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Versatile Materials for ANY Speech Therapy Goal

There are a few tools in my speech room that I come back to again and again between job changes and working with a wide variety of levels and age ranges. I thought I’d share some of my favorites with all of you today!

If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that I’m a HUGE proponent of buying flexible and versatile materials so that you can buy less, have less clutter, and still maintain engagement! I’ve been asked what materials I recommend in order to do that and finally got around to compiling several of my ideas!

If you have a versatile material that you LOVE, please leave a comment below! I’d love more ideas!

Without further ado, below are my top picks:

1. These make your own storybook books. My students are obsessed with writing their own stories and I can target SO many skills within that activity!

2. Photo cards that can be used for almost anything! Here are two of my favorites. I use them for categorizing, describing, narratives, phonemic awareness activities, articulation practice, and more!

3. Dry erase tools are engaging, motivating, and incredibly flexible. I’ve worked with children in 3 different settings and have come back to these again and again.

4. These sand timers are so useful! So many of our students benefit from visual representations of time to increase time on task and to decrease difficulty with transitions. These are the ones I use and I love them!

5. Turn blank playing cards into articulation or language therapy cards! My students just love making their own practice cards using these blank playing cards and Sharpies.

6. These colorful counters are so fun! And my students working on articulation drill find them incredibly motivating! Pro tip: Have your students set their own trial goal for each session. They love working to meet a goal they set themselves!

7. Post-it notes are useful for everything! I use them for everything from my own to-do list, written schedules for speech sessions, written cues for push-in therapy, reminders for the inside of my student’s lockers, and interactive therapy ideas! They are the best!

To see more versatile speech therapy materials, click here to check out my Amazon shopping list. I’m adding to this list often so keep checking back for more ideas!

Do you have any materials you find yourself using creatively in a variety of ways? I’d LOVE to hear below! Leave me a comment!

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5 Comment

  1. Reply
    Kerry Stalker
    September 10, 2017 at 6:50 PM

    Are there supposed to be links on 1,2, 4, 5, and 6?

    1. Reply
      September 10, 2017 at 6:52 PM

      Yes, there should be little widgets with images from Amazon. You might need to enable this as an option in your browser! Otherwise, just click on the link that takes you to the Amazon list on the bottom. All of the items are linked there!

  2. Reply
    September 10, 2017 at 7:49 PM

    I love having the kids make their own artic cards too!

  3. Reply
    October 1, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    Hi! What are your favorite pens? Can you add those to the list? 🙂

    1. Reply
      October 4, 2017 at 8:29 AM

      Good idea! I love Flair pens the best although in my experience they can dry out quickly. 🙂 I actually don’t use nice pens most of the time, just whatever I find in the hallways. #middleschool

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