Use Paper Plates to Target Grammar – EBP aligned!

Use Paper Plates to Target Grammar – EBP aligned!

Let’s face it: SLPs are on a budget. And apparently, so are school districts . . . ‘cause they never seem to have any money available for educators to use for materials (this could be a whole different blog post filled with rants).

I know some SLPs get NO money for supplies, which is very unfortunate. That’s why I love having speech therapy activities that are budget-friendly, engaging for students, AND align with evidence-based practice.

Budget-Friendly Grammar Speech Therapy Activities

Today, I am going to share some grammar speech therapy activities that use paper plates. All you need are paper plates, glue, scissors, and markers! Plus, these grammar speech therapy activities will make you feel like a confident SLP, knowing that your lesson is aligned with EBP. Your kids will never know that they are “working” the entire session—which is a dream for the busy SLP.

What’s the Evidence Around Grammar Intervention?

If you want more information about best practices for grammar intervention in speech therapy, head to this blog post for more articles and tips. I always feel more confident about my therapy when I see research backing it up.

Cueing our students with the correct grammar form has shown to improve gains with grammar. In this study below, the researchers looked at using conversational recasting and cueing. Cueing showed more significant gains, but in other studies conversational recasting has also shown to be effective. Click the pink button below to get this FREE verb checklist. 

With the results from another study, the researchers found more gains with grammar concepts when the clinicians used 24 unique verbs in a session with conversational recasting. Conversational recasting  is when the clinician emphasizes what the child said with the correct grammar target. For example, if the child said, “He eat,” the clinician could say, “Yes, he eatsssss cookies.”

I will show you how you can get those 24 unique verbs in a session with my paper plate ideas. After reading this research, I did recognize that implementing this approach could be very difficult for SLPs who have high caseloads and are forced to have therapy groups of 4 and 5 students.

This research helped me to remember that I can target more than just a handful of verbs during a session (what I was previously doing in my drill) and that using a variety of verbs really does help our students with language impairments.

Plante, E., Ogilvie, T., Vance, R., Aguilar, J.M., Dailey, N.S., Meyers, C., … Burton, R. (2014). Variability in the language input to children enhances learning in a treatment context. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 23, 530–545.

This research article found that explicitly teaching the grammar rules to students is effective.

Finestack, L. H. (2018). Evaluation of an explicit intervention to teach novel grammatical forms to children with developmental language disorder. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1044/2018_JSLHR-L-17-0339.

Grammar Speech Therapy Activities with Paper Plates

The research shows that children with language impairments make better gains with generalizing grammar markers when provided explicit teaching of the grammar rules. That means we have to teach them the rule for the grammar concept.

So, for example, you can make a paper plate grammar slider to work on noun-verb agreement and present progressive markers.

You can also target past tense “was/were” and past tense regular and irregular grammar markers.

How to Make a Paper Plate Grammar Slider

First, you need to get an X-Acto craft knife, paper plates, markers, and colored paper (Amazon affiliate links included for your convenience). Then, you can cut out a two inch colored piece of paper to write the verbs and another strip to write is/are.

With the X-Acto knife, you will need to cut two slits in the paper plate. Allow at least 2 inches for the slits. Then, write your verb targets on one of the papers. Use two strips and try to write 24 verbs. The research also shows that using 24 unique verbs in a session shows significant improvements with language.

Then, slide the strips of paper between the two slits. Now, you can slide the paper strips up and down while practicing different verb targets.

You can adapt this grammar activity to work on pronouns or adding prepositional phrases.

Paper Plate Grammar Challenge

You can also work on grammar targets with a fun grammar challenge using paper plates. You need two paper plates. With your scissors, cut 2-inch slits around the plate. Then, on the other plate, put a generous amount of glue on the middle of the plate. Then, stick the plate with the slits on top of the glue.

Students can flip the flaps as they practice using their grammar target at the word or sentence level. After doing some drills, you can have students do “verb charades” and act out different verbs as an engaging activity. If you need help with coming up with verbs, download my free verb checklist by clicking the button below.

With your marker or stimulus picture items, glue/write your grammar targets on the bottom plate. You could write the verb on the top plate and then the conjugated verb for present progressive, past tense, third person singular, or future tense on the bottom plate.

More Easy-Prep Grammar Speech Therapy Activities

I have these fun visual supports that you can use with playdough to work on building more complex grammar structures. Read about it HERE and get the free printable.

You can also use Simon’s Cat videos to work on LOTS of verbs and grammar. I usually pair these videos with my FREE graphic organizer that you can find HERE.

What materials, books, or resources do you use to work on grammar in speech therapy? Share in the comments. If you make these fun paper plates in therapy, I would love to see pics. Just tag me on Instagram @thedabblingspeechie.

File Folders Ideas for Your Speech Therapy Caseload

One of the best ways to create materials for your speech room is to use file folders. File folders are easy to store, are readily available, and can be transported easily in your therapy bag. Today, I will share file folder ideas you can use with your speech therapy caseload. 

Most SLPs use file folders to help keep them organized with confidential student information such as assessment reports and IEPs. They are great for that purpose! But, I also love using file folders in speech therapy to make visuals and activities.

Where To Get File Folders for Your Speech Room

As a budget friendly SLP, I try to get access to file folders through my school. When I had a $100-200 budget, I allotted funds to stock up on file folders. If you like having color coded file folders, Amazon has a good set HERE (amazon affiliate links). They can be helpful for color coding therapy groups or forms. 

File Folder Ideas for Behavior Management

Use file folders in speech therapy to visually re-inforce expected versus unexpected behaviors during a lesson. I just opened a file folder and then folded each side into the middle. Then, I glued color paper on each side, so it could help students differientiate the side their names were on. Then, I just used post-it notes, so I could re-use the file folder for a different purpose or group.

Use file folders to create visual supports and behavior management charts. I have several students with behavior charts, so I put all the visuals I need in one place. If you need these FREE printables, just click the button below. It comes with black and white, color and a blank version that is an editable PDF, so you can customize for your students. I wanted to laminate and use with a dry erase marker, so I used my 12 inch laminator that I got from Swingline on Amazon. You can also laminate on your school’s large laminator. If you need laminating sheets, I love stocking up from Amazon. 

Use Your Worksheets To Create Interactive Activities

I love using no prep worksheets into re-useable file folder activities. They take a minute to prep, but then you have them available any time you need them. File folder activities can be used as independent work or as station activities. You can even make for the classroom teachers or parents to try and get some additional practice outside the speech room. 

With some of my themed no prep activities to work on noun-verb agreement with “is” and “has”, I printed out these spring worksheets, cut them out and then glued the pictures to the file folder. I then, laminated the folder. Next, I laminated the images, cut them out and attached with velcro dots. This is now an interactive language activity, I will never have to photocopy again lol. Want to make your own noun-verb agreement file folders? These sheets are in all of my seasonal no prep resources you can find HERE.

If you haven’t started using velcro dots, I highly recommend them! Amazon is my go-to for these. 

Here is another example of turning a cut n’ glue no prep worksheet into a re-useable file folder activity. Just glue the worksheet on the folder, laminate, and then attache velcro for the interactive pieces. This activity is part of my No Prep Categories Worksheets.

Make Interactive File Folder Activities

You can make interactive file folder activities to target various skills. Kids love anything that lets them dress or build something. If you have limited space and don’t have room for many toys and games, try these Dress Me Clothing file folder activities from my store. You can store them quickly, and they increase engagement in your sessions. 

If you need more file folder activities like this, some of my themed push-in language sets have similar activities:

Design a Monster

Make a Jack-O Lantern

Build a Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Man Story Retell File Folder Activities 

Dress a Penguin File Folder Activity

Use File Folders in Speech Therapy for Vocabulary

Much research shows that teaching tier II vocabulary is very helpful for reading comprehension and building vocabulary skills. When you incorporate antonyms, synonyms and understanding prefixes/suffixes and root words, it can help students build stronger vocabularies. I put different colored construction paper on the file folder. I folded the two sides into the middle to create the three sides. Then, I got based words and prefixes that could go with the base words with post-its.

Create Homework Activities with File Folders

Some of my students are also working on their speech sounds at home. To help parents give their child feedback, I used this visual self-reflection sheet from Speechy Musings (it’s free if you are on her newsletter list). I stapled the visual on one side.

Then, I printed up words using my Any Craft Companion and stapled those to the other side. With a paperclip, I slipped on the homework accountability sheet from Kiwi Speech (it’s free too).

Keep Your Visual Supports Together

Visual sentence frames helps students when they are learning a new skill. It reduces the cognitive demands, so they can process and practice the new skill until it is mastered. Check out my post HERE if you need more ideas and info about sentence frames. I have a lot of students that are working on inferencing for language and for social skills.  When we can make smart guesses about what the person is thinking or feeling based on their body language, it can help use with understanding the character’s motives in a story, carry on a better conversation or know what to say in a social situation.

 I just glued these visual inferencing sentence frames to a file folder and can use with any activity, video, or photo. I like that it is portable and could even be given to a student to have at his/her desk. Get the sentence frames and 10 free photo task cards in my TPT store. Need real photos to work on social inferencing? These photos are from my social skill breaks curriculum that you can access HERE

You can also glue or staple together two file folders to create a trifold. Then, you can add visual supports students may need for language skills such as parts of speech, attributes, adjectives, or antonyms/synonyms like the Student Language Helper I made for my students. 

How Do You Use File Folders in Speech Therapy?

Since I have file folders readily on hand, I am always looking for easy ways to use them in therapy for students. That means I want to know what you are doing with them! Please share your best therapy ideas or tips in the comments or email me at fe*********@th*****************.com. Of course, you can always share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thedabblingspeechie.

Increase Engagement with Magnetic Wands In Speech Therapy

Increase Engagement with Magnetic Wands In Speech Therapy

I know the pressures of planning therapy. There are so many components to planning an effective session. You want it to be goal related, have meaningful trials, practical application to the real world, opportunities for data, and for the kids to have fun will they are learning. Plus, you want your students to be engaged with the content.

You would think planning lessons with all these elements would be easy. But, at times it can be really hard. I think we have so many balls in the air (aka paperwork, therapy, IEPs, medicaid, communication with the team) at one time that coming up with ways to make our sessions engaging while working on the same goal each session can feel overwhelming. Today, I wanted to share lots of ways to increase engagement with magnetic wands in speech therapy.

Where You Can Find A Magnetic Wand In Speech

I have found that simple tricks and materials can bring an activity to life. Do you notice that too with therapy? There are certain materials that have become staples in my room. My magnetic wand and chips are one of those. They can be used across a lot of grades and goals.

I got my magnetic wand and chips on amazon. You might have a magnetic wand in some of your Super Duper resources that you can use as well! Where else have you found magnetic wands and chips? I would love to know in the comments.

Game Ideas Using Magnetic Wands In Speech

Magnetic wands can be used in simple, yet FUN games. When kids are having fun, they are more likely to remember the information/skills they are working on in speech. This first game can be used with any card deck to make your Memory game fresh and different.

I first learned about using paperclips and magnetic wands with any card decks from my girl Lauren over at Busy Bee Speech. Ever since I saw her “catch the gingerbread man” version of this game, I started using it with my students. First, you need to grab the free printables by clicking the pink button below. Then, print up the pictures for the particular seasons. I used the popsicles and sun for summer. Put popsicles under your task cards with paperclips. Put a few suns under the task cards. Students then pick up the cars with the magnetic wand. If they get the popsicle, then they get to keep the card. If they get a sun, the popsicle was melted and they don’t get to keep the card. The student with the most cards wins. There are different versions for the seasons! This is a great game for mixed groups.

Big Roller Game Using Magnetic Wands

All you need are some magnetic chips or paperclips, a magnetic wand and a die. Grab whatever stimulus items you need. When each of your students takes a turn, he will practice his target, then roll the die. Whatever number he rolls, that is how many “coins” he will earn. Whoever has the most coins at the end of the session wins. You can add in your own rules for what happens if the student rolls a 6. Maybe a 6 is an extra turn, steal 2 coins from another player or lose a turn.

You can use magnetic wand chips or paperclips! I store my magnetic wand and chips in a mini plastic pencil case. It is easy to store and grab if I need to take it to my other site. Check out more ideas for how to use paperclips in speech HERE. This is a great game for mixed groups. If you need more game ideas for mixed groups, head over to this blog post for ideas!

Where Is The Treasure?

Use a Super Duper card deck or any skill deck that you own for this game. I saw this idea from my SLP blogger buddy Danielle from Sublime Speech and loved the possibilities of it! Put magnetic chips under some of the cards. When it is the child’s turn, they can use the magnetic wand to pick a card. Pretty cool, right!?

Here are some game variations I have used to make Memory more exciting! If the card is picked up with the magnetic wand, that means they found the treasure! They get to keep the “coin” as their treasure. Whoever has the most coins at the end wins.

If you need verb action cards that are set up by seasonal theme, I use my memory cards from my Seasonal Vocabulary & Grammar Activities Bundle to work on verbs with the game Memory, Go Fish or the Flashlight game.

To make it extra exciting, you can hide some extra coins under cards.

Use Magnetic Wands to Teach AAC CORE and Fringe Vocabulary

With this same activity, work on getting the student to communicate using the CORE vocabulary of “go,” “my turn,” “like,” “more,” “all done,” “there,” and “here”. Students can request the color that they want, how they feel while playing with the magnetic wand and work on social exchanges like “this is fun.” I like to withhold the wand and the magnetic chips to also work on initiation, and joint attention. These wands also work on cause/effect, which is great for trying to get joint attention and keeping kids motivated to request more of something.

Put fringe vocabulary on their communication book/board or device for “sticks”, “pick up”, and  “I got them all”. What other fringe vocabulary would you add? I use my low tech communication boards with students that are non-verbal, limited verbal or even just benefit from having visual cues to help me reduce my verbal prompts.

Teach Vocabulary Concepts With The Magnetic Wand & Chips

Put items in a box that are magnetic and items that aren’t magnetic. Have the students use the magnetic wand to see if the items stick together. Work on negation (not magnetic/is magnetic) or “it sticks,” “it does not stick.”

With the magnetic wand and chips, you can teach the basic concepts of “more”, “less” and “all.” Give different amounts of chips to the students in the group. Ask them questions about who has more, less, or equal amounts. Talk about picking up “all” the chips or discuss who has “none.” Only have one student? Use stuffed animals or figurines to have the chips.

Use Magnetic Chips To Increase Engagement & Help Collect Data

You can use the magnetic chips to help show students when the activity will be finished. This will help engagement and focus. Each time the child sees a picture covered, they know how much closer they are to ending the task. These verb action sheets are in my seasonal vocabulary and grammar BUNDLE set.

If you have students that need answer choices to demonstrate understanding of verbs, pronouns, vocabulary, answering wh-questions, etc. use magnetic chips to keep your students engaged and get data too! Put a chip on each of the pictures. Give the stimulus to the student such as “show me the person swinging” and they can make their selection with the magnetic wand. You can take data in the process.

What are your therapy ideas using magnetic wands in speech?

I would love to know how you use magnetic wands in your speech room! I would be so grateful to have more therapy tricks on how to use these fun therapy materials. Share in the comments, post a pic on Instagram and tag @thedabblingspeechie or email me at fe*********@th*****************.com.

Lids N Lizards Speech Therapy Board Game

Lids N Lizards Speech Therapy Board Game

 

You will love this blog post if you are tired of using flashcards and worksheets in your speech therapy sessions! Today, I am sharing how to use the Lids N Lizards speech therapy board game to cover LOTS of goals.

Not only is this one of my go-to category games for speech therapy, but it’s also so easy to adapt for targeting speech sounds.

 

Where Can SLPs Get The Lids ‘N Lizards Speech Therapy Game?

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Lids ‘N Lizards is a game created by Super Duper Publications. You can get it on their website. I also checked Amazon (cause I know SLPs love Amazon) and you can get Lids ‘N Lizards there, too.

How to Play Lids N Lizards

The Lids ‘N Lizard game has green metal tins and little lizards. You place magnetic vocabulary pictures on the roof of the metal tins. Then, lay the lids on the table and hide lizards under the metal tins. Students take turns picking up metal tins to see if they found a lizard. If they have a lizard under their tin, they get to keep the lizard. The student with the most lizards at the end of the game wins! With each turn, the student has to describe the pictured item under the lid. One way to adapt this game all year long is to put different items under the lids. I made some seasonal printables that you can download for FREE below. Each item in the download has /l/, so instead of Lids ‘N Lizards, you can call the game Lids ‘N Leprechauns, Lids ‘N Lunchboxes, Lids ‘N Ladybugs, and so on!

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How to Adapt for Mixed Groups

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Articulation Goals – This speech therapy game for students working on /l/, /z/, or /r/ at the word or phrase level. For students working on other sounds, you can create carrier phrases with their sound, such as “I found a/an _____” for /f/ or “I spy a/an _______” for s-blends.

Phonological Awareness – Ask students if they hear their target sound with the magnetic picture, count syllables for the word, or identifying the beginning and ending sounds. 

Vocabulary Goals – The game is already designed to work on describing common nouns. You can always use lids and magnets to work on naming adjectives, describing attributes, and answering wh-questions about the items.

Grammar Goals – When a student picks up the pictured item, you can have them name the noun’s function or action word. They can use the verb in sentences such as “The boy eats the ice cream.” Have the student work on past, present or future tense. With the noun picture item, you can also work on marking plurals or having students create a sentence with an adjective or prepositional phrase. The student can also work on marking pronouns by talking “who” has a certain picture item, such as “She has the ice cream.” or “Give the truck to him.”

More Speech Therapy Goals to Target With the Game

Speech Fluency – With all the mentioned articulation and language therapy ideas mentioned above, you can do similar activities while having the student practice their speech fluency strategies.

Social Pragmatics – While playing the game, you can work on students following the social rules of the game. Students can practice having their brains and body thinking about the people in the group. So, they can work on their non-verbal listening skills while the other person is sharing an item and then have to retell what the person said to show that they had their brain in the group. You can also grab a set of problem-solving or social situations the student must answer before taking a turn at the game.

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How Do You Use This Speech Therapy Board Game With Your Students?

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I have used the lids and magnetic pictures to have students sort items by categories. I just use the lids to have the students sort the items onto the correct category group. This has been very effective for my younger students that need hands-on experience. How do you adapt this game in speech therapy? Share in the comments! Need more games for your therapy room? Check out some of my favorite games HERE.

If you need more speech therapy articulation games, check out this list for targeting s-blends.

Bee Activities For Elementary Speech Therapy

Bee Activities For Elementary Speech Therapy

Raise your hand if you’re an SLP who plans their lessons by theme! I plan themed lessons because it’s easier to align with the teacher’s curriculum and/or find resources to adapt for my whole caseload. One of my very favorite themed lesson ideas is to use bee activities for elementary speech therapy, especially during the spring.

bee activities for elementary speech therapy to work on language, main idea, vocabulary, grammar, summarizing and listening comprehension

If you love the idea of using bugs as a theme, these activities can be easily adapted for your upper elementary caseload. There are tons of bee activities for elementary speech therapy out there, but these are a few of my personal favorites. (Bonus: bee themed activities are a great opportunity for SLPs to educate students on the environmental importance of bees!)

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Bee Activities For Elementary Speech Therapy

Elementary teachers often cover life cycles in their classrooms. SLPs can align their language lessons with these life cycles using bees. Here is a FREE bee life cycle activity that SLPs can use from TPT. Need more life cycle activities with bees? Pinterest and TPT are an absolute treasure trove for life cycle themed activities and crafts.

Elementary teachers also frequently cover insect units. This includes lessons on pollination, in which bees play a significant role. Mystery Science has some great science lessons on pollination (side note: this is one of my new favorite resources). They show videos and walk students through the step by step process for completing the science mystery. Students with language delays benefit from visuals, so this is extra amazing!

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DIY Bee Activity Reinforcer Game

When I saw this DIY bee game that Jenn from Crazy Speech World shared about, I knew I had to make one for my bee activities lesson plan. I didn’t have time to paint my hive, but my egg crate still looks like a beehive.  I adapted my beehive to have a “stuck in honey” section.

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Here’s how it works. If the student bounces the “bee” into the egg crate, they get points according to where they land. When the bee lands in the “honey,” the student loses a turn (alternatively, you can deduct five points.)

This was super fun and I used it across all my elementary grade levels (TK -5th). Crazy Speech World offers even more fun ideas and resources for using bees in speech therapy that you can read all about HERE.

Bee Videos For Elementary Speech Therapy

The best place to look for bee activities for elementary speech therapy is on YouTube! You can find so many great non-fiction videos to teach vocabulary, main idea, compare/contrast, summarizing, and so much more.

bee activities for elementary speech therapy to work on vocabulary, main idea, listening comprehension and more!

Non-Fiction Insect Videos Youtube Playlist is a great way to have all your videos in one spot.

Like Fruit? Thank Bees by Scishowkids

Busy Bees by Scishowkids

Build A Beehouse by Scishowkids

Bee Resources & Activities For Elementary Speech Therapy

Scholastic has a whole lesson plan unit on bee activities for elementary students to use for English Language Arts.

Create a bee craft to work on describing the bee’s body parts! This is an amazing craft idea from The Classroom Creative.

Read Works also has free reading passages with “bees” as the focus of the non-fiction informative texts. This is perfect for mixed groups because you can target grammar, main idea, and listening comprehension, and you can work on articulation carryover for /s, z, r, th/.

All About Honeybees Listening Comprehension Task Card in my TPT store (FREE).bee activities for elementary speech therapy to work on main idea, listening comprehension, defining vocabulary and sharing details. Perfect for common core and language therapy

Can’t get enough of these insect-themed speech therapy ideas? Want some resources for your 2nd-5th grade students with receptive and expressive language delays?

bee activities for elementary speech therapy to work on vocabulary, compare and contrast with non-fiction interests in speech therapy

Grab the whole set of Insect Task Cards For Listening Comprehension for your students.

7 Ways To Get Organized SLP

7 Ways To Get Organized SLP

Are you surrounded by piles of THINGS in your speech room? Between doing therapy, writing assessment reports, and IEPs, having time to organize feels nonexistent. In my SLP world, there can never be too many speech therapy organization tips. I feel like a hot mess most of the time when it comes to staying organized. Anyone else out there feeling the same?

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Over the years, I have just accepted the reality of organized chaos. Keeping your materials and paperwork systems organized really depends on your style. Plus, I have found that unless you are given an adequate workload, you are always going to feel unorganized.

What Is The Point Of Speech Therapy Organization?

Getting organized is to help you reduce stress, be more productive (work smarter, not harder), be on time, meet deadlines and to be able to find the resources you need to do your job. You will never be 100% organized (we are humans). The majority of SLPs out in the school setting have bigger workloads than they can complete in their contracted time. But….when you invest some time to streamline systems, you will find that you can get things done more efficiently. Which means, all the great things listed above!

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Easy tips to help your stayed organized with your speech therapy materials.

Quick Speech Therapy Organization Tips That Work For Me

True story…I seriously have a junk drawer where all the piles go (can’t lose anything if it is all in one place, right?). In all honesty, you need a spot in your room where you can dump your stuff until you actually have time to organize it. That’s why drawers, bins, cabinets and anything that hide materials really helps to store the clutter until further notice.

If you are sitting here thinking, “Felice, I am ready to get my SLP space more organized. Help me.” Let me just say, I still can’t believe that I have tips for you, LOL. There are days when I feel completely unorganized.

Organizing Speech Therapy Materials

More Quick Tips For Organizing Your Speech Room

7 Ways To Get Organized SLP

1. Organize your digital materials, so you can easily access them in a session. Create Youtube Playlists for certain types of videos that you use most often. Simon’s Cat, SciShow Kids, Wordless Short Videos, and videos for social skills (links included on my social skills page) are some of my favorites to use in therapy. Organize your no print or PDFs that you like to use digitally on your iPad by folders in your Google drive.

speech therapy organization projects to help SLPs get more done!2. Make copies of all those IEP forms, checklists, Health and Developmental, etc. so you have a copy handy when you need to quickly put together a packet for a family. Have extra copies of homework sheets, graphic organizers you use often, or parent handouts.

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3. Make a binder for something you have to reference often like your speech referrals. When everything is in one place, it is easier to put speech referrals or give forms to parents and teachers.

  1. Include parent consent forms, a log to list when you screened a student, developmental norms, and whatever else you might need. You can see my Facebook LIVE on my own referral process. I turned to Google docs and forms for keeping track of referrals and information that I need from teachers that you can read about on my BLOG POST (it has a link to my referral form that you can make a copy of and use!). I put helpful developmental milestones, parent permission slips and anything else I need to store a hard copy of for teachers and parents. Here are some links to organizational forms that have helped me or I stick in my binder for reference:
  2. Make a binder or therapy resource box filled with all the materials you need for a certain skill. You have those students/groups where you have a plan in mind for therapy, but prepping items for them each week is time consuming. So, I have made an /r/ and /s,z/ carryover binder filled with all the resources that I need to treat that sound at the sentence, reading and conversation level. It has books, reading passages, homework sheets, conversation starters, etc. Here is a blog post with some of the items I put in this binder resource.

4. Block out time in your week that is devoted to preparing materials that will help reduce lesson planning time all year long. If you don’t dedicate and schedule in that time, it will either never get done or you will stress doing it at home after a long day. Only prep those materials you need right now, or will be grab n’ go materials for future sessions. If you are limited on time, don’t prep the WHOLE resource if you only need part of it for the week.

"I spy" sensory bin is perfect for building language with understanding of categories, describing items by attributes and using them in grammar.

5. Make cheat sheets for books, sensory bins or toys that you use all the time! This will help you remember what vocabulary words you want to use or words that have your students speech words. You will have wh-questions handy and won’t have to think on the spot. Speech Time Fun has a blog post about making cheat sheets. My Ultimate Sensory Bin Guide has cheat sheets for mapping out skills for your sensory bins, which you can grab by clicking that button below.

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Easy speech therapy organization ideas to help you work smarter not harder!

6. Organize your materials by theme for the whole year like Crazy Speech World did. When SLPs have a place for materials, you will be able to easily access them as you change themes. I have a bin that is filled with all my sensory bin materials. Each month, I pull out all my themed resources and keep by my therapy table to grab as I need.

7. Organize your Google calendar for at least the next three months. Take time to look at upcoming assessments and IEPs you have. It is important for SLPs to schedule in when you are going to test those students on your calendar. When you have your day/week scheduled out, you will know how to plan better for the week. Schedule all your IEP meetings on the calendar, so you can start preparing those documents weeks ahead of time. You can also make a month at a glance calendar to see all the meetings/IEPs you need. That way each day, you can write down the top three items you need to do for that day or week.

What speech therapy organizational tips and tricks do you have for other SLPs? Any organizational projects you have done that really helped you this year? Comment below and share! I need all the help I can get….just sayin’.

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