SLP Hack for Sensory Bin Material Storage

SLP Hack for Sensory Bin Material Storage

Have you ever had visual supports and cheat sheets that you like to access for your sensory bins in your speech therapy sessions? But, you aren’t sure where to store them so you can access them easily? You are lucky because I have the ultimate SLP hack for sensory bin material storage to share with you today!

Top Tip for Staying Organized With Your Speech Therapy Materials

This SLP hack will help you keep all your visual supports and play therapy cheat sheets together in the sensory bin!

One way you can stay efficient with keeping your materials organized is by having them together in one spot! With just some Velcro dots and page protectors (Amazon affiliate links included for your convenience), you can keep your visual supports and cheat sheets in the bin.

If you need some more sensory bin organizational tips, check out this blog post. I use a similar method of organizing for my speech sound disorders by having a container where I store all my tools, data sheets, visuals, and materials so I can grab anything I need at the moment. Check out how to make your speech sound container on this blog post.

SLP Hack for Sensory Bin Material Storage

When running mixed groups or seeing students back to back, it’s nice to reference your cheat sheets during the session. But, if you aren’t careful, all your speech therapy materials can become scattered all over your room. Most times, we school-based SLPs don’t have tons of time to put visuals and sensory bin materials back neatly in their storage container or binder. So, when using a sensory bin, you want everything you need to be easily put back in the bin.

Once you slide your cheat sheet into a page protector, add Velcro dots to the lid of the container and the page protector. Then, stick the cheat sheet to the Velcro. Now, you can grab the visuals quickly during a session!

You can see this in action on Instagram

Need These Sensory Bin Visual Rules and Cheat Sheets?

Back when I started using sensory bins, I quickly realized that some of my students needed me to help them understand the expectations for how to interact with the bin activity. That’s why I have a visual poster to help remind students what to do! We want to keep germs away while using the bin, and this has been so helpful for my students. Since I used the visual support so often, I needed to have it handy at the drop of a hat! That’s why this SLP hack to put it on the top of the container’s lid has helped me have the tools I need now.

If you need this visual and the printables for a flower sensory bin, I want to invite you to attend a LIVE webinar to learn “How to Use Sensory Bins to Cover Speech and Language Goals.” Click the picture below to sign up! You get access to the webinar replay for two weeks.

Sign Up For the Sensory Bin Webinar and Get LOTS of Tips for Using Sensory Bins

Tickets are $9 and include:

-1 hour CMH units (Clinical Maintenance Hours)

-Ultimate Sensory Bin Guide – step-by-step instructions and recommendations to help you find the right bin, fillers, and materials to make your sensory bin with a visual rules poster, storage ideas, and printables to make bins

-$15 worth of sensory bin materials

-A fun learning environment that will answer all your questions about using sensory bins in speech therapy.

What Sensory Bin Hacks Do You Use?

This SLP hack will help you keep your visual supports and play therapy cheat sheets together in the sensory bin!

Do you have an SLP hack for keeping your sensory bin materials together? Or, just tips for keeping students engaged while using a sensory bin? Let me know your hack or information in the comments!

If you need some more sensory bin ideas, here are a few of my faves:

I Spy Sensory Bin (Great for mixed groups)

Ocean Sensory Bin

Penguin Sensory Bin

Snow Sensory Bin with Plow Trucks

Ep. 90 Five Tips for ESY Services

Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Today we’re going to be talking about five tips for working ESY Services to make it a little bit more fun and successful.


In this episode you’ll hear:


5 tips for working ESY services:

  1. Try something new
  2.  plan by themes to cover your younger and older students.
  3. pick books in your theme that can cover a wide range of skills and goals
  4. Set a time when you will arrive and when you will leave
  5. Keep things easy when you can

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Ep. 89 4 Things That Could Be Missing From Your Articulation Sessions

 Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Today we’re going to be talking about four things that could be missing from your articulation sessions. If you have students who really struggle with being motivated in your sessions or if you’re hitting some roadblocks with helping your students generalize their speech sounds into conversation and outside of the speech room, this episode is for you!
  In this episode you’ll hear:   The 4 things that could be missing from your articulation sessions  

  1. you may need to stay at the syllable level longer
  2. you’re not incorporating phonological awareness
  3. incorporating self-monitoring Into your session
  4. you’re not varying tasks to provide naturalistic opportunities to practice 
When it comes to planning by themes, you need all the cheat sheets for keeping track of words in the theme that have your student’s speech sounds.


It makes all the difference to have a cheat sheet to reference for sound-loaded words to target while reading a book, a passage or a play activity.


That’s why in the Themed Therapy SLP membership you get a speech sound word list for the theme as well as words broken up by speech sounds for the toy guide and book cheat sheets.


This helps you run a mixed group much easier knowing you have a resource to help you target all the goals. Sign up for the waitlist for the themed therapy SLP membership because the membership is re-opening summer 2022 and you don’t want to miss details!


Start asking your employer if they would support you this coming school year as we take purchase orders and have group rates.

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Ep. 88 4 Things You Can Streamline With Your Caseload Management

 Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Today we’re going to be talking about 4 things that you can streamline in your caseload.  Over the years, I would look at what was causing me stress or areas where I felt like I was always scrambling to get things completed. Then, I asked myself, “What could I do to make this easier to execute?” I would develop systems by taking small actionable steps to get better. When we have things streamlined, when we have systems set in place, we are able to do a good job and serve our students well.



In this episode you’ll hear:


4 Things You Can Streamline with your caseload:


  • Your speech referral process
  • Your speech reports
  • Where your materials are located
  • Your weekly speech therapy schedule


Let someone else take lesson planning off your plate because I know how much you already have on it! Get on the waitlist because doors are re-opening summer 2022.


Blog Posts and Resources Mentioned:


Why I Have a Speech Referral Process

Using Google Forms for Speech Referrals


How to Write a Speech Report Like a Rockstar

Organizing Speech Therapy Materials

Articulation Organization Container

Google Sheets Weekly and Daily School Calendar (click to make a copy)

Google Docs Weekly Calendar for one site


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3 Grammar Activities You Can Use to Also Build Vocabulary

3 Grammar Activities You Can Use to Also Build Vocabulary

When looking for quality grammar resources, you ideally want something easy to prepare, aligns with evidence-based practices, and engages your students. It’s also a bonus when you can find grammar activities that build vocabulary skills.

Sometimes it is HARD to find these types of grammar activities because grammar instruction can be boring for our students. There I said it. Our grammar therapy can get stale if we don’t watch out and switch things up when we notice our students aren’t engaged! When you see the glossy-eyed look or off-task behavior, all the signs you need to know it’s time to find a new grammar lesson.

I am always trying to create or find grammar resources that will keep my students motivated to practice in a session but won’t scrimp on quality intervention. Today, I am sharing three grammar resources that can build vocabulary with you.

If you are looking for tips on grammar intervention, check out this blog post.

Easy to Adapt Sentence Graphic Organizer for Grammar Intervention

Use these grammar activities to simultaneously build vocabulary in your language therapy sessions.

Many of our language-impaired students struggle with understanding the parts of speech. Your students may show weaknesses with noun-verb agreement, adding in adjectives, adverbs, or prepositional phrases.

With your students who need to build more complex sentences, this FREE sentence frame graphic organizer will help them color code the different parts of speech.

Plus, you can use this graphic organizer with ANY activity. One of my favorite ways to use this visual support is with wordless short videos. In particular, the Simon’s Cat YouTube videos are pretty handy to use with this graphic organizer.

You can read more about how to use those videos HERE.

Target Themed Vocabulary with the Graphic Organizer

If you enjoy planning by themes, you can use themed books, photos, videos, or picture scenes to work on themed vocabulary while teaching grammar concepts.

As a group, have your students describe what they see while you write it in the correct parts of the speech column. Then, your students can create sentences using the graphic organizer’s visual support.

While your students create their sentences, you can use the vocabulary from the photos. Check out these seasonal inferencing task cards if you need some themed photos with this graphic organizer.

Have engaging grammar activities that also help build vocabulary in speech therapy!

Resources for Targeting Grammar and Vocabulary with the Sentence Graphic Organizer

There are LOTS of ways to use this sentence frame graphic organizer! Pair this with real photos (search on pixabay) or GIFS! Need help with adding GIF? Head to my YouTube video and watch at the ten-minute mark. 

You can also use Simon Cats videos, picture scenes from books or comics, and the pictures from these seasonal-themed verbs and vocabulary sets. Click the link below to check out.

A Grammar Activity that Focuses on Building Vocabulary in Context

Have grammar activities that also build vocabulary in your language therapy sessions

Many years ago, I had a student who struggled week after week with remembering the grammar rules. Slowly, both the student and I became frustrated with the therapy process. My student was beginning to lack confidence and motivation to practice. And I, as the clinician, was stumped on how to help my student learn the grammatical rules. The evidence-based practices of implicitly and explicitly teaching the grammar concepts weren’t working for my student.

That’s when I shifted gears to focus on the content of a sentence. Instead of hyper-focusing on grammar rules, we concentrate on what makes a complete sentence. We began making sentences with real photos that included the who, what, where, and when. To reduce the overwhelm of writing and generating sentences independently, I made scaffolded worksheets to help build confidence with this student.

Changing How You Present a Grammar Activity Can Be a Game Changer for Therapy Progress

As we continued working on building sentences with who, what, where, and when, I found that my student was engaged, participating more confidently and creating more complex sentences with less support.

And with this approach, you can also target grammar errors within the context of the sentence, so we practiced grammatical rules as we reviewed each sentence created.

You can work on building vocabulary that is related to the picture by adding adjectives, more complex verbs, and vocabulary words seen in the photo.

If you need build a sentence grammar worksheets that focus on content versus grammar rules, check out this resource in my store!

Maximize your language therapy with grammar activities that also build vocabulary skills.

Get High Trials and Teach Depth of Knowledge With This Grammar Resource

A lot of research shows that explicitly teaching the grammar rules with a cueing hierarchy is effective for learning morphemes. But, it’s hard to keep your students engaged while drilling morphology.

So, that’s why I came up with the Grammar Tracer worksheets. They are No Prep, incorporate tracing to keep hands engaged (and your OT happy), and provide a lot of trials with one verb at the sentence level.

You can help your students build deeper semantic networks with the targeted regular and past tense verbs by using visual supports to explain the verb in kid-friendly definitions and providing synonyms and antonyms.

You can stick these worksheets in a page protector and get many great grammar drills in a session. Often, I try to break up the session to have a drill activity and then a more play-based or hands-on lesson. If you start with these grammar worksheets, you can transition to the naturalistic activity feeling good that you got that structured practice in the therapy session.

What Grammar Activities Do You Plan that Also Build Vocabulary?

Do you have a grammar resource or activity that helps keep your students engaged while engaging in meaningful practice? Let me know what games or materials you have used to target different grammar concepts. If you use any of these grammar resources in your therapy session, tag me on social media @thedabblingspeechie so I can celebrate your therapy wins!

It’s always an excellent grammar lesson when you keep your students engaged and build vocabulary simultaneously!

Ep. 87 The ONE Thing That Could Be Hurting Your Teacher Buy-In

Hey Hey Hey SLPs! Have you ever found yourself looking at your students’ goals and progress and realize that some of the students on your caseload are not where you want them to be? In today’s episode, I will be talking about teacher buy-in. It’s one of those things that is the glue to the collaborative services. And yet it can be so difficult because every team that you work with has different personalities. So that’s why we’re going to be talking about ways to make teacher buy-in successful.



In this episode you’ll hear:


  • Success story of teacher buy-in
  • Why consistency is important
  • Opening the door of communication


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Blog Posts and Resources Mentioned:


Collaborative Services Can Support Your Students

Three Things to Do Before You Start Co-Teaching

3 Myths of Push-In Services

How to Set-Up Your Push-In Services


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