How to Save Money on School Supplies as a Travel Therapist

School therapists typically require a vast array of supplies to work with their students. Whether you’re a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech-language pathologist, your supplies are essential to your student’s success.

Constantly buying and rebuying supplies each assignment gets pricey, so it’s nice to save money wherever you can. Ardor Health has put together some tips on how to save money on your back to school supplies this year as a travel therapist.

Find Stores with Discount Prices

As the back-to-school season is getting into full swing, department and grocery stores are stocking their shelves for teachers and students alike. At some point or another, these stores typically offer a discount or sale on some of their items. Places like Walmart, Target, and even Dollar Tree have back-to-school basics you can easily pick up.

Take advantage of these sales by making a list of stores near you and keeping track of their coupons and deals. It may be worth signing up for newsletters from these stores as well.

Look Online

If you don’t have the time or patience to visit multiple stores for your school therapy needs, consider shopping online. There are dozens of online stores that sell school supplies in bulk or at discounted prices and can ship directly to your home or school.

Some websites are specifically dedicated to school supplies for teachers and faculty across a wide range of grade levels and teaching areas, making it an ideal place to find all your supply needs. Places like Discount School Supply and School Specialty offer everything from pencils to classroom furniture, all at a low price.

Do It Yourself

Travel school therapists sometimes need unique items that classroom teachers do not. As an experienced school therapist, you know what you need to help your students. Sometimes you can skip the pricey therapy tools and make them yourself.

Things like sensory tables can be made at home using plastic containers filled with household materials like rice and sugar. You can incorporate tools like funnels and buckets that you have lying around the house to create a fun and engaging sensory table your students will love.

Reuse Old Items

Before you go out and buy all new supplies, see what you have lying around already. Extra pencils, markers, rulers, and scissors can be reused for years even if they’re a bit beat up.

Before leaving for your next assignment, see what you can reuse or transform into items you can incorporate in the school year. Get creative! If you need inspiration, there are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest and teacher blogs.

Shopping for back-to-school supplies as a travel therapist may seem overwhelming, but it shouldn’t put a damper on the excitement of a new year! Be sure you’re prepped and ready to take on your next travel therapy assignment and save money on supplies.

If you’re a travel therapist that’s eager to start their next journey, contact Ardor Health Solutions. We help travel clinicians from around the U.S. find assignments in atmospheres where they can thrive. Contact our office to speak with a recruiter today.

Tips For Starting a New Year as a School Therapist

Starting a new school year is both exciting and frightening. As a travel therapist, you’re likely used to starting off again in new places, but that doesn’t lessen the stress of beginning a new job and meeting new people.

Ardor Health Solutions has put together some tips for starting a new year as a school therapist. Whether you’re a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech-language pathologist, these are the things you need to know on your first day of school.

Continue Personal Development

Even though you’re likely traveling to and from different school districts, it’s essential to continue your personal and professional development. Be sure that you’re taking advantage of all the programs your school district has to offer.

Therapists should be informed about Personal Development Days that are scheduled throughout the year. Typically, a school district includes three to five of them each year to keep their staff moving forward with their improvement. Attending the Personal Development Days will also keep you in compliance of CEU’s and maintain your certifications.

Review School Orientation Process

With so much travel it can be easy to mix up or confuse different school district’s protocols. Prior to the first day of school, review your new school’s rules and regulations and the Individualized Education Plans for unique students.

Stay well-informed regarding your school policy to ensure that you can submit timely reports and follow all necessary steps while working with your new students.

Make Friends with a Colleague

In honesty, you won’t know the true ins and outs of the school until you’re there for some time. Find a coworker that has the same or a similar job position as you and start a friendship. They can help show you the ropes and make the transition into your new travel therapy role seamless.

Friending colleagues will not only help you learn to navigate your school, but you will also have familiar faces to see around the halls.

Keep in Touch with Your Recruiter

All travel therapists have a recruiter that helps them find their travel assignments. These recruiters act as a liaison between your job at the school and your travel agency. If a problem arises, therapists should communicate immediately with their recruiter.

The recruiter and Team Manager along with the Clinical Director can work with the school district to resolve any conflicts, concerns, or situations that need clarification while on assignment with Ardor. Stay open and honest throughout the process to ensure your job success and happiness.

The transition back to school as a travel therapist can be tough, but rewarding. When you’re preparing for your first day of school, remember these helpful tips from Ardor Health Solutions. We care about all of our travel clinicians and work to create a positive experience for them. If you are looking to start your travel therapy career, or want help finding your next assignment, talk to Ardor Health Solutions. Speak with a recruiter today.

Therapy: The Art of Helping Others

The world of therapy is amazing in itself in regards to the services we provide every day to various clientele. We help to optimize the quality of life for other human beings. Just when we thought life could not get any better, we are provided the opportunity to travel around the country to provide these services. We are also compensated well to do so! Of course like anything else worth anything in this life, it is not easy.

The Passion to Care

I will say that it is incredibly rewarding and such a great way to network. You get the opportunity to see the country, while increasing your knowledge base and clinical skills from countless healthcare professionals you come across during your travels. It is such an amazing way to challenge yourself, especially if you decide to travel on your own. I worked full-time right out of college in Connecticut for about 3 1/2 years. Life became somewhat monotonous and I decided it was time for a change. A few weeks later, I traveled to Florida, by myself with my car packed with some of my belongings. It was scary as hell, but it was also the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I continued to travel for 3 years before settling into one area with my fiancee who now keeps me grounded. I want clinicians to know that it is okay to give this a chance and challenge yourself. Give yourself a chance to grow outside of your comfort zone. Honestly, you have nothing to lose. Any experience, whether positive or negative creates opportunity for growth and learning. If you can learn something from the experience you had, then it was worth your time. You don’t know what you’re capable of or what an experience can be until you give it a chance. Take this incredible opportunity that you have to travel and do what you love. Life is happening now. Are you currently challenging yourself to rise to your full potential?

Written by: Erica Dipietro

The Career Pathway Program

This blog was written by Erica ,one of Ardor Health Solutions’ caring and experienced Occupational Therapists. Erica is a Career Pathway Mentor. She has been an OT for 8 years and has traveled for 3 years. Her passion for helping others goes hand in hand with her love of travel. She’s already traveled and worked in over 8 states! Ardor Health Solutions has developed the Career Pathway Program in Home Healthcare to help systematically guide therapists into home healthcare practice. Ardor Health’s Career Pathway Program was designed specifically for new graduates of PT, OT, and SLP programs. However, it is open to any licensed clinician interested in specializing in Medicare-certified home healthcare, and willing to travel to assignments throughout the United States. Want to learn more and connect with a mentor now?