 60 kids on their caseload. I noticed another poster that said SLP's in their district have 70-90 kids. I was just wondering what everyone's caseload is like? Does anyone's district use severity rating instead of just numbers? So a student with 100 minutes would be worth more than a kid who only receives 20 minutes? Just wondering
Guest
There is no "law" on caseloads here in Ca. It's recommend to be around 55, but that rarely happens due to the shortage of SLPs
Guest
I am in California too. There is definitely nothing in my district that puts a cap on the number of students that I have on my caseload. I have 70 right now...I am working on dismissing a few of them.
Guest_guest
I found this regarding caseload size by states:

http://www.speech-express.com/advocacy-depot/caseloads-state.html

Highlight the link, then cut and paste.
Guest
This is CA state law education code:
56363.3. The average caseload for language, speech, and hearing
specialists in districts, county offices, or special education local
plan areas shall not exceed 55 cases, unless the local comprehensive
plan specifies a higher average caseload and the reasons for the
greater average caseload.

56441.7. (a) The maximum caseload for a speech and language
specialist providing services exclusively to individuals with
exceptional needs, between the ages of three and five years,
inclusive, as defined in Section 56441.11 or 56026, shall not exceed
a count of 40.

Guest
I'm in Ca too. Interested about the ed code...I did not know that existed!! INTERESTING how it's written though..."unless the local comprehensive plan specifies a higher average caseload and the reasons for the greater average caseload." All the SELPA has to do is write that the there is a greater than average caseload due to the shortage of SLP's and BOOM, they are covered....hence, there REALLY is not law in Ca...
Guest
There is no state law in my state (NM) on this. One district I worked for had caseloads of 40-45, which was great except of course some kids get no therapy (because there just aren't enough SLPs) and also the SLPs had a lot more case management responsibilities there than at the other district I worked in. Frankly the case management, which mostly had to be done after work hours, took up more of my time than having a few more kids would have.

My other district had no caseload caps; even though I was only working 3 days per week I had 45 kids. The mid school SLP had 80.
Guest
I work in Ohio and the caseload cap is at 80, which is ridiculous. I believe it is 50 for preschoolers and kids with multiple disabilities, though.
Guest_slpjen
I live in Missouri and the caseload cap is 60. I am not sure how well, if ever, that is enforced. I started the year with 52 kids, 1/3 of them are very involved, and I am sure I will have more than 8 qualify this year.
Guest
I am the one that posted the CA education code.

The wording for the regular caseload does give the ability to the SELPAs. The Preschool one has a strict max.

However, there is a legal cap of 55 in my teachers contract, so I know I can fight to stay there. But I have a mixed casload (half prek and half school aged) so I really need to stay around 47.

Also though, there is a big problem with SELPAs, states, or whoever makes up the max #. the truth is...the # is just that. What should determine our caseloads is frequency and duration of the students on our caseloads and the # of hours we have to spend on paperwork (case management duties). Caseload vs. WORKLOAD. 55 kids at 60 minutes a week in groups is MUCH different that 55 that very from 1:1 to group to 60 minutes a week to 110 minutes a week! Which is what I deal with.

I personally am refusing to do work outside the workday this year. I will make exceptions, of course, but I will not do it anymore. I am legally contracted (per my union) to get at least one prep a day and 7.5 hours a day. PERIOD. So, I need to be able to do all paperwork, therapy, and IEPs within that time frame or the district is expecting me to work outside my contract.

I'll do research and some planning on my time. Thats it.

I think we need to stand up and force the schools to deal with the problem.
Guest
I agree with the above poster. I am in FL and we have no cap on the caseload.....you have to have almost 90 hours to have a 1/2 time SLPA.....it is ridiculous.
secret sender
I spent many hours on paperwork at home. I wrote IEP's, reports, etc. I tried to do it all. The rec. number of treatments, the reports, great materials, etc. Now, and forever more, I will do the best treatments aa frequently as humanly possible, but will stop and do the paperwork when I am in a crunch. I now believe that this is a professional solution. Students each will get shorted therapy minutes, but then every three years it will e their testig, their reports, their meetings, that demand this time. If I have an exceptionally demanding IEP and parent that is taking up many many many additional minutes of my time, I get furious. At this point all I can do is stay late and work at home.
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