Some everyday necessities for a starting SLP in schools (or for parents wanting to work on speech at home!):
- Dice!!! Kids love anything they can manipulate.
- Chips– kids love to add their chips, put them on gameboards, use them with a Chipper Chat, etc.
- Timer– can be used a reinforcer, to keep you aware of when to transition to the next activity, or for behavior management…
- Dry Erase Boards– Visual. Interactive. Enough said.
- Craft supplies (coloring stuff, construction paper, manipulatives–stickers, etc.)– especially for girls—they will color ANYthing!
- Stickers, Stampers, Punches—think rewards!
- Tons of file folders and regular folders (to organize paperwork, student files, student homework folders, meetings, etc)
- Playdoh–can use for almost any language activity!
- BINGO dabbers– kids love these things! Can use during therapy activity or as reward at the end!
Language Builder Cards– These are basic and great—-awesome for kiddos working on basic language concepts (associations, categories, sentence building, etc.)
Red language tins—I use these cards CONSTANTLY! They are awesome—endless number of therapy activities you can do with them. Search and buy them off eBay—-way cheaper usually.
Language card deck—this is cool for 2 reasons….1, because these are super easy and helpful for kiddos working on language and lang processing goals—and 2, because this was created by guru Gail Richards (my professor from EIU!) I feel famous. Sort of.
On the go packs—my friend Natalie made (or has contributed) to most of these! (Shout out!). These are great for “speedy speech”, on the go therapy, or even as mini-screeners at school.
Super Duper card decks—every SLP’s go-to therapy item. I have a million….I have a huge shelf of them—they are useful, relevant to common goals, and convenient. Boom.
These are great—I use them often. I have such a big population of kiddos that do not necessary follow under “Autism” or “Asperger’s”, but definitely have some difficulty with social skills and social language. These are also a great option to use with your school social worker in a co-treat session. These can be matched (question with answers), sometimes I just read the question without the visual, OR sometimes I let the kiddos take turns picking someone in the group to ask. These fun decks are so convenient and relevant to our IEP goals. Highly recommended!!