Of course, we would love to have the time and money to organize our speech rooms into beautifully arranged Pinterest-worthy spaces.
Between the meetings, large caseloads, documentation, assessments, and site duties, there is little time to plan therapy, much less spend time organizing your materials.
So, today, I will share five tools you need for speech materials organization that will help you know WHERE your materials are when you need them.
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Speech Materials Organization for Printables
If you use many printable materials for skill-based or themed-based therapy, these envelope pouches for binders have been a game-changer.
You can keep full-page sheets, task cards, and visual supports in one spot. So, you can keep everything in one binder instead of having places for different printables. That’s how I organize my themed therapy units by grade level (these units are part of the Themed Therapy SLP membership.)
For your sensory bins, games, or themed units that use a combination of printables and props, zipper pouches are an excellent solution for keeping everything together.
You can store them in a larger bin and grab the individual materials when you need them. To learn more about how you can create a sensory bin storage system, check out this blog post.
Organization Supply for Mini Figurines and Task Cards
Stocking up on mini figurines is a material that keeps students engaged and is great for all sorts of hands-on activities. The only problem is that they can get tricky to store as you collect more sets. Photo boxes are helpful with keeping similar mini figurines together in one container but separated, so you can find the items you need when planning therapy.
Some of my favorite mini figurines are TOOBS and Wild Republic! If you want mini trinkets that are sound-specific, check out Dinky Doodads. I wrote a blog post for how you can use them in mixed groups HERE.
Join the Free 5-Day Organizational Themed Therapy Challenge
If you have been on the struggle bus with keeping your themed materials in an organized system, now is your chance to change that! The organization challenge starts July 18th-22nd. Each day I walk you through small actionable steps to help you create an easy-to-maintain organization system for your materials.
Click here to join the challenge. Enter your details, and then check your email for a link to join the Themed Therapy SLP Facebook group. On July 17th, you will get an email with some organizational goodies to use throughout the challenge. And this challenge comes with prizes, Facebook LIVES, and the satisfaction that your materials have a home.
Scrapbook or latch boxes for Themed Speech Materials Organization
When I started planning more co-teaching lessons, I realized I had a lot of loose materials with no set place to put them. I wanted an easy-to-organize system that didn’t take forever to keep materials together. So, I started putting everything in scrapbook boxes or latch boxes because I could toss everything in and do therapy!
You can store books, worksheets, visuals, task cards, and smaller items. For more organizational ideas, check out this blog post.
Digital Tool That Helps You Keep Your Materials Organized
One of the best ways to keep all your favorite YouTube videos, books, PDFs, digital websites, or apps is by linking them to a Google Slide lesson plan cheat sheet.
You can upload all your PDFs to a Google Drive folder and link them to your Google Slide. Similarly, you can link videos and websites so that everything is in front of you when you need to plan therapy. You can use this method for teletherapy or in-person. Check out this blog post for more information on a digital organization system.
The themed therapy lesson plan templates are part of the Themed Therapy SLP membership (doors re-open July 22nd.) Sign up for the waitlist HERE.
Use this Low-Cost Supply to Keep Your Materials Together for Therapy
Raise your hand if you forget what materials you have on hand if you don’t see them in front of you? Instead of grabbing random things off the shelf, take 20-30 minutes at the beginning of the month to select your books, print worksheets, and therapy tools. You can use a crate from Walmart with hanging files to separate your materials by type, age level, or skills targeted. Because I plan by themes, I grab the materials I want to use for two to four weeks and stick them in the crate. I have options for switching out materials at the moment if a group isn’t feeling my current therapy plan.
What supplies do you recommend for speech therapy organization? I always love hearing about new tools and materials that can help me know where my therapy materials are located! Share in the comments if you have a supply that has been a game-changer for therapy.