Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Melissa and Doug Reuseable Sticker Pad

I am a huge fan of Melissa and Doug toys for both speech therapy and my own son.  Some of their items can be a bit pricey, but their Reusable Sticker Pads are very fairly priced at about five dollars and GREAT for speech therapy!





I got the habitat sticker pad as a gift from a fellow SLP last year and use it all the time.  I just ordered the vehicles pad.  Now I have my eye on the play house pad!  Oh the possibilities!

Here is how I've used this in therapy:

Categorizing:  Have the kids sort and group the animals into their correct habitats.

Vocabulary: Work on naming and labeling the animals to introduce new vocabulary.

Following Directions/Prepositions: Give one to two step directions, while also addressing prepositions by telling the child which animal the place on the pad, as well as where (place the whale above the lobster, etc).

Describing/Comprehension:  Have the child describe the animals using adjectives/descriptors.  You could also have them listen to your descriptions to work on comprehension/listening skills (point to the long, red animal with pinchers)

If you are looking for some cheap and versatile speech materials, check them out here!

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney

Bear Snores On

Before winter break, my preschool kiddos and I read Bear Snores On.  I love the "Bear" series and they are great for targeting language goals!

I made a little cave out of a tissue box by painting it bronze (I would have used brown, but bronze is what I had laying around!).  I had a bear beanie baby and found a printable for the characters in the story here.


While I read, I had the kids place the characters in the cave as they were introduced to keep them engaged and to also work on naming/vocabulary for the animals.  We also worked on following directions following the book by having them listen to which animal I wanted them to put in the cave (put the bear in first, then put the rabbit in).  Prepositions were also targeted using the beanie bear and the cave (put the bear in back of the cave, in the cave, on top of the cave, beside the cave, in front, etc).

We also talked about hibernation since it is winter, but that seemed to be a little above their heads!

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney

Monday, December 30, 2013

A SLP's 2014 Resolutions


Well, friends, it's almost 2014, which means it's time to make some resolutions!  I wanted to limit my resolutions to just a handful and I wanted to make sure they were easy to follow through with.  It's small changes that can make a big difference!  So, looking into the new year, here are my professional resolutions:
 
1.  Acknowledge my kiddos' accomplishments in a BIG way.  Who doesn't like to be recognized for their achievements? Of course, I'll continue with the verbal praise, but I want to take extra steps in letting my students know how proud I am of their hard work.  Time to start using my Awards and Certificates for SLPs more (which is on sale for extremely cheap at SuperDuperInc by the way) and start incorporating some of the cute ideas I've seen on Pinterest, such as the Spotted Using Good Speech behavior management system.  It's always good to send a note of praise home as well!

2.  Set aside time for some serious collaborating and consulting.  Although I do collaborate and consult with teachers, I want to step up that part of my services by making that time more consistent and efficient.  This means doing some education workshops and being better about scheduling specific times to consult, rather than talking for five minutes while I'm on my way to pick up a student.

3.  Learn more about language therapy.  So far, in my 2.5 years of my career, I have done a lot of professional development on articulation, autism, apraxia, executive functioning, and English language learners.  Time to get back to some basics and refresh on some language therapy techniques!

4.  Be more consistent in incorporating core curriculum and classroom units into therapy.  This goes back to number 2, doing more collaboration with teachers and really working together to incorporate their goals into the curriculum and vise versa.  

5.  Less pinning and more creating.  I have a good number of awesome therapy ideas pinned to my account that I have never implemented.  Time to get the creative juices flowing and start implementing some of those fun ideas!

What are your resolutions or what are some resolutions you have accomplished this past year?

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale!

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Past Tense Cookie Sort

Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted any materials!  I finally had some down time to create some materials over fall break.  

While I was at ASHA, I attended a seminar about morphology and why it is so important to address morphology during speech therapy.  One activity that was mentioned was a sorting activity for the past tense ending in the /t/ sound and past tense ending in  the /d/ sound.  This is such a simple activity, but it focuses on multiple components, such as past tense patterns, phonemic awareness, and it also helps with reading and writing patterns.  As a school-based speech-language pathologist, I am all about aligning my practice with the common core and getting more bang for my buck.  If I can find an activity that targets multiple skills and reinforces skills in the classroom, I am all for it!

I created Past Tense Cookie Sort with jazzing up the sorting idea in mind.

In this game, students can sort between future and past tense to help them learn what past tense is, between /t/ and /d/ endings for regular past tense, or between regular and irregular past tense.  This game comes with sorting jars and a set of six mice that will eat up all your cookies if you aren't careful!





Check out Past Tense Cookie Sort at my TpT store, here!

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

SLP Christmas Wish List

I saw a post on Jenna Rayburn's blog, Speech Room News, about what to get SLPs for Christmas and thought that was such a good idea!  I took a more selfish spin on it and created a therapy Christmas wish list for myself, rather than for others.  It's fun to dream, right?  Here are the top 10 therapy materials I have on my Christmas wish list this year (in no particular order)!


 
Seriously, how much more fun can working on prepositions get?  I saw this at the Janelle Publications booth while I was ASHA and immediately wanted it.  It is a sunshine plush that contains a pocket to hold prepositions cards.  You can hide Sunshine and have kids find him and tell where he was hiding.  Any time I can incorporate play into practice is great!
2.  AutisMate  

I saw a demo of this about a year ago at a technology conference and then ran into it again at ASHA.  This app is so practical and functional it's amazing it had not been thought of before.  I'd love to have it at my finger tips to trial with my kiddos.  You can use real life images and create "hotspots" for requesting and students are also able to form sentences using this app.  Learn more about it by clicking the link above.

 
Once upon a time, in college, I did own this book, and being a desperate poor college student at the time, I sold it back to the bookstore once the semester was over.  Now I am completely kicking myself.  How handy would this be?
  
I use literacy activities a lot in therapy and this book would be perfect to use in December!  It's such an imaginative book and a classic.  How fun would it be to wrap up a unit on this book by making hot chocolate (hello, sequencing activities!) and watching clips from the movie?
5.  Time Timer
  
I am need of a timer that has visual representation.  This would be great to use for 5-minute kids!

6.  Ooga Booga
 memory game 
I love Blue Orange games and they just came out with this new gem.  Each card has part of a chant either through words or gestures.  Players take turns laying out a card and repeating the chant from the start.  Not only does this work on memory, but this would be great for articulation carry over!

7.  Smart but Scattered

  

I have a strong interest in executive function skills.  Peg Dawson, one of the authors, did a professional development seminar at the agency I work at and it was amazing!  I would love to continue learning about how we can support students with executive dysfunction. 

 8.   Mr. Potato Head 
 
Why do I not own this already?  It is a staple in any SLP's closet.  

9.  Deluxe Happy Handle Stamp Set
 Deluxe Happy Handle Stamp Set 
 I prefer stamps over stickers because you don't have to repurchase!  I have used stamps in the past for reward after a good session.  It's also more fun than using the paint daubers (not to mention less messy).   

10.  Bowling Friends Preschool Playset 
Bowling Friends Preschool Playset 
One of my placements this year is in a preschool program specifically for kids with behavior goals.  I'm slowly learning that play based therapy and gross motor activities are essential in holding my kiddos' attention.  This game could target so many skills!  I've seen other SLPs place articulation cards under each pin so when students knock down pins, they have to say the target word.  We could also work on describing which pin you knocked down, prepositional phrases, and following directions (when you set up the pins).

What is on your SLP Christmas wish list?

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney
 
 
 
   


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Reinforcer

I have a bad habit of being a frequent shopper in the dollar bins at Target.  Last time I was there, I picked up a Halloween bucket and Halloween socks.  Then, when I was shopping at Joann's (a fabric/craft store), I came across some eyeball bouncy balls to create the following activity:



To make the bucket, I cut the tip of one sock off (adult size) and stretched it over the top of the bucket to prevent peeking.  I then drew a spider on only one of the bouncy balls with a sharpie.  Students take turns reaching their hand in the bucket to grab a ball.  I've played it both ways with my students where if you get the spider you have to put all your eyeballs back or if you get the spider you win that round.

I've been using this game as a reinforcer for articulation drill.  I typically have kids do 10-30 productions (based on how often they need reinforcement and speed/accuracy of production), then take a turn to draw from the bucket.  I've also played this while working on wh-questions using Halloween wh-question cards founds here.  I love this game because turns are so quick and easy that it does not distract from the actual work you are there to do!

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney

Monday, October 7, 2013

Halloween Wh-Question Cards FREEBIE!

October is my favorite month of the year.  I love Fall and, to me, it marks the beginning of Holiday season.  So, let's kick holiday season off with a Freebie!

Below you can find a link to the wh-questions FREEBIE at my TeachersPayTeachers store.



Check out my blog later in the month to see how I use them in therapy!

Get your FREEBIE here!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Why Washi Tape is a SLP's New Best Friend

I have been coveting washi tape for a while now.  I'm not sure what it is about it that makes me want it so bad.  It's cuteness?  It's colorfulness?  My need for everything organizational and office supplies related?
I have been having fun with my washi tape in speech the last couple of days.  Here is how I have been using it:
1.  As Place Holders

I have several kids who need to take breaks during sessions or sometimes will bring toys to sessions.  When break time is over, it helps to have a designated spot for their toy or break activities.  Hence, the "X."  For kids who have trouble keeping their hands off the game board when it is not their turn, making two x's with the tape gives them a clear spot on where their hands should be.

2.  For Directional and Spatial Tasks



I have some super fun road washi tape that my kids love creating little tracks or towns with.  In this case, we were working on spatial concepts above and below.  We had fun moving the dinosaur above the road, below the road, or on the road. 

3.  For Personal Space Boundaries 



I had a student last year who did not understand the concept of personal space and would be practically in my lap by the end of the session.  This is where that visual line of "your space" and "my space" comes in handy. 
4.  Group Data Collection




This saves me from flipping from folder to folder to take data.  I typically don't see my students in groups more than two, but in this case, I had some sessions to make up and did not have a choice.  This is so much easier and manageable than flipping between folders! 

5.  Taking Data in the Classroom




Need to get some data for generalization?  No problem!  Slap some washi tape on the pant leg and go at it!

6.  Organizing my Calendar


I am all about the planner.  I have been using my washi tape to block out certain weeks.  Not to mention there are about a billion patterns and colors to choose from, so color coding is super easy!

You can find washi tape for sale here!

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney







Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hi, There!



Hi, there!  I'm Courtney.  I'm a wife, a mama, and I also just happen to be a speech-language pathologist working in the school setting.  I currently am working with pk-5th grade students among several different elementary buildings.  My caseload encompasses a variety of students, including children on the autism spectrum, children with cognitive disorders, children who have experienced brain injuries, and children who simply need extra support in the area of speech and language.  I have a strong interest in the areas of executive functioning and brain injuries and am actually a member of my agency's brain injury resource team.  I wanted to create a blog to connect with other wonderful speech-language pathologists!  

Why Being a School-Based SLP Rocks


(graphics from MyCuteGraphics)

Okay, I'm going to start off this post with words that may contradict the title.  I'm not going to lie, these last couple weeks have been rough.  Between being between four different buildings this year, learning new caseloads, feeling out my new schools, having about a million meetings (okay, I'm exaggerating on that one), and the insane amount of referrals I've gotten when it's only been three weeks into the school year, I feel like I'm barely keeping my head above water.  Let me rephrase that: I'm practically drowning.  
What I need is a swift kick in the butt and a good reminder on why my job rocks (even at times when it feels like it doesn't!).  So, I'm making a top ten list on why being a school-based SLP is completely awesome as a reminder to myself and others, that even when our job seems to be more about the paperwork and less about the kids, what we do really does make a difference!  Without further ado, in no particular order, here is why our job rocks:
1.  Okay, this is for selfish reasons, but who doesn't like summer vacation, winter break, and spring break?    As a mother, I can't even begin to tell you how much this time I get to have with my son means to me.  Basically, this is a great job to have for family-work balance.
 
2. You get to be creative. Now, I realize creativity and being innovative is a skill that any SLP needs, no matter what setting.  For me, I love making materials (when I find the time), creating activities, and getting inspiration from other creative SLPs. Not to mention that awesome feeling you get when your students get completely inspired and motivated while doing an activity that you've created or found!
 

3. School based and pediatric based speech-language pathologists have an awesome community.  Between TeachersPayTeachers, blogging, twitter, pinterest, ASHA, and Facebook, it has never been easier to connect with other speech-language pathologists!
 
4.  You get to collaborate with awesome colleagues.  I'm talking the whole team: teachers, principals, other speech-language pathologists, school psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, parents, and the list goes on and on!  How great is it that we can easily pull people with a variety of expertise to create a plan for a child to help them reach their full potential?  Not to mention the wonderful private/clinic-based SLPs who I've collaborated on with students!
 
5 You are were the action is!  Being in the schools gives us some huge advantages when it comes to generalization!  We are where the kids spend the majority of the week.  We have direct and consistent access to their teachers and para-educators, who just happen to be vital members in implementing strategies for generalization.  Working on social skills?  We have the prime time to help generalize lessons and implement them in real life: recess!
 
6Flexible scheduling makes life easy!   Outside the 8:00am-3:30pm school hours, the agency I work for offers comp time, flex scheduling, and you can even apply to work from home (outside of school hours).  Can't get much more flexible than that!
 
7.  There is never a dull moment.  Nothing makes the day fly by faster than a schedule filled with students, meetings, and paperwork.  There are days I hear the school bell ring to signal the end of day and I didn't even realize it was 3:30pm!


8.  You are making a difference.  You do the therapy, you take the data, and you see the difference.  There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your students reach success and dare I say, graduate?


9.  You are guaranteed a hilarious moment at least weekly.  Even when I'm feeling my most stressed at work, I will have a least one moment I can think back during the week that makes me smile, whether it be something a kid said or a discussion I had with my coworker.


10.  Last, but certainly not least, you get to work with kids!  This is just a given.  What is not to love?  Nothing is better than walking into a classroom of kindergarteners to get a speech student and having 25 other little people surround you asking when it is their turn.


Bonus Reason:

11Professional development opportunities!  The school setting, at least where I work, provides so many opportunities for professional development!  I can't even begin to tell you how my tool box of strategies, tricks, and interventions has grown in the short two years I have been working.

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney


  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Think Social Curriculum

(picture by Amazon)
 
This year, I have quite a few social skills students on my roster.  In the past, I have been more of a support person or coach for the special education teachers in implementing social skills lessons.  I continue to partner with the special education teachers, general education teachers, and para-educators (para-educators are your best friend when taking data and generalizing skills taught during sessions) in working on social skills, but now I have more of an active role in actually implementing social skills lesson.  At the beginning of the year I reviewed several social curriculums and thought that the Think Social curriculum by Michelle Garcia would be a good fit for all my students.  It seemed very well-rounded, as well as easily adaptable for different students.  Not to mention it is perfect if you are working in a school setting since it is easily tied in with IEP goals and educational standards.
 
The first lesson I implemented discussed "unexpected" and "expected" behaviors.  The vocabulary of "unexpected" and "expected" is not new to me, but the way it is taught in this curriculum is.  I started out the lesson by demonstrating unexpected behaviors myself, such as facing away from them while talking, getting up and jumping around, tapping my pencil loudly on the desk, talking too quiet/too loud, and being a little "silly" in general.  After I demonstrated these behaviors, I asked my small group about what they thought about they way I was acting.  This jump started our conversation into unexpected and expected behaviors.  The students responded very well and had some great ideas.  A few of them were familiar with these terms and were great models for my less experienced students.  I made sure to use their wording when writing ideas down.  The students would get very excited when the expected list was longer or "winning" in their words.  Following this lesson, I made quick stops in their classroom to share information about unexpected and expected behaviors so that this vocabulary could be used consistently throughout their school day.
 

Disclaimer:  I have horrible hand writing and it is even worse on the white board.
 
I look forward to continue sharing how this curriculum is working for my students. 
 
What social curriculum do you use?
 
Happy Speeching!
 
-Courtney

 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Age Old Question: What to do with Missed Sessions?

While spending my Sunday afternoon browsing Facebook, I saw a question on Jenna Rayburn's (from Speech Room News) status from a speech-language pathologist:  How do we deal with missed sessions?

This question was a bit of a hot-button issue my first two years of working in the schools.  In my first year, we were strongly encouraged to make up every session that was missed, whether it was student absence or the speech-language pathologist's.  With a caseload of fifty (which is far less than I've seen other speech-language pathologists have) and no option of substitutes, missing a day of work due to PD or illness was like a death sentence.  It even got to the point that we were expected to makeup minutes that the children would be missing over holiday breaks.  That did not last long, however, as it was soon realized that this goal was completely unrealistic.  To make up sessions, I would have to group more students together and sessions became more about the quantity and less about the quality.  I'm all about keeping compliance with the child's IEP, it's written and designed by the team for a good reason, but when you're seeing a group of five to six kids for the sake of meeting minutes and not much else, quite frankly, it's a waste of the student's instructional time and my own.

On Jenna's Facebook post, a speech-language pathologist recommended going to the ASHA website and searching "missed services," so I did just that.  This article/notification popped up.

In a nut shell, it explains that the state or districts should not be creating policies on how missed sessions should be made up.  Instead, the IEP team should be the decision makers on how great an impact missed sessions would have on the student's FAPE and determine what the outcomes should be to ensure FAPE.

I am curious to try the 3:1 model to help with making up missed sessions in a productive and efficient manner, but have not yet figured out to make this work in my district or agency, although I believe it is something they are looking into.  For now, I reserve Wednesday afternoons for meetings (my district has monthly meetings on  Wednesday afternoons), as well as IEP meetings, work time, and make-up sessions.  This has worked well for me in the past.  I also write a statement on my student's IEPs (individualized for specific students) that addresses the issue of missed sessions.  For example, while describing their services, I may write:

"Minutes per month may vary due to limited student absences, limited speech-language pathologist's absences, school breaks, assemblies, testing, and weather cancellations."

If you want to get more specific, you may want to state the number of absences (e.g. sessions will be made up if the student has missed more than two sessions per month).  I always make a point to discuss this at the IEP meeting and all my parents and teachers have been very understanding.

As speech-language pathologists, we are in the service of helping people.  I personally love my job.  I love working with the kids.  I love collaborating with the teachers.  I love coaching and guiding parents.  I love watching my student's growth.  And you better believe I am one proud mama when a kid is able to graduate from speech services!  Paperwork and rules and compliance are just all part of the package that comes along with being a school-based speech-language pathologist.  Although issues like this can cause stress, we, as SLPs, need to remember that our job is to provide quality therapy and support our students the best we can.  Discuss the implications and outcomes of missed sessions with the IEP team.  When you're deciding the outcome as a team, with the child in mind, you will be less likely to be stressed about making up sessions when needed, and more focused on what is right for the child.

How do you view making up missed sessions?  How do you handle missed sessions?




Saturday, August 31, 2013

Freebie: Speech-Language Pathology SOAP Note Form

When I was in grad school, SOAP notes were the way to go when documenting my speech therapy sessions.  For some reason, once I started in the working world, SOAP notes seemed to disappear and became a thing of the past.  But, now, having flashbacks to grad school, sitting in those one-way mirrored rooms, I realized how incredibly helpful that SOAP note format was.  Objective data is always a must, but it helped to look back on notes and see what their motivation and behavior was like that day to see if it appear to impact their progress and overall accuracy.  It also helped to look at the next plan.  Often I will be in a session with a kiddo and think to myself of something we could work on the next session or a helpful strategy I might use the next time.  I will tell myself that I would remember, but then I would see the next five kids for therapy and the thought was never had again!

I created a SOAP note log, not so I would need to write a paragraph about each session, but so I could make those quick notes and know where to look for them when reviewing data.


Hope you enjoy and find use of this freebie!  Grab it for FREE at my TeachersPayTeachers store here!

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Adding Articulation Stimulus Lists and Probes to your IPad

This weekend I went to go look and update my articulation stimulus lists I had previously created on my IPad, but  realized after I updated my IPad, the lists had been removed.  Wah!  The upside is it gave me the opportunity to do a tutorial on how you can create articulation stimulus lists, as well as individual student probe lists, using a couple easy features on your IPad.

Above is where I have started with recreating my articulation stimulus lists.  I have started with creating a /k/ stimulus list, as well as an example probe list for a student.  Below is an example of a stimulus list and picture for /k-/ in my /k/ stimulus list album.  The great thing about these albums is that the pictures can easily be scrolled through with the swipe of a finger!




Here are step-by-step directions on how you can create your own articulation stimulus lists and student probe lists.  This tutorial is done using an IPad 2.

1.  Using the camera feature on your IPad or the screenshot feature, find photos of your target sounds.  I like to go to the flicker website on my IPad and take screen shots of the pictures I find.  To find pictures on flickr, I just type a word in the search engine and up pop hundreds of wonderful real-life images.  To take a screen shot of your image, hold the button on the upper right hand corner and the home button down at the same time.  After taking a screen shot, you should be able to find the picture in your camera roll.  If you are using your camera, take advantage of real images by incorporating pictures of items around school or home.  For example, if they are working on /l/, take a picture of the library to place in your camera roll. If their sister's name is Rachel and they are working on /r/, have their parents send you a picture of Rachel to put in their probe list.  Nothing is better than using relevant and real life images.

2.  Next, click on your photo app.  See below for visual. 



3.  Make sure you have clicked on the albums tab on the top of the screen for the this step.  Next, click on the plus sign on the upper left hand side of the screen to add an album.  See visual below.


4.  Add your album title.  In the example below, I labeled mine /g-/ for an initial /g/ stimulus list.  After entering your album title, click save.

5.  The next screen should take you to your photos.  Click on each photo you would like to add to your new album.  When you click on a photo, a little check mark on the bottom of the picture should appear to show that you have selected it.  When you have selected all your photos, press the done button in the upper right hand corner.


6.  Tada!  You should now how a new album appear under your albums tab with the stimulus pictures you have selected!


I have a lot of work to do in order to replenish my artic lists I had created, but it is such a handy tool to have for quick and relevant practice words.  I tend to favor real life pictures with articulation practice and adding new words to the albums is really quick!  Hope you find some use out of this tutorial!

Happy Speeching!

-Courtney

  

  

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Simple Apps for Reinforcement

When it comes to the practice-play therapy model (e.g. say ten words, take a turn in a game), I try to keep the games or activities I play really quick and really simple.  I have a handful of apps I typically go to for reinforcement for saying a set of good practice words.  So, without further explanation, here are my go-to apps.


After practicing some good sounds, the student is able to touch the screen to add a star to their sky.  Every time you touch the screen, a musical note is also heard.  At the end of the session, I let the my students swipe the screen with their hands and all their stars fly away.  All together, a very quick and easy way to reinforce articulation practice, not to mention an added bonus if you are practicing /st-/ blends!  This app is currently free.

After practicing good speech sounds, I let my students pick one sticker to add to their background (you can choose from several different backgrounds).  At the end of the session, I let the students press the red button in the lower right hand corner and they are able to see their picture come to life.  As an added bonus, this app doubles as a great language app.  Work on understanding and using prepositional phrases and following directions by telling the child where to put their sticker.  This app is currently $1.99 in the app store. 




This app is so adorable and motivating!  After practicing some good speech sounds, you add "squiggles" to the picture to make the picture come alive.  For example, in the picture above, you add squiggles for clouds to make it rain and make the flowers grow.  In another picture, you draw squiggles for sheep's wool to make the sheep graze.  As an added bonus, this app addresses those pre-writing skills!  This app is currently free.

What are some of your favorite quick motivating and rewarding apps?

-Courtney



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Traveling Speech Office

This year I transferred to a new school district (still working for the same agency) and with this new district came some new circumstances.  The past two years I have generally worked in two different schools and had split my time evenly between them.  This year, I am starting at four new schools.  My caseload numbers will be very similar, it is just split up somewhat differently.  One of these schools I will have  my own room, two of these schools I will be sharing a space with some other resource and special education teachers, and one school I will have no space of my own at all.  Organization is what keeps me sane during the school year, so I needed to have some sort of traveling office since I won't have a consistent space.  Enter: Scrap Booking Case.

I found this at Micheals (after seeing one of my speechie friends rolling one along) and luckily, it was on clearance.  Since my space at my schools is limited, I have packed this case with all my necessities.  The Vera Bradley bag is something I have always carried around, so the rolling backpack is was the only add on.  A tour of my office, shall we?

The first stop on our tour is the main pocket.  It has a divider that can move around at your convience.  Right now, I am keeping my speech binder, clip board, and book study books.  It also comes with a removeable compartment, which I will show you soon.

The "lid" of the suitcase carries pens/pencils and inside is a removable compartment that I carry paperclips and highlighters (will soon be adding post-its).


The very front pocket currently hold stamps, dobbers, and stickers (basically anything I use in therapy consistently).


There is also another front pocket that is the perfect size for holding file folders.  My student folders and confidential files will still be held at the individual schools.

There are quite a few side pockets as well.  Currently, they are only holding my "mission money" which I hope to be posting about very soon!
I am holding my activities and games at my home office, which is still being organized, so I will plan on posting that fairly soon!  The plan is to lesson plan a week ahead and bring what activities I need for the day in my Vera Bradley bag.
Link up to your speech rooms! I would love to see the d├ęcor and organization!

Happy Speeching!
-Courtney