August 23, 2013

Back to School Week: SLP Introduction Letter for Parents

tips for introducing yourself to new teachers and parents

I don't know about you, but I am just terrible at remembering names! It's embarrassing to admit, but I usually need to write names down for later reference, or I find myself asking people 2-3 times what their name is. Or I ask other people what someone's name was! I know...

This is a common problem for many people. So as I started working in a new district this year, with all new teachers, and all new parents, I decided to write a letter introducing myself. It's a nice way for people to learn a little bit about me. Also, parents of our students are often working with multiple professionals, so I completely understand when it can be overwhelming to remember names and roles of each individual.

Border: Ashley Hughes
Font: Noteworthy

Here's what I made sure to include in my letter:
* My name and title (obv...)

* Some background info: where I completed my schooling, where I grew up, settings I've worked in

* A little bit of personal info: things I like to do to relax, tidbits about my family

* Some general info about my speech services: what I expect from my students, homework and importance of family practice

* Contact info: email, phone number, website, etc.

I created a QR code with all my contact info so parents can quickly scan it and save everything without needing to type it all into their phone. In the past I have included my business card too, but I don't have new ones made with my new district contact information yet, so I'm hoping the QR code will be an acceptable substitute :)

What do you think?! Do you send a letter to new parents and teachers?