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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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.
Here are my “must haves”…
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
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:
If you’re looking for more ideas, check out the other posts in this series: