Best of 2017

How is it the end of the year already?! Anyone else’s mind blown?

Since we are gearing up for 2018, we took a look at SLP Now’s most popular posts from 2017.

Let the countdown begin!

Be sure to read until the end for a special giveaway!

#5 – 7 Tools to Organize Speech Therapy Materials

This was one of my first posts, and I dive some of my favorite tools to organize some of those odds and ends. Perfect for SLPs who might have a few too many materials! 🙂

#4 – Organizing Speech Therapy Materials On the Go

This post reviews my very favorite way to organize my materials. I’ve traveled/moved quite a bit over the past few years, and this tote has become my “go to.” I know that I can use this rolling tote no matter where I end up (and I know I won’t break my neck getting materials from classroom to classroom–or from building to building–in the process!).

Here’s a sneak peek:

(Hint: Scroll to the bottom of this for a chance to win one of these guys!)

#3 – Planning Essentials: Speech Therapy Cart

Well, that’s 3 for 3! I do love some good organization posts!

I wrote this post after I started using a therapy cart to organize my most-used therapy materials. I parked this guy right next to my therapy table and used it to organize writing utensils, books, student folders, and more!

#2 – Speech Therapy Data Collection Solutions

Ah, data! Everyone’s favorite, right?

This was written a few years ago, but it was still really popular this year!

The post includes a massive review of different data collection options. This is the post for you if you’re struggling with data collection but aren’t sure what to change. I walk through everything from traditional paper data to digital data. Lots of free resources are included in this post, too!

#1 – Themed Book Lists

The most visited post of the year… The SLP Now Themed Book Lists!

If you’re looking to get started with literacy-based therapy, this is a great starting point! It includes lists of my favorite books (organized by theme/season).

Because this is our 100th post, we are having a GIVEAWAY…!

Enter below for a chance to win! We’d love it if you followed on Facebook and Instagram. 😀

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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  1. Audra says

    I love the book list and the idea to get a rolling therapy cart. As a SLP-CF who travels to multiple schools in my district, I feel like it is so important to stay organized and ready to go. Book themed lessons cut down a lot of planning time too!

  2. Tiffany M says

    Winning this contest would be a great way to start out 2018 being organized and ready to go! The materials and supplies would be awesome to have to help support the need of my wonderful students! Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. Elizabeth Short says

    What an amazing giveaway! I would love to win. I watched your Curriculum Based Therapy course during the Summer SLP Summit and it was so helpful!

  4. Katie says

    youve done something so incredible here Marisha and I know you’ve helped so many SLPs out there. Thank you for everything you do for us. If 2017 was this great, I can’t wait to see what’s to come in the new year!

  5. Alissa Acker says

    I am really excited about your literature-based therapy post! My goal for 2018 is to use children’s books to target goals with my entire caseload, so I was THRILLED to see this post! Thank you!!

  6. Blayke says

    I love all of your organizational hacks!! You are the organizational guru! 😂Thanks for sharing information with other SLPs 😊

  7. Rose says

    I made a goal for myself to use all the books I own in therapy rather than letting them sit on the shelf. Happy New Year!

  8. Angie Craig says

    I love absolutely everything about your site! It has been a life saver for me this year! My goal for the 2017 school year was to incorporate books into therapy and you have helped me tremendously with this, it is so organized and helpful! Thank you so much for everything! 😊 I can’t wait to continue with you in 2018!

  9. Megan Rhode says

    The book list is a favorite for me – I love your materials and have been eyeing up a membership!! This would be a fantastic win!!

  10. Haven Broady says

    I seem to be like the majority, but I love the book list! Such a helpful post!

    To win this would be an amazing way to start 2018!!

  11. Kaitlin Neace says

    I use the seasonal holiday book list probably monthly! It’s a great way for me to organize for the month. I have been more diligent about checking it a few weeks ahead of when I actually need it so I have enough time to get it from my library. I love finding new books on your list that I have never read!

  12. Candace says

    I love all of your organization tips! I especially appreciate your efforts to streamline materials and stop me from recreating the wheel.


    This is so incredible! Your organizational skills are incredible and your materials are well-worth the subscription fee! SLP Now is an invaluable resource!

  14. Katie C says

    Thanks for all you have done. You are an inspiration. Your materials and new data collection addition to the membership are so great! Thanks!

  15. Jaimee G. says

    My favorite posts are the 7 Tools for Organizing Therapy Materials and the Themed Book Lists. It’s so easy to get surrounded by a ton of materials in piles! Both posts gave me suggestions that I could immediately implement to make my day and my therapy sessions run smoothly. And my students love the books!

    Thank you for sharing so much awesome information!!

  16. Shannon says

    I love the data solutions you provided. I also love to read anything about organization to spark inspiration in that area for me.:)

  17. Amy Yoder says

    The information you share is AWESOME! What a wonderful give away prize to receive. Someone will be very happy….maybe me😁

  18. Rebecca Kirtland says

    Why, this one is my favorite, of course! Actually, everything I receive is so practical and, yet, fun! Thank you!

  19. Rebecca Hockhousen says

    I’ve always thought about getting a rolling tote, but have never known how I would organize it. I love this idea, especially because of the emphasis on literacy-based therapy!

  20. Lauren N says

    Thank you for taking the time and effort to maintain a blog and share your ideas with the SLP community. And for this wonderful giveaway too!!

  21. Laura says

    #1: I love the turquoise color. 😍
    #2: Allll the hearts for organizing outstanding materials. I can see this in the back of my car. 💕

  22. Bari Fitzpatrick says

    I’m anticipating a job change for next school year and I love all the organizational ideas. Hard to change a current office but lots of ideas for my new one.

  23. Jenny Mascari says

    Would love to win a kit! Thanks for the opportunity!! Starting back to work In January and this would be the perfect gift!

  24. Jamie says

    I really liked the post about organizing your library. I’m just about to try the Book Buddy app! Thanks for all the great tips!

  25. Jill says

    I have been using your products all school year. Planning has never been easier. I love your videos and organizing blog posts.

  26. Becky Daniel says

    I just recently signed up for the SLP now and I am loving the materials. It is so easy to prep now. I have used books before in therapy but I am excited about the organization of this site and how it incorporates books into therapy. My January is planned already thanks to you. I would love to win the giveaway for even more support!

  27. Sarah A says

    I’m in my second year, and I’m slowly building my collection of books for literacy-based therapy. I love good children’s books! Thanks for the great list and the give away 🙂

  28. Greta A says

    My favorite blog post is “3 Tips for Easy Data Collection.” I am frequently changing the way I collect data, to make it more efficient and so that I don’t have to transfer it to 3 different places! I have bookmarked this post and refer to it often! 🙂

  29. Karla Davis says

    I refer to blog for the variety of tips and ideas you share! I’ve watched your videos/ceu’s and always appreciate your information. I so appreciate your goi g above and beyond with the help and support you offer to SLP’s :). This giveaway is fantastic and it would be a dream to win and go back after break with that tote!!

  30. Teresa Yarbor says

    I Love so many of you blog posts. You have many neat ideas, especially with organization. Thanks for sharing you ideas and for this give away!

  31. Laura Lee V says

    I’m a fan of the multi-posts of Speech Bubble (S.M.A.R.T. Goals, especially), Nicole Allison’s (Teaching Compound Sentences), and Speech Sprouts. They share detailed, step-by-step visuals and instructions for implementation and are like mini C.E.U.s. I get the most out of Marisha’s videos on FB, and I too found the Data Collection post useful, along with most every other post!

  32. Karrie Boudreau says

    I have a circuit of 4 schools. This would help me organize myself better and start 2018 off with a bang.⭐️

  33. Samantha Pannone says

    You offer such an amazing resource for busy SLPs. I love all your posts, but especially the ways to use books for multiple therapy targets. Thank you for all you do!

  34. Kimberly S. says

    My favorite blog post has definitely been the theme book list post! I refer to the post often, and it has really helped me incorporate more literacy components into my sessions!

  35. Teri says

    7 Tools to Organize!! I have purchased the little boxes set from Michaels (also on sale) and the colored drawer organizer. I love both! I also purchased a HP instant ink printer about a year ago after reading a blog post about it and it’s the BEST thing I’ve done! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  36. Sheila Shenhav says

    Congratulations on your 100th blog post! I love following you across platforms, you have so many wonderful ideas and you have provided a really fabulous service for our SLP community! All the best to you in 2018!

  37. Laura C. says

    I love so many of your posts! I would love to organize and put together a therapy cart for this year! They are super cute and a great way to keep materials you need so close to where you are doing therapy! 😁

  38. Jill D says

    Would love to win this giveaway! I am constantly looking for ways to get more organized-I try new ways all of the time and haven’t found the best yet-but I keep trying! Thanks for all that you do!

  39. Courtney Wright says

    Thank you for all the work you’ve done to put this together! I especially love the book list you’ve created. I’m in the process of saving up the curriculum and materials money that our district provides us so I can splurge on an SLP Now membership.

  40. Sydney says

    This book list has been so helpful this year! I absolutely love it and it has made incorporating more books into therapy so much easier and more fun!

  41. Michelle Basford says

    I love your materials! It would be great to win an organized and prepared set of them especially since that is my goal this new year!!

  42. Jeni Leigh says

    Congrats on your 100th blog post, what an accomplishment! I love your resources on TPT and your organization ideas are always fantastic. Thanks for being awesome!

  43. LaRita R. says

    I am already an SLP Now member but I would love to have this organized bag in my SLP life! I work at two schools within my district and this would be perfect for me!

  44. Dayna J says

    I have enjoyed reading (& re-reading) through all of your blog posts! I love your Themed-Book List blog post! And any post about organization. ☺️ Your post about throwing the card decks out has encouraged me to declutter and minimize my therapy tools to mostly include those with the most potential for providing contextualized therapy. Thank you for all your work in developing interactive, creative, engaging, and most importantly, evidenced-based therapy materials! 😁

  45. Patty L. says

    This post has many great ideas for starting the new year back at school. And winning would help my resolution to be more organized and work “smarter”!

  46. Gmvslp says

    I love the organizational posts! I may have the books and printed my materials, but organization is huge for keeping track of everything and great for efficient therapy!! Thank you!

  47. April Overholser says

    Thanks for the chance to win your awesome therapy tote and an SLP Now membership!! You have some amazing ideas to make our busy lives easier!

  48. Sherri Birdsong King says

    This is a GREAT giveaway! Thanks for all of your tips and ideas! This would be a great way to start 2018! Happy New Year!

  49. Jennifer Belknap says

    Loved the data collection post. Always looking to streamline data collection in a smarter, more efficient, way!

  50. BChapman says

    I travel to a different school every day (and sometimes back and forth). My biggest ache is that I have everything in a carrying bag. I definitely need to invest in more digital materials and/or a roller bag! Thank you for this wonderfully thoughtful opportunity.

  51. Kelynne Pabin says

    I love your therapy cart! A coworker mentioned getting a cart to organize her small workspace more efficiently and so I went searching for one since my space is also on the small side. I stumbled across your blog and became an SLP Now member that same day! That blog is easily my favorite because it turned me on to this amazing resource and website. Thank you, Marisha!

  52. Diane Guenther says

    My two favorite type of posts have to do with organization and themed books and activities. These have been very helpful.

  53. Stephanie says

    The post on data collection has been so useful to me as a CF. I’m still figuring out what works best for my caseload, so I love all the options you gave in your post. Thank you!

  54. Cheryl Thornton says

    I think
    This would really help me with prepping to work with the students in my caseload. Your materials look awesome!!!

  55. Cathy White says

    I loved meeting you at ASHA! Did you see how many of the SLPs and SLPAs from Lodi Unified have signed up for your membership? 😀

  56. Gina Burlison says

    Love that organizational tote idea! I travel and it can be exhausting constantly packing up and forgetting things!

  57. Emily says

    I’ve been going to the library 1x/month to get the books on your list. I have enjoyed the books and discussions that have been had with some of my groups. Thank-you for sharing! I’ve also tried to incorporate them into my ‘core word’ lessons too. Happy New Year!

  58. Danielle Cavallaro says

    Thank you for sharing your creativity with others in this profession. It’s so easy to become overwhelmed and lose sight of the big picture. I appreciate your calm approach to working smarter not harder and have incorporated many of you’re planning tools and data collection resources into my everyday practice. Just recently, I am loving the language sample template! Thank you and Happy New Year!!

  59. Caitlin S says

    I have always wanted a subscription to SLP Now! I love all of your posts and specific emails about organization for all areas of our speech lives! It was my goal this school year to save materials and organize them!

  60. Brandy Madujibeya says

    I enjoyed your post on the using the iPad like a pro. It was very informative. I use my iPad a lot with my clients.

  61. Amanda says

    You guys are awesome for doing such a big giveaway!! Love reading the blogs and trying to use the tips and tricks to manage my life 🙂

  62. Mandi W says

    7 Tools for organizing. After several years working in a different setting I have returned to working in a school. My new position came with 30 years of materials from the retiring SLP. I needed some ideas on how to organize and keep track of all of the materials!

  63. Lindsay L says

    Thanks for a chance at this great giveaway! I really enjoyed your Organizing Speech Therapy Materials On the Go post. I bought the organizational tote this year as I travel between 3 schools and it has been a lifesaver! Best rolling tote I’ve used by far. Thanks for the tip!

  64. mary rm says

    I love all the time saving ideas on SLP now! My goal for the new year is to invest some time up front into systems that will save headaches and time down the line.. organizing, lesson planning, and starting/reviewing routines with my students!

  65. Bethany S says

    My favorite blog posts from SLP Now are the posts about literacy-based therapy! I love using books in therapy and am constantly looking for new ways to implement them while targeting a variety of goals. 😊

  66. Deborah Cloran says

    I love the themed book lists. I can go and grab a book with materials ready made. Makes planning for a big caseload easy peasy!

  67. Andrea Manz says

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I love your blog. I like the post about how to organize therapy materials for on-the-go!

  68. Karla Wormington says

    I like any ideas about how to get better organized. I also like the booklists. I have tons of books but I’m always on the lookout for new ones.

  69. Daniela says

    It’s so awesome that there are people willing to share their resources and tricks of the trade. When I went into this field, I didn’t know I would have to create or customize materials. I’m not crafty and don’t enjoy making stuff so I’m very thankful for those of you out there who are making new things and sharing them.

  70. Hope Wallace Hill says

    My top posts are How to Use a Pocket Chart for Literacy-based Therapy and Top 5 Sites for Free Nonfiction Reading Passages!

  71. Gabriela Herrera says

    This would be amazing to win! Especially having a book list. I love incorporating books into therapy, having this list would make it so easy and accessible!

  72. MaryKay says

    I love all the great organization tips! The rolling cart is an especially great idea. I also love the themed book list.

  73. Becky says

    The booklist along with the cheat sheet idea I learned from the slpsummit last January have changed my lesson planning to the best yet–and I’ve been a school SLP for 17 years.

  74. Mitzi Grey says

    I was introduced to you on the first SLP Summit and I’m so grateful!! I have learned so much. After 20 years, I needed fresh ideas and have implemented many new things from you and many others that I discovered during the summit. Thank you for rejuvenating this “old” SLP!!

  75. Judith Hale says

    Your cart is amazing and I loved the book list, I discovered quite a few new books (including the Epic!) site last year from you that I used in therapy

  76. Patricia Carrillo says

    I love your products and I hope I can win this tote to help me be ready to conquer the new year. It’s my 3rd year as a school SLP and I frequently visit your blog for tips. Thanks!

  77. Meghan Wilkey says

    I would love this organization tool as my goal for 2018 is to be more organized! I am an itinerant SLP with no office so I need portable materials! Thank you!

  78. Hillary Finnegan says

    Thank you for all of the time and energy you put in toward helping fellow SLP’s be successful in the field!

  79. Kat says

    That’s such a generous giveaway! I am always researching organization in attempt to be better organized for me and my speech assistant!

  80. Emily Brown says

    I have absolutely loved using the ultimate SLP planner working as a school based SLP, it has been a total lifesaver! Winning this contest world be the greatest kickoff to 2018 as I switch from the public school setting to the clinic setting! I am feeling all the butterflies and this toolkit would make me feel so confident and prepared as I begin this next chapter! Thank you for all that you do for us SLPs out there and happy new year!!

  81. Samantha Meditz says

    My favorite post was the video on how to organize all of the storage boxes with materials! I’ve only been an SLP for 2 years so that post was a huge help!

  82. Amanda C says

    Thank you for the materials and wonderful ideas! Getting organized is always a goal, and your blog is full of wonderful ideas as well as this contest

  83. Fred Martucci says

    This rolling cart is such a great idea! My daughter is finishing up grad school and she is constantly carrying around multiple bags!

  84. Katie Trujillo says

    It’s difficult to pick one favorite, but if I had to choose it would be the themed book lists. Thanks for all you do!

  85. Kristin says

    Thank you for your fantastic organizational ideas. I’m such a type B in a type A profession so it’s all incredibly helpful.

  86. Adrianna Kaspar says

    I love all your organization posts – all the materials in the world are no help if can’t you find it when you need it!

  87. Teresa says

    I want this! The SLPs in my district were just given directives to pick up students at other schools if they weren’t at cap and lucky me! I get to be at polar ends of the district and have my elementary case load at one end plus high schoolers at the other end..big change!

  88. Julie Gibbons-Dayley says

    I love the rolling therapy cart for organization and the links to the tpt store! I even made a purchase this week while in break and I can’t wait to get back to work and use them!!

  89. Lori says

    I love all of your great tips and the video you presented at the summit, which helped to understand how to connect curriculum to therapy activities .
    Thank you!

  90. jobslp says

    I marvel at your ability to integrate everything….thanks for sharing it all with us – and for the chance to win some great prizes!

  91. Jen L. says

    I would really love to get the new year off to a great start by winning these great materials. Thank you for having the giveaway!

  92. Andrea says

    I have enjoyed all aspects of your site but have really utilized the literacy based posts and themed books. I am mentoring a new graduate and plan on introducing her to your site as well.
    Thanks for all you do!
    Happy New Year

  93. Kelly B says

    I might need to get one of those rolling carts! I know they have them at Michael’s too! I’m only in one building, but I’m fairly certain I will be doing a lot of push in next year.

  94. Alyssa Taffe says

    Love all the ideas! This was a great post to catch up on the Best of 2017. My resolution for 2018 is to find and follow an organizational system that works for me and this is a great post to help get me on my way! Thank you for that!!

  95. Stacey R says

    I found Top 5 Sites for FREE Nonfiction Reading Passages to be really helpful. I am always looking for interesting and relevant non-fiction texts for my students.

  96. Miranda Hunsucker says

    I travel between 3 schools and only have a small former principal’s office in one school, which I was unceremoniously moved into from a full-sized classroom at the last minute… this girl NEEDS some organization in her life! Bad!!!!

  97. Sherri Lynn Clifton says

    My favorite post is the one with tips for getting organized! My goal for the new year is to put some of those ideas into practice.

  98. Mary Allison Loh says

    Your website has helped more than I ever thought possible for the beginning of my CF year as a school-based SLP. Not even having access to printers during my day, printing your materials out the night before, throwing them in a binder and going on my way has helped in prep time so much! I can’t wait to see what 2018 has to offer! Thanks a bunch!

  99. Sharon Swindell says

    What an awesome giveaway! I sound like a broken record, but the seasonal book lists are so nice! Obviously, you are a lifesaver to many SLPs!

  100. Chelsea Nimmo says

    I got to preview the content from the 2017 SLP Summit and loved the lesson plans and materials for The Mitten. Super easy to prep. I have been using the Following Directions assessment so much this year, I am sure the other assessments will be Kitts as useful. How awesome!

  101. Karla Rivera says

    I loved the themed book lists. I like to incorporate books into my therapy. It makes planning easier. Thank you. 😊

  102. Jess says

    As a second year SLP… I feel as though I realize more and more that I need to look for more resources and knowledge to continue to grow. I have also realized that experience will bring some of this as well and with only 1.5 years as an SLP, I still have tons of time! I would love to have the resources from an SLP!

  103. Sarah says

    I can’t believe how much thought you put into making our lives and professions more enjoyable! I love your totes, pull-alongs and passion for organization.

    • Evelyn Sommerlot says

      I was just told I had to move my office one week before Christmas!! Looking for an efficient way to organize and get going asap. Yikes!

  104. Teresa Spencer says

    I can’t begin to tell you how I appreciate you providing this resource and your fast responses to my questions. What an amazing resource you and your site are.

  105. Hannah High says

    I would LOVE to win this! I am starting a brand new position in a week. This would be an amazing way to start.

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