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Speech Therapy Homework: One Easy Solution

Who’s tired of spending time prepping and copying activities to send home for homework? *raises hand* I really wouldn’t mind the time if I felt like it was making a difference. However, I find that the worksheets get lost on the way back to class, get stuffed at the bottom of a backpack, or often just get ignored. I’ve tried so many different options–speech folders, mini worksheets, speech books, rewards for completing homework–but I never found a great solution. Until these cools apps came along…

Are you tired of giving out speech therapy homework that never gets completed? You're not alone! I'm sharing three apps in this post that can help you improve your communication with parents to make sure that speech therapy homework gets done. Click through to read about the apps and how you can use them as a SLP.

Option 1: Remind

My school uses Remind, so I jumped on the bandwagon. (I figured I would have more success if that’s what parents are used to using.) I love it because it is such an easy way to open up communication. It has been a great way to involve parents and increase carryover.

Instead of sending home worksheets, I send a quick snapshot of what we did in speech. (Yup, you can send pictures through the app!) It’s a great way to wrap up the session, and I often involve students in the process, too.

I don’t get 100% participation, but I’m able to reach more parents than I would using any other strategy. I can share quick, practical activities. Because we are communicating regularly, parents are aware of what their students are working on in speech, which seems to empower them to help out, as well.

Getting Parents to Sign Up

I sent out a handout inviting parents to Remind at the beginning of the school year, and a few signed up.

I had more success when I started reaching out to parents at IEP meetings and/or conferences. The majority of parents sign up right away. It’s just a matter of getting their attention!

Tabitha from Flapjack Educational Resources has a great overview, if you prefer to see it in action!

Option 2: Class Dojo

Carrie Manchester shared another great way to use parent communication apps in the SLP Now Member group. She uses Class Dojo to share updates with her students’ parents.

Are you tired of giving out speech therapy homework that never gets completed? You're not alone! I'm sharing three apps in this post that can help you improve your communication with parents to make sure that speech therapy homework gets done. Click through to read about the apps and how you can use them as a SLP.

She also uses Class Dojo to reward students for participating in speech.

They have a point system that you can use for behavior or whatever else. My kids get 1 point for coming to a session and 1 for doing their “job” (whatever I have for them plus maintaining my behavior expectations). You can also take away points. My kids get a prize after 10 points. – Carrie

Option 3: Seesaw

Want more ideas? Desiree from SLP Talk also shares how she uses Seesaw with her speech students.

What is your favorite homework “solution”?

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela
    February 23, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    If you are an SLP now, do you enter your email for the freebies on the blog posts (such as the organization form above), or are they included in the Membership? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Marisha
      February 24, 2017 at 6:13 am

      Hi Angela,

      Some of them are, but not all! I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

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