A question for school based SLPs

Hi all,

I have been a volunteer with an SLP at a school this year and I have truly learned a lot. My question is for SLPs that work in the elementary schools: do you find that a huge portion of your time is devoted to behavior management? While I have enjoyed my time there, I notice that a huge portion of the day is spent on redirecting misbehavior. I was a teacher for many years, but I did not deal with the behavior issues I've been seeing. I have always wanted to be a school based slp, but I'm a little bit worried about always having to deal with behavior. I know that behavior management comes with the territory, but I can't see myself doing having to deal with it as much as I've been seeing lately.

Any thoughts?
I set very clear expectations for my students at the beginning of the school year. They have to answer four questions before moving their names on the reward chart:

Did I listen to rebel?
Was I nice to my peers?
Did I do my work?
Did I keep my hands and feet to myself?

If they can answer all four questions with a "yes" they get a reward - play time, sticker, prize. It just depends on what day it is. If they can't answer the questions, they don't get anything and we talk about doing better next time.

Most of the time, behavior isn't an issue.

I also use a token system to give my really, really wiggly off task kids a visual reminder to stay on task. Sometimes, it helps to let them stand at the table instead of sit. If the whole group is wiggly and off task, we'll have a wiggle break for one minute and then sit back down and get back to business.

You really have to show them that you're in charge or they'll do whatever they can to gain control. Consistency is key!
Behavior Management in speech
A large portion of my time is for behavior management. It has gotten worse in recent years. The kids are so used to doing what they want to do and discipline is not always taught in the home, so we get the privilege. Some of our kiddos don't transition well and get easily distracted. It helps to teach routines, procedures, and expectations. Usually after a holiday or long break, sometimes even the weekends, you have to reteach or remind them of the rules.
Wish you the best!