Planning Essentials: Speech Therapy Cart

Is it just me, or does your therapy room look like a tornado passed through by Monday afternoon? I was struggling to keep track of all the therapy materials I was using without them taking over my room. I knew I needed a way to easily store my materials so I could simply grab what I needed without having to dig through a mountain of materials. Enter the therapy cart… (:

Do you use a speech therapy cart in your speech room? My cart has quickly become one of my favorite and easiest ways to organize my speech materials and resources. I'm explaining where I got my cart, the containers I use, and how I organize my cart in this blog post, so click through to read all of the details!

I got this cart at Target, but they also sell them at IKEA.

I then went on a hunt for the perfect tools to organize my materials.

What’s Inside?

I found the magazine holders at IKEA. I keep my skill packs, books, and themed activities in these holders. My iPad hangs out next to them.

We do a lot of crafts in therapy, so I grabbed these hanging containers (79 cents a piece!) from IKEA. They hook onto the cart, so I can just pull off what I need. The containers have a flat bottom, so they can stand on their own.

On the bottom two shelves, I have more containers. I found the green containers at the dollar store, and they’re great for storing cards and other miscellaneous items. I also like these plastic containers (again from IKEA). They stack perfectly!

I also used these magnetic containers to store random craft pieces (e.g., pompoms, wiggly eyes, etc.).

This could also be a great place to keep your therapy data binder.

I have a few more organizers that I use. You can read more about them here!

More Tips

I switch out the materials on a weekly basis, so I only have what I need for therapy that week. This keeps the cart from getting too cluttered (which would defeat the point)!

I love the cart’s mobility, too! The wheels are sturdy, so it’s easy to take into another classroom, if needed.

Want to see more?

Check out this video for a closer look!

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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. I went out and bought one of these carts at Michaels because of this blog post! I absolutely love have a place to store my therapy essentials that is right by my table so I don’t have to go far to grab stuff I need!

  2. I set up my cart with frequently used therapy materials, crayons, pencils, glue sticks, dry erase boards, and dry erase markers. It has saved a lot of time. Mine is magnetic so, I clip my frequently used resource posters and visuals for language and articulation on it.

  3. I saw these carts at Michael’s and thought that surely I could use one at school and now I know how I can do that. Thanks for the visuals!

  4. Tell me more about your skill packs and the other things you have in the green, purple, blue, and white folders. And the visuals. Please!

  5. This is extremely useful!! I have a large space, but barely any room to store my materials. Even more so because I can just wheel it to wherever I end up sitting (because I always sit in with my kids)!!

  6. One of my resolutions for 2019 is to get organized and stay organized! This post will definitely help me achieve that! The cart from Michael’s is a must have!

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