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Speech Room Organization: Themed Materials

Anyone else struggle to keep track of all the speech therapy materials? There are so many amazing resources out there; it's easy to quickly accumulate a pile of materials! Have you ever bought something you already own? Or bought new materials because it's easier to buy something new than dig through the mess of materials you already own? Guilty as charged! Once I got organized, however, I found this happened a lot less.

Struggling with your speech room organization? You are NOT alone! I have tons of themed materials for my speech therapy room, so I dedicated this blog post to sharing all of the ways I keep those materials organized so that I can save myself time - and save my sanity! Click through to read my suggestions and get links to my recommended storage resources.

Here's a peek at how I organize those themed materials...

My Favorite Organizational Tools

I found these colorful bins at Office Depot. They were on sale for most of the summer. Walmart usually has bins for about $5 throughout the year, if you missed the sale!Office Depot BinI then bought file folders (Amazon affiliate links). I splurged on my favorite color, but they have cheaper options, too!

Organization in Action

I ended up creating one folder for each theme. This makes it easy to store craft templates and book guides.

I store the books behind the folder for each theme.

I use my SLP Now Membership to keep track of my other activities electronically. Instead of printing out hundreds of pages, I just access the materials as I need them. (This has helped my speech room be much less cluttered!)

I'm able to pull up many of the activities on my iPad, so I don't even have to print! If I do need to print an activity, I can quickly find it on the membership site and hit print. I get to skip lines at the copy machine, which is a huge plus for this busy SLP.

Other Options

You don't have to become a lesson plan member to get organized (although we would love to have you)! You can store your favorite activities on your computer (read more here!) or Google Drive.

If you need to have your paper resources, there are a number of organizational tools you can use to store those packets/activities. Here are some that I've tried...

Gallon Ziploc bags can be a nice option, but they're *just* a little too short to fit my papers. The storage bags (3rd link) DO fit papers--even laminated ones! They're not the most durable storage solution, but they're great for SLPs on a budget. You could even split the cost with a few SLP friends (unless you have 100 packets that you need to organize)!

Want more ideas? Check out this video! I show how I organize my skill-based resources.

Lesson Planning Process

When it comes to lesson planning, I'm able to quickly grab a book, a book guide, and a craft template from my seasonal box. If I need any additional materials, I print out activities from the membership site. Then, I keep all the materials in my speech bin for easy access throughout the week.

Easy Book Inventory

To keep track of the books I have, I used SLP Toolkit's tip. I can easily keep track of my books in Evernote, which is awesome!

So there's a peek at my themed lesson plan organization! How do you organize your themed materials?

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Cynthia L.
    September 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    The blue colored IKEA zip top bags are great for storage. They are tall enough for most activities

    • Reply
      Marisha (Road to Speech)
      September 7, 2016 at 2:54 am

      Love that idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Cynthia L.
    September 6, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    The blue colored IKEA zip top bags are great for storage. They are tall enough for most activities

    • Reply
      Marisha (Road to Speech)
      September 7, 2016 at 2:54 am

      Love that idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Ali
    November 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Hi! I love these ideas. I am still working on getting my materials organized. Do you use one bin for your theme folders or separate bins for themes?

    • Reply
      Marisha (Road to Speech)
      November 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Ali,
      I’m currently using 2 file boxes for all of my themes.
      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ali
    November 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Hi! I love these ideas. I am still working on getting my materials organized. Do you use one bin for your theme folders or separate bins for themes?

    • Reply
      Marisha (Road to Speech)
      November 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Ali,
      I’m currently using 2 file boxes for all of my themes.
      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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