The Summer break can be a good time to consider planning and organization for the coming year. I find that often the thing that holds me back the most during the year and wastes the most time is being disorganized. If I haven’t got paperwork in files, or I haven’t organized my therapy resources in an easy-to-find format, I can waste a lot of time just ‘looking’ for stuff. But not this year! This year I am determined to plan ahead and get organized! I’ve been searching online, looking for some good advice to get me started on my epic planning and organization journey and here’s a round-up of some of my favorite blog posts on this subject:
Top Planning and Organization Ideas for Speech Therapy
- Organizational Tips: Kari from Rock, Chalk Speech Talk, shares how she got her speech therapy room organized this year. Her ideas are practical, easy-to-apply actions that can really help any speech room to get organized. If you are disorganized and don’t know where to start with getting ready for a new school year – start here!
- DIY Toolbox Organization: We’ve all seen those cute teacher toolboxes on Pinterest, but have you considered making an SLP one for yourself? Click the link to read how Jenn from Crazy Speech World made her own SLP organization toolbox – and it has a fun chevron theme!
- Theme Therapy – A Guide to Making Your Year Easier: Every school year, the same themes keep recurring. There are a few big ones like Christmas and Hallowe’en but there are also less obvious ones like ‘Earth Day’ and ‘Fire Safety Week’. Have you ever considered how grouping your therapy resources into themes that you re-use year after year could help you be more organized? Check out this post by Jenn to see how she did it by clicking on the link above.
- Functional Decoration for your Therapy Room: Colorful and co-ordinating decor is always easy to appreciate, but it doesn’t help you to get organized. Or does it? Well Nicole from Speech Peeps shares in this post how she believes that all decor should be functional and should help to keep your speech therapy room organized. Click the link above to read more.
- Toolbox for Stimulus Cards: Do you have a pile of stimulus cards purchased from TpT that just keep piling up and are in need of organization? Check out this post by Natalie Snyders SLP where she tells how she purchased a toolbox drawer unit and created a stimulus card organizer from it!
- Quick Organizational Tip for School SLPs – The Power of Color: Natalie Snyders, SLP tips us off on a powerful weapon that all SLPs have access to…color! Have you ever thought about how your students and their parents might react to you associating with a particular color? Well Natalie has, and her insight is very interesting! Click the link above to read more!
- How to Survive as a Travelling SLP: Maybe you don’t have a speech room to call your own – perhaps you are a travelling SLP, visiting different schools/clinics each week. Well you will need to be really organized! In this post Natalie gives 9 survival tips for travelling SLPs – so if you are a travelling SLP in need of advice, click on over and read more!
I hope that some of the ideas in the blog posts referred to above will give you some ideas that will help you get excited about planning and organization in your speech room. To give yourself a little extra motivation, and to make it easier to start on this task, why not download these FREE Themed Binder spines I’ve made to help me get more organized by clicking here.
These binder spines are annotated with many of the different themes that recur in my speech room each year and I’m thinking that keeping all my resources in themed categories will really make it easier to find things in a flash! I hope you will find them useful. Thanks for reading!