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.
For therapy, I aim to be as functional as possible. I quickly teach my students needed speech-language strategies and/or compensations and then practice those strategies while systematically taking away prompts and supports.
Speech and language learning doesn't only happen in a therapy room or even in a classroom. Instead, students must communicate ALL DAY LONG, EVERY DAY.
I use these tools below while pairing them with material from the curriculum as able.
Learning comprehensive vocabulary is essential for language development, reading, writing, and social skills. This visual program works wonders. It 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.
This is one of the few games I have and I pair it with EET (more on that at the end). Students LOVE IT!
I have a bin foam shapes and I honestly use them almost every session! I use them during structured conversation for articulation practice (students get a shape for every correct sound production and try to beat their previous record). I also use them to encourage participation in language treatment (great motivator - they love to collect them)
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 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 to ANY language goal at ANY level . You can also apply it easily to the curriculum!
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):
A must have speech therapy materials for schools is some kind of drawing utensils. You can have colored pencils, crayons, or markers.
In almost every session, I use drawing to:
Response To Intervention Start-Up Packet
It has taken me awhile to get to this point, but I finally feel that I have a handle on how to provide tiered services to general education students, see my special education students, and stay sane!
Response to Intervention Materials:
I'm thinking this should be the first one on the list. This is something that I use almost EVERY session and I am NOT exaggerating.
At this point in my life, I have come to terms that I literally lose everything...especially small things. Dice is number one on this list. I have accepted it.
This little gadget from Super Duper has come in so handy. I don't lose this one since it is bigger and students, even older students, are extremely motivated by the electric spinner.
I also use this for drill practice frequently. A student presses the button and when it lands on a number they have to do that many repetitions (i.e., say 3 /s/ flashcards). So simple and so motivating.
You MUST have a mirror when working with children, especially in the elementary schools. Children have the cognitive ability to self-monitor their articulation errors and a mirror helps to teach that skill.
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 keychain. 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 keychain 3 times.
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!
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!
Here you will find some free templates that you can download instantly!
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!
This game is extremely fun! My husband and I may have even played this by ourselves :)
You can use this game for:
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!
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!