The Benefits of Using Sensory Bins In Speech Therapy

The Benefits of Using Sensory Bins In Speech Therapy

Welcome to today’s episode, where we chat about sensory bins and their incredible benefits of using sensory bins in your speech therapy sessions. Whether you’re a seasoned SLP or just starting out, sensory bins are a fantastic tool you’ll want to incorporate into your practice. Kids dig them and once you know how to use them, you will too!

What is a Sensory Bin?

Learn what is a sensory bin and how it can cover so many speech and language goals.

So, what exactly is a sensory bin? It’s a tactile experience contained in a storage container filled with various materials that children can manipulate. Think of it as a hands-on way to engage kids and make learning both fun and effective. When choosing a container, make sure it’s large enough for children to explore without spilling everything out— a good-sized storage container usually does the trick.

Exploring the Benefits of a Sensory Bin

Sensory bins are more than just filler activities; they’re powerful tools for learning and development. By engaging the five senses, they help children explore and understand their world. Language skills get a significant boost too, as kids describe items, tell stories, answer “wh” questions, and use verbs in context.

Social skills also get a lift. Sensory bins encourage turn-taking, initiating interactions, requesting, conversing, and engaging in pretend play. They are excellent for fostering social interactions in a natural, playful setting.

Cognitively, sensory bins introduce concepts like color mixing and gravity, supporting children’s understanding through hands-on exploration. Additionally, they aid in developing executive functioning skills such as waiting, body awareness, attention, and focus.

Tips for using preschool sensory bins in speech therapy, all the benefits of why to use them!

Practical Ways Sensory Bins Support Speech and Language Skills

Get information about the benefits of a sensory bin for speech therapy sessions

Sensory bins integrate motor movements and support the development of schemas, enriching pretend play scenarios. They provide numerous opportunities for kids to practice and improve their speech and language skills naturally, making therapy sessions more engaging and effective.

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Want to learn more? Join our live “How to Use Sensory Bins in Speech Therapy” webinar on June 11th at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST. Can’t make it live? No problem—access to the replay will be available for 30 days. 

For just $9, you’ll receive an ultimate guide with resources for creating sensory bins and $15 worth of sensory bin printables. Plus, earn CMH hours applicable toward ASHA CCC’s and state licenses.


Top benefits of a sensory bin in your play-based speech therapy sessions

Get Started With Speech Therapy Sensory Bins

What is a sensory bin and how to use them in speech therapy

Sensory bins are an invaluable tool in speech therapy, offering endless benefits from language development to social skills and beyond. Don’t miss our webinar to delve deeper into creating effective sensory bins and expanding your therapeutic toolkit.

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Getting Started with AI Tools for Speech Therapy With Daj Mitchell

Getting Started with AI Tools for Speech Therapy With Daj Mitchell

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP, Felice welcomes Daj Mitchell, a seasoned Speech-Language Pathologist who loves using artificial intelligence to streamline her caseload management tasks in the school setting. Daj shares her journey with getting started using AI tools for speech therapy to help her save time and brain energy with tasks like progress notes, IEPs, documentation, speech therapy planning, parent handouts and more! She encourages SLPs to get started using AI tools to get make some of their time and reduce stress!

What We Discuss About AI Tools for Speech Therapy in This Episode:

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  • Daj’s Journey to AI: Learn about Daj’s professional background and her path to integrating AI tools into her school-based practice.
  • The Challenges of the SLP Workload: Daj shares insights into the common hurdles SLPs face, from scheduling and planning therapy to handling IEPs and Medicaid billing.
  • AI Solutions for SLPs: Examples of how AI tools like ChatGPT can revolutionize caseload management by automating tasks such as generating homework assignments, creating parent handouts, and collaborating with teachers.
  • End-of-Year Reflection: Daj reveals her song of the year, “Work,” by Rihanna, which encapsulates her busy yet rewarding year.

Key Takeaways About AI Speech Therapy Tools:

  • Practical AI Uses: Daj provides tangible examples of AI in action, enhancing productivity and fostering better collaboration with educational staff.
  • Advice for Tech-Anxious SLPs: Tips on starting small with user-friendly AI tools and overcoming tech intimidation.
Get tips for how to get started using AI speech therapy tools to help you save time and brain energy!

Upcoming LIVE Webinar with Daj!

AI speech therapy tools webinar with Daj Mitchell for ChattED PD.

Don’t miss Daj’s upcoming webinar in June, where she will discuss practical AI applications for SLPs in more detail. Join the ChattED PD membership to watch her webinar and get your clinical maintenance hours with PD that will help you boost your clinical skills and confidence.

Resources Mentioned:

Links and Closing Thoughts:

Check out the power of AI speech therapy tools that will you with caseload management tasks.

Closing Thoughts:

Be the SLP that every kid wants to see. Embrace technology to make your professional life easier and more effective. Join us next time on the Real Talk SLP podcast for more caseload management tips and therapy ideas!

Getting Started with AI Tools for Speech Therapy With Daj Mitchell

by The Dabbling Speechie

Best CH Articulation Games For Sound-Loaded Practice

Best CH Articulation Games For Sound-Loaded Practice

“Are we going to play a game today?” Words that many (if not most) pediatric SLPs hear at least one time a week. Games are a fun, low prep way to keep students engaged while working on their target sounds. For many school based SLPs, this is also a great way to work on several sounds in groups. I’ve compiled a list of CH articulation games to share with you! Keep in mind, you can make many of these games work for other sounds, too!


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CH Articulation Games for Preschool & Early Elementary

Get ideas for CH articulation games to get high trials in your sessions.

Here are some fun ch speech therapy games that will help you get high trials…


  • Hi Ho! Cherry-O is a classic game in which children spin the wheel, collect cherries for their bucket OR put cherries back. Students can practice the word “cherry” and practice the word in phrases and sentences, too. For example, they might practice “Two cherries” or “I have two cherries.” Students can also give you or other students directions like “Put two cherries back” or “Get three cherries.” There is a speech therapy cheat sheet for this game in the toy companion resource in my TPT store


  • In What Do You Meme? Toe Cheese Chase, students will flip cards and move across the board to outrun Toe Cheese. Students can practice “Get away Toe Cheese!” and “You can’t catch me!” Practice words such as cheese, chase, catch, touch and reach. A fun, simple game that will keep students engaged while practicing their ch sound!


    More CH Speech Therapy Games For Younger Students

    • Play Reel Big Catch with your students! They’ll catch fish and check how long the fish are. Which student caught the biggest fish? Students can practice “I want to catch a fish!” or “Let’s check how big the fish is.”


    • Chase is on the case for ch practice! Save Chase in Paw Patrol Don’t Drop Chase Game, which has similar rules to “Don’t Break the Ice.” Students can practice Chase in different sentences like “Don’t drop Chase” or “Chase is safe!” They can also “chip” away at all the ice. Ice is chilly so we don’t want Chase to fall! Which ice will they choose to hammer?


    • Chugga Choo is puzzle game in which children flip cards and match the trains based on color. Before flipping over a piece, your student(s) can practice “chugga chugga choo choo!” then practice “match the trains!” when they find the matching color. A simple but fun way to practice the ch sound while also working on other developmental skills.
    Great CH speech therapy games for getting high trials!

    SH and CH Speech Therapy Activities

    If you need more sound-loaded ch activities check out the SH, CH, and J articulation flipbooks and the SH, CH and J articulation carryover activities. They are designed to make sure you get LOTS of high trials in your speech sound sessions!

    CH Sound Speech Therapy Games for Older Students

    Get CH articulation activity ideas using sound-loaded speech therapy games!
    • Chompin’ Charlie is an exciting game in which students roll the dice and feed Charlie (the chipmunk) a matching colored acorn. Watch out for when he pops because the acorns will scatter from Charlie’s tree because you’ll want to reach and catch them to add to your secret stash! Students can practice these bolded words to practice their ch sounds in words and sentences.


    • Another classic, Go Fish, is also a fun way for children of all ages to practice the ch sound. Change the name of the game to “Get a catch.” Instead of saying “Go fish,” students can say “Choose a card.” You can also practice “I found a match!” Use these free Go Fish visual rules to help your students when playing!


    • Catch the Fox is a silly game in which children put chickens in the fox’s pockets and press down on his head. Suddenly, the fox will lose his panda which sends the chickens flying. The kids have to catch the chickens and return them to their chicken coops. When students roll the die, they can practice saying “chicken,” expand to phrases “two chickens,” or make a sentence with “I need to get two chickens.” Between turns, students can remind each other to “Watch out!” After they catch chickens, they can share how many chickens are in their coops.
    • Play What’s in Ned’s Head? And use items that have CH in them! For example, find figurines or mini objects  for cheese, cherries, wrench, ostrich, sandwich, statue, peaches, ketchup, cheeseburger, chipmunk, chair, bench, nachos. Come up with describing words like moldy cheese, rotten cherries, sour peaches, etc or have sound-loaded phrases such as I touched ____ I reached for the ____, I chose the ______.

    CH Articulation Games Online

    • For some online fun, complete the Baby chick maze! The chick hatches then needs to search for it’s mom. Students will have to “Watch out!” for logs and worms. This can be a challenge to reach  the mom. 


    • Play Online checkers with your students. Practice the word checkers when explaining the directions, “In checkers…” and pieces must reach the other side. Which checker will you choose to move? Which direction will your checker move? You can also buy Checkers for hands on play!


    • While ABCYa’s Make a Treehouse doesn’t have a CH sound built into it’s name. It has some opportunities for CH practice like “I choose this piece” or “Which do you choose?” The activity also requires choosing furniture. ABCYa has many other activities that involve making choices, too!
    Get ideas for ch speech therapy online games for teletherapy.

    Sh and Ch Games for Articulation Therapy

    Get ideas for sh and ch sound speech therapy games.

    There are so many fun and engaging CH articulation games that you can use with your students. Like I said before, we get asked “what game are we playing” so often, it’s nice to have plenty of options to choose from! What CH articulation games do you play with your students? Leave a comment or share with us on social media! If you have students working on SH, we have a list for the best SH sound-loaded games too.

    Top Tips for Picking Speech and Language Therapy Books for Your Caseload

    Top Tips for Picking Speech and Language Therapy Books for Your Caseload

    Today, on the Real Talk SLP podcast, we will discuss tips for picking speech and language therapy books for your caseload. Most school-based SLPs have larger caseloads, so finding a speech therapy book to cover every age and goal is tricky. I am going to help you narrow down the book selections so that every month, you can use 2-4 books to cover the majority of your speech therapy caseload.


    In episode 114, we talked about what to do before you start reading books in literacy-based speech therapy. This helps students with comprehension, increases engagement with new vocabulary, and extends the life of a book in your sessions. In episode 115, I share lots of ways to increase engagement in your sessions when reading books. 


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    Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Speech Therapy Caseload

    Before you select a speech and language therapy book, consider what goals you are targeting with your students.

    Here are the list of questions I ask myself when determining what literacy-based speech therapy book I am going to choose:

    • What are the goals you are trying to cover?

    • How many goals can I address with this book?

    • Would this book fit my student’s language levels and attention span?

    • Does this book have a lot of words with my student’s speech sound?

    • What does this book provide for supporting skills in the classroom environment?

    • Does this book provide a new perspective or glimpse into another culture?

    Get the best tips for picking speech and language therapy books for your lesson planning.

    Speech and Language Therapy Books Resources

    Learn how to pick speech therapy books for your literacy-based sessions.

    So if you love using a theme-based approach and need support with picking books, we provide book cheat sheets and book companions in the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We also provide Google Slides with links to songs, videos, and digital activities as well as speech homework, newsletters, task cards, non-fiction reading passages, themed flashcards and more! Here is a list of the books we provide activities for in the membership to give you idea of the themes and books. 


    To find books by themes, speech sounds, or types of language areas, here are the two resources I mentioned for finding books:


    If you are on a budget, try to find books at your school or local library. Check to see if your school will give you a free GetEpic account or check out half priced books.

    Speech Therapy Books for a Summer Theme Mentioned in This Podcast Episode

    In this Real Talk SLP podcast episode, we discuss picking speech therapy books by target area or age. If using themes, pick your theme, then pick your books.

    Here are the books I mentioned in the podcast episode:

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    • Beach Day by Karen Roosa – great for wh-questions, describing goals, syntax and morphology goals, building background knowledge
    • Let It Shine by Maryann Cocca-Leffler – great for wh-questions, describing goals, syntax and morphology goals, building background knowledge
    • When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore – great for figurative language, perspective taking, inferencing, story elements, cause and effect
    • A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen – great for wh-questions, building background knowledge, story retell, making predictions, thought bubble
    • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall – great for students to make personal connections with going swimming, story retell, comprehension, grammar, sound-loaded for speech sounds
    • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell! By Lucinda Collandro – great for sequencing, AAC CORE words, sound-loaded for s-blends, SH, and L, answering “what” questions
    When you serve a large speech therapy caseload, using books is a great way to plan literacy-based sessions.

    Top Tips for Picking Speech and Langauge Therapy Books for Your Caseload

    by The Dabbling Speechie

    10 Ways to Increase Engagement With Speech Therapy Books

    10 Ways to Increase Engagement With Speech Therapy Books

    When it comes to reading books in your speech therapy sessions, it’s hard to keep all the students engaged. And, your therapy time is short, so keeping kids attentive is important for therapy. Today, on the Real Talk SLP podcast, we are talking about 10 ways to increase engagement when reading speech therapy books. You will get practical tips for your literacy-based speech therapy sessions that you can use tomorrow!

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    Engagement Strategies to Use With Speech Therapy Books

    Here are the engagement strategies mentioned in this podcast episode to help with literacy-based speech therapy:

    1. Use iconic gestures – to help teach vocabulary, use it with predictive texts, allows another way to show the child understands the word if they are non-speaking.
    2. Shared Book Reading Strategies – pointing to vocabulary and giving kid friendly definitions of words as well as asking questions that help with making personal connections with the characters.
    3. Novel effects app you can use your phone or iPad. It has lots of our favorite books and would be perfect to use in your small groups or your whole class lessons. With this app, it provides sound effects and music when you read aloud.
    4. Bring in props for the characters, key vocabulary or items that help with sequencing or story retelling. If your students can handle having a prop, have them raise the prop when they hear a certain phrase or predictive text.
    5. Activate background knowledge – Before you read the book, you can activate background knowledge by taking them on a virtual field trip using a platform like Google Earth to see the setting of the book. You can show them some YouTube videos, sing a song, etc. I talk more about activities you can do before you read the book in episode 114.
    Get engagment strategies to use when reading speech therapy books.

    More Tips & Tools for Reading Speech Therapy Books

    Get tips for reading books in your literacy-based speech therapy sessions.

    6. Kids retell the story – After you read the book, have students retell the story in their own words and use book creator to help them make their own story version. 

    7. Do think alouds – Using think aloud questions help with comprehension and staying engaged with the book. Use graphic organizers or anchor charts to talk about characters and elements in the story.

    8. Give each child a story element to hold up when they hear their story element come up in the story.

    9. Incorporate movement – stand and share, turn to your partner and whisper about the character.

    10. Ask an essential questions – Have an essential question that draws in their personal experience? We include book cheat sheets with essential questions in the Themed Therapy SLP membership.

    Resources to Help With Literacy Speech Therapy Units

    If you love using books + themes to plan speech therapy sessions, check out the Themed Therapy SLP membership. We provide book cheat sheets, book companions, and extension activities to help you implement a theme-based approach with less stress for your preschool and elementary caseload. 

    Learn about literacy speech therapy strategies that you can use to increase engagement!

    10 Ways to Increase Engagement With Speech Therapy Books

    by The Dabbling Speechie