Getting Started with Curriculum-Based Therapy

If you’re wanting to implement curriculum-based therapy with your caseload, then this is the place for you!

It seems like an overwhelming process, doesn’t it? How in the world do we make time to implement this?

I have good news! Curriculum-based therapy may take a little extra effort up front, but therapy planning becomes so easy once you have your system set up. (And I’m here to help you get over that initial hurdle!)

More importantly, providing relevant therapy can improve our students’ outcomes. Once I realized that many of my students weren’t generalizing their skills, I knew something had to change.

If you feel the same way, then let’s get started…!

Note: You are more than welcome to bookmark this page. It’s a lot of content to consume at once, and you may want to start by reading a few posts. Take some time to implement the ideas/strategies that make sense to you and then come back when you’re ready for more.

Getting Teachers on Board

Check out this blog post for teacher communication tips!

Knowing What to Target

It can be challenging to figure out where to start with curriculum-based therapy. Check out this post for answers to frequently asked questions.

Organizing Materials

Here’s a peek at how I organize my materials.

Stay tuned for more tips on organizing the materials that you get from teachers.

Scaffolding Skills

The visuals and tools in the SLP Now membership pair perfectly with curriculum-based materials.

I also shared evidence-based strategies to teach several different skills. These strategies apply well to curriculum-based therapy.

Keeping Students Engaged

The first step is to make sure students are aware of their goals. You might want to check out my goal chart for an easy and efficient way to do this.

I have a toolbox of reinforcers that pair well with curriculum-based activities.

Here are some other strategies to increase student engagement.

Notability is an incredibly versatile app that *magically* increases student engagement with even the most boring reading passages!

Mixed Groups

Check out this post for some ideas to help you make the most of your mixed groups!

Taking Data

Check out this post with general data collection tips or this post for a closer look at my data routine.

Putting It All Together

Here’s a peek at a curriculum-based therapy session to wrap things up!

Comment below with any of your questions! I’d also love to hear your ideas and suggestions!


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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