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Organizing Speech Therapy Materials On the Go

Welcome to Week 5 of the Speech Room Organization Challenge! I’m sharing ideas and strategies to help you tackle a few organizational projects over the summer. This week is all about organizing those therapy materials “on the go”!

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We've been learning how to get organized in our speech therapy rooms as part of my Speech Room Organization series, and this week we're talking more about organizing speech therapy materials, this time by using a therapy tote! Learn a few ways you can organize various materials in a tote and watch a couple of video tutorials!

Kristin from Talkin’ with Twang shared her speech therapy tote on Facebook. I absolutely loved her idea and went out to get my own rolling tote from Michaels. I used it to organize my skill-based materials. Because I like to use materials from the classroom, this is pretty much all I need on a day-to-day basis.

It also happens to be very helpful for push-in therapy. I just take my tote with me, and I’m ready for any curve balls I might encounter in the classroom.

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Here are my “must haves”…

1. Visuals

I printed out the visuals included in the SLP Now Membership. I store some of the small pieces in pencil pouches. I also use file folders and a file box to store the papers. I put the papers in sheet protectors so that we can easily draw/write on the visuals. The tabs make it really easy to find what I’m looking for.

2. Assessments

I store my assessments from the SLP Now Membership in binders. I put them in sheet protectors so I can store a couple copies of each assessment. If I run out and need to do a quick assessment, then I just use one of my markers, snap a picture, and save for future reference.

3. iPad

The iPad is a great time saver. I love pulling up materials from Google Drive for paperless therapy.

Notability is my absolute favorite app for this purpose. It is such a versatile tool that the students love. We use it to annotate articles, sequence stories, and record speech (for articulation carryover). I also use it to snap a picture of a textbook page for more interactive practice.

Bonus points if you let your kids use a stylus pen. Come find me at ASHA for a free stylus. 🙂

4. Markers

As you can tell, I love my sheet protectors! My students and I use dry erase markers and/or ultra fine point Sharpies® to write on the visuals.

5. Erasers

I found small round facial “scrubbers” at the dollar store. They are perfect for erasing dry erase markers. I use a Pentel Clic Eraser® or a wet cloth to “erase” the Sharpie® writing.

6. Accordion Folder

I also put an accordion folder in the front pocket of the tote. I use it to store my articulation stickers/visuals. I also have a folder for materials that I collect from teachers.

Want a closer look? Check out this video tour of my tote:

Here’s a quick shopping page in case you’re interested in any of the resources:

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out the other posts in this series:

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