Do you walk by all those nicely decorated bulletin boards in the school hallways and wish you had a FUN, pretty bulletin board in your room? But…you feel like you don’t have time and energy to “decorate”? I have a lot of great speech therapy bulletin boards that will be worth your time because they will had color and function to your therapy.
I enjoyed decorating my speech room when I knew that my decor had a purpose. You can check out my blog post on how to make your speech room pretty and functional HERE!
A couple of years ago, I shared a blog post about speech therapy bulletin boards that would allow you to target speech and language goals! Check it out HERE!
Speech Therapy Bulletin Boards For Articulation
Make a an articulation visuals bulletin board! Before practicing at the speech table, head over to the articulation bulletin board and practice tongue/mouth placement with this FUNctional articulation visuals from Let’s Talk Speech Therapy.
Speech Therapy Bulletin Boards To Share About What SLPs Treat
Putting up a snazzy bulletin board that shares about all the different areas we SLPs treat helps spread awareness about our expertise. This is a great hallway bulletin board that you can get from Putting Words In Your Mouth.
You can use my mouth craftivity to target goals in therapy or draw awareness about speech and language disorders!
Speech Therapy Bulletin Boards For Motivation & Accountability
Make a bulletin board that reminds your students that the speech room is a safe and loving place to go! We can make a bulletin board that shares encouragement. Check out how SLPTalk made this cute bulletin board HERE! I found some wood bulletin board paper on amazon.
Make a goal bulletin board for students to review their speech goals at the start of the therapy session. This helps students be more aware of what they are working on in speech. The pops of color from Nicole’s bulletin board come from using colorful astrobrights paper (amazon affiliate link included).
This year I am going to be trying something new with my older students. We are going to track our data on a visual graph at the end of our sessions. I am going to keep them on a bulletin board to remind ME to do it on a regular basis. For confidentiality, I am going to have only initials on each graph chart. Click on the pink button below to get this FREE template.
Here is another goal bulletin board from Speech Me Maybe! She took envelopes and attached them to the board with clothespins that have a push pin glued on the back. Students can get their goal cards out to review before starting therapy!
Speech Therapy Bulletin Boards For Mixed Groups
The Type B SLP made this amazing “Who Am I?” riddle bulletin board that can be used to target language or articulation goals! Find out more about it HERE.
I love having a blank bulletin board to add visuals, crafts, my students work or anything I may need during the year for my caseload. I love the background from A Perfect Blend
Speech Therapy Bulletin Boards For Language
Crazy speech world made a bulletin board that has themed tier 2 vocabulary words, so you can have targeted vocabulary words on display every week. I love using themes in my therapy plans, so this is a great way to visually showcase a set of new words for students to review.
Do you have a FUNctional bulletin board in your speech room? Email me at email@example.com and I would love to share in a future blog post! Tag me on instagram @thedabblingspeechie and use the hashtag #slpbulletinboards to inspire more SLPs!
Needing ideas how to make your speech room functional and pretty? Do you find yourself walking into classrooms and wishing you had a pretty speech room? Instead your speech room is decorated with piles of paperwork. When I spend time at the beginning of the school year to decorate my speech room, I don’t have to worry about decor for the rest of year! My room also feels organized for myself and my students. Over the last few years, I have found ways to make my speech room look pretty with FUNctional decor. Today, I am going to show you how to make your speech room functional and pretty! Amazon affiliate links are included in this post for your convenience.
How to make your speech room functional and pretty
First of, you need to pick your theme or decor colors. If you are a busy SLP and don’t have tons of money/time to shop for “themed” decor, I would recommend picking one or two colors that you love! Pink/yellow, blue/green, yellow/gray are some of my favorite combos.
I used colored fabric for my back drop of my main bulletin board. You can easily get inexpensive fabric by looking in the clearance section or bringing in a 40% off coupon at JoAnn’s or Hobby Lobby. By creating one large bulletin board, you are adding color to your walls and a canvas for organizing all your visuals and resources! Fabric will not fade and can easily be stored for many years to come.
Voila! My bulletin board now has transformed into a therapy materials display! I can do a describing warm up at the start of my session using my Describe It Bulletin Board. When I need to review social skill expectations, I can easily reference conversational rules and making impressions with my Social Skill Bulletin Board visuals. Need these visuals for your social skill kiddos? Download by clicking the pink button below. Click Here to Download
Do you have LOTS of task cards or my interactive flip books? You can store these materials with push pins and hang on the bulletin board. Now you can grab n’ go for therapy!
I recommend buying two different borders and layer them around your bulletin board. Leave one bulletin board empty, so you can hang the student’s work to showcase what skills you have been working on in speech. Update the bulletin every month, once every 3 months or twice a year! I found these borders at Office Depot. I found some Aqua Chevron Straight Border Trim on Amazon too (affiliate link included).
Look for bins or holders that match your decor to put on shelves or the wall. I have cute green bins that I throw all my extra toys/games in, so my room doesn’t look cluttered. It is like my junk draw in the speech room! I got these “oh snap pockets” as a gift from Thirty One Bags. You can purchase some from this SLP HERE! I put all my grab n’ go visuals in here, so I don’t forget where they are located in my speech room!
These cute wall decor were only $3 and matched my room colors! I am planning on putting inspirational quotes, bible verses and pics of my family to help me get through the day with a positive attitude! You could totally use these for vocabulary word of the week or answer wh-questions from a short passage warm up using these too.
These containers make the top of my book shelf look pretty and functional! I store lots of therapy goodies in tins. You can grab the articulation reminders for FREE HERE. I put all of my Social Skill Breaks Curriculum in these garden tins from IKEA. I never forget where my social skill materials are because they are in this visually appealing tins.
I got this Carson Dellosa Storage Pocket Chart from amazon (affiliate link included) and I put articulation word pages in them. You can download them for FREE at Mommy’s Speech Therapy. I just laminated and hole punched them together. Amazon has the best deal for laminating pouches that I have found (can’t beat prime shipping either) $9.99 for a pack of 100 3 Mil laminating sheets is a sweet deal (amazon affiliate links included). The pocket chart adds color and function to the side of my cabinet.
Dress up your door with growth mindset posters! Visually display your expected rules on your door. I grabbed these from the dollar store and love them.
Find cute storage bins for your binders and frequently used therapy resources. I grabbed these at the Target Dollar Spot and they house my data and caseload binders. I am probably going to put all my themed books in the last one for easy access.
Make your desk pop with a cute office supply organizational decor. I found this apple at Office Depot last year. It added some color to my desk and stored some items that I use often.
How to make your speech room functional and pretty can be done! I suggest working on adding a little bit each week. Then, just re-use your decor materials each year! How do you make your speech room functional and pretty? You can send me pics to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love to share on my social media!
Who said bulletin boards were just for classroom teachers? Speech therapy bulletin boards can add function and color to your room! Back when I first started my career, making my room “cute” and “color coordinated” wasn’t really my thang. I often had office rooms that shared with psychologists or RSP teachers or I was stuck in a small box in the cafeteria that didn’t really scream “decorate” me! Not to mention that one year, I covered lots of charters, so I was driving around a lot delivering services in the cafeteria, storage closets, the library…shall I go on?
Now, I love using speech therapy bulletin boards in my rooms. I work at sites that have a room JUST.FOR.ME. and they have great wall space. They aren’t the biggest rooms in town, but it’s all mine with storage space (this girl knows she has it good).
How To Stay Inspired & Get Ideas For Speech Therapy Bulletin Boards
When I create a bulletin board for my speech room, I try to think of something that can stay up all year long. It has to help me with teaching goals too. If you still don’t know what bulletin boards you might like, then look at your caseload. See what re-occurring goals you are going to be targeting. What visuals could you put up to help with those goals? Or ask yourself, what systems or procedures do you want to stay consistent with during the year? That could be a bulletin board! You could make a visual schedule or rules bulletin board to go over before starting every session. Or have a data or goal bulletin board that students have to look at their goal or progress.
When administrators, teachers or parents walk in, they get to see a glimpse of where the speech students go each week. By using functional speech therapy bulletin boards you are also showing your staff all the amazing areas of speech and language you cover! Here are some tips when you are creating bulletin boards!
Buy a fabric instead of using paper as your background. It won’t fade or rip, so you can use it year after year! Using a double border also helps with making your bulletin board stand out. I used push pins on the bulletin board to hang my Interactive Articulation Flip Books for easy access. I added FREE question posters above my bulletin board for a visual reference that you can download from Primary Punch HERE.
This year, I did not use a specific theme like “summer” or “jungle”, which makes it much easier for shopping for decor!
Social Skill Bulletin Boards To Review Vocabulary & Concepts
Help build awareness about all the fabulous areas we work on, so when parents and/or teachers enter our room they can see the skills we target. This social skills bulletin board is perfect for reviewing social skills and also showcasing skills we work on outside of articulation. If you love these visuals, you can download them for FREE by clicking the yellow button below. Click Here to Download
Work on zones of regulation using paint chips and then post them in your room! It can be a visual reminder for students and show administrators/teachers/parents some of the skills you are working on. If you need more therapy ideas for Zones of Regulation, read more about how you can implement the curriculum in therapy HERE.
Visually Display Wh-Question Words
Use wall space to aid as visuals that you can reference when teaching a lesson! Click on the photo above to get these FREE visual posters from Sublime Speech.
Vocabulary Bulletin Board Ideas
The Speech Bubble SLP has this very functional speech therapy bulletin board for working on inferencing! I love it because you can keep it up all year and target inferencing as a warm up during each session.
I use my Describe It! Bulletin Board to target vocabulary and describing items by attributes. It is something I can hang up once and use ALL year long.
I love this Artic Word Wall from Nicole Allison! It adds color to the speech room and can be functionally used for your artic students. Not to mention that they include Fry sight words, so it is totally common core aligned!
I am a very purposeful person when it comes to have “decorations” in my speech room. I want my room to have some flavor, but I also what it to be functional for the needs of my students. Creating a social skills bulletin board for your room is a great way to to do just that! Now, that I am at the middle school level and I have MANY students on my caseload working on social skills.
I made this social skill bulletin board to be a visual reminder for my students about communication and “making impressions”. I also wanted something that other professionals could see when they walked in the room. This is a great way to share about all the skills we speech therapists cover in the speech room. What do you think of my social skill bulletin board? It was pretty easy to assemble and turned my bare wall into something eye catching!!
I found these cute bulletin borders at the $1 store and thought they would be perfect for adding some color to my room. In this bulletin board pack, I created color options for green, blue, pink, orange and gray. I went with green and blue! It includes making impressions, a title “The Key to Great Communication” with the four steps of communication as well as a visual poster to identify “what’s my impression?”
I think it turned out great! I printed everything on cardstock and laminated for durability. This added so much color to my room! It has the bonus of serving as a visual teaching tool as well as show parents/educators another aspect of what this Speech Pathologist does!
Grab this FREE bulletin board template by clicking the photo below.