Welcome to Speech Therapy Materials Schools! Before I get to my 'must have' recommendations, I will share my professional philosophy so you can better understand my suggestions.
I aim to be as functional as possible. I quickly teach my students needed speech language strategies/compensations and then we practice those strategies while systematically taking away prompts/supports with ANYTHING! Preferably material from class.
Speech and language learning doesn't happen only in a therapy room or even in a classroom. Instead, our students need to communicate ALL DAY LONG, EVERY DAY.
While other speech/language companies have fantastic materials, I own quite a bit myself, I use these tools below more frequently while pairing them with material from the curriculum.
You MUST have a mirror when working with children, especially in elementary school. Children have the cognitive ability to self-monitor their articulation errors and a mirror helps to teach that skills. Uses:
This is one of the few games I have and I pair it with EET (more on that at the end) . Students LOVE IT! Uses:
Everybody needs a "go to deck." Visuals are needed for some students for almost any goal including vocabulary, increasing MLU, following directions, story re-tell. Super Duper has some great decks but nothing as cheap as this one! Uses (Any Language Goal):
This has been a priceless addition to my bag of tricks! I use it mostly for teaching awareness during articulation practice. Every time a child says a target sound in a word/phrase/sentence, he or she presses the key chain. It slows down students and teaches awareness of just how many times their sound occurs (not just in a target word). For example, if the target is /s/ and the phrase is "I see silly monkeys," the child would press the key chain 3 times. Uses:
I have a bin a foam shapes and I honestly use them almost every session! I use them during structured conversation for articulation practice (they get a shape for every correct sound production & try to beat their previous record). I also use them to encourage participation in language treatment (great motivator, they love to collect them and I don't have to waste time playing games!) Uses:
Kids LOVE stickers. I was driving myself crazy with all these complicated behavior charts, sticker charts, etc... I was creating more work for myself. NOW, I just hand out stickers after every session, and if a child works extra hard, they can earn 2 or even 3 stickers. Extra stickers are given for any desired behavior. It works like a charm and it is SIMPLE! USES:
Tongue depressors are sometimes needed for teaching placement during articulation therapy. However, I have used these for so much more. In a pinch, I will grab a handful. Children have to use their descriptive vocabulary, full sentences, whatever...to receive a depressor to build house. Very motivating! Uses:
Story Grammar Marker
This tool is a bit more expensive and will most likely need to come out of your school's budget but it is WORTH IT. This program and the one below, EET, are the ONLY TWO "programs" I recommend using for general language goals. Story Grammar Marker is extremely helpful for teaching oral language, narrative structure, story retell, reasoning skills, and reading comprehension. It is functional and can be adapted for ANY language goal and ANY level of the child. You can also apply it easily to the curriculum!
Expanding Expression Tool Kit
I saved the best speech therapy materials schools for last! Learning comprehensive vocabulary is essential for language development, reading, writing, and social skills. This visual program works wonders. It again, is a bit expensive, but it is WORTH it. The visuals and colors are great memory techniques for students. It can also be adapted to ANY material pulled from the curriculum. It targets vocabulary learning, writing skills, and oral language.
Check out our free word lists and download to your Google Drive. You can bring them up for a quick practice, during a game, or simple drill practice!
I am a HUGE fan of documentation in Google. It keeps me organized and sane. I use it for my private practice and school job. Check it out!
We all KNOW that a home program is crucial for progress and carryover, but let's be honest...who has time for it! That extra 5 minutes of copying just seems impossible on most days. So....we decided to make it easier for you!
If you want access to home program materials, parent handouts, Facebook group, and more...learn about it here!