Have you ever wondered what other people use for therapy? Me too! Now, before people think I’m having a massive attack of hubris…
I’ve been asked by a couple of people (namely SLPBridget) to talk about my “must have” therapy materials. So this is a quick post to discuss my therapy favorites.
1) I’ve devoted a post to these products already…but 2Gals and their therapy materials are fabulous. I (and my students) really enjoy the games “Looting Pirates,” “You Win,” and “Gold Rush.” At about $20 each, they are a reasonable expense for a variety of activities. I can do language, artic, and pragmatics therapy with all of them.
2) Go for the Dough. This fun game was purchased at Super Duper. It’s a great way to work on synonyms, rhyming, opposites, categories, multiple meaning words, and definitions. I’ve also used it for articulation…The kids don’t care – they just want the money!
3) Crocodile Dentist. Yes, there’s an app for it…but really, there’s nothing quite so satisfying as the squeals that occur when little fingers get “bit.” Guaranteed to make me laugh.
4) Candy Land Castle. My younger kids love this game…actually, my older ones do too, they just won’t admit it. I use it for color/shape naming/matching, articulation play, language play, pretty much anything. The kids love it because the little pieces go shooting out when the candy cane is pressed.
5) Cariboo Island. Another great one for just about any therapy target. Particularly good for the younger kids. Sometimes I will put a sticker or “treat” in the “treasure box” so when it opens there’s a bit more in there. The kids like it either way.
6) Webbers Jumbo Book of Artic Drill. Easy stimulus. I particularly use this for those sentences activities. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great for word/phrase level too. Easier than printing out gobs of things. The CD works great for printing out homework pages too (if I don’t use the FAME workbooks from 2Gals).
7) Giant Book of Phonology. Now, I’d be lying if I said this was all I ever needed for phono therapy. Some of the words are not what, in my very biased mind, I consider appropriate (e.g., “CAT” as a stimulus for initial K in words..you just don’t do that – at least not in the beginning!). But, I can (and do) pick and choose the words I want to use. It’s as easy as flipping open the book, tapping on the picture, and saying the words. What’s great about this is that there are 4-8 words per target sound – then phrases – then sentences. You can just keep the book open and repeat throughout the session (and no, the kids don’t get bored with it because you’re playing a game…but that’s another post when I talk about Cycles).
8) Thumball. I will say, I absolutely LOVE my thumballs. I bought my first one at ASHA08…and now I have two. For those who don’t know what this fantastic little item is…
Basically, it’s a small nerf-type ball (so it can be tossed inside) with many hexagon shapes on it. Each shape has a different word or phrase. I use this a lot for asking/answering questions, social skills, etc. The kids love it because they are moving (catching/throwing) and it’s “different.” The two I have is a “categories” and a “getting to know you.” I am looking forward to getting a few more (who knows…maybe at ASHA12)! If you haven’t seen one or don’t own one, I strongly suggest you get one soon. I’m not sharing mine! 🙂
9) Pop Up Pirate. What can be more fun than sticking plastic swords in a barrel and making a pirate explode out unexpectedly? You’re right…absolutely nothing. Pop-up Pirate easily ranks as one of the top 4 games in my therapy room. My preschool kids love it and so do my older kids (4th-5th grade). Pop-up Pirate can easily be adapted for language or artic or … pretty much anything. What’s best about this game is it’s no-muss-no-fuss. No set up required. Open the box, take out the barrel, pop-in the pirate.
10) iPad… ‘Nuff said.
As you can tell, I have very few things that I use that are strictly one or the other thing. They can all be adapted (easily) for language, artic, or whatever. I’m sure I missed a few items (after all, it is still summer break for another week)…but these are the ones I know I would
need want if I started a new position.
I’m really looking forward to hearing what others see as “must-have” materials. Please, drop me a line here and let me know…I’m always looking to expand my therapy activities.
Until then…Adventure on!