Welcome to the Speech Room

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I've learned so much from visiting other speech rooms (both virtually and through my "real life" experiences) that I wanted to give a little tour of my own room. Hopefully you find something helpful... Or point out something to me that I can improve upon!

Although I walked into an empty room this summer, I have been thinking about my room and materials for a long time. Here is what I started with:

As you can see, my room is pretty tiny, but it is all mine! I have a huge wipe-off board along one wall, which faces my desk, a filing cabinet, and a bookshelf. The hanging pocket chart stand was an unexpected and happy surprise! There were a ton of materials left behind that I had to sort through... A lot of it was outdated (non-speech oral motor activities!?!), but there were some gems in there as well. I feel very fortunate to have inherited so much good stuff! There's also a massive bulletin board out in the hallway that I share with the resource teacher.

And here is what it has become:
At this point, the wipe-off board is probably the most under-utilized part of my room - I'm working on that. Right now, I just have a standing "Our Goals" heading, under which I list each child's name and a goal or two for the session (okay, I *try* to do this for every session... Let's be real, that happens probably 50% of the time). And I write on it from time to time during sessions if we need something written out. I've been using the ledge of the board as a landing point for all of the visuals I like to have at an arm's reach: wh-questions, pronouns, sentence frames, articulation placement, etc. Hanging from the ledge is a stellar pocket organizer that I found on Amazon. It wasn't this expensive when I bought it, but I instantly had buyer's remorse after seeing all of the creative things people are doing with hanging shoe organizers... However, I use it constantly, so I'm trying to justify the cost. In the pockets I have most of the picture-based language and articulation materials that I've created, as well as some small reinforcement items. As you can see, the group table is pretty close to the pocket organizer. I sit right next to he pocket organizer, which for the most part blocks it off from wandering hands, but keeps everything right at my fingertips. You can also see that I'm utilizing the hanging organizer on the chart stand for file folders. I have mostly articulation and language worksheets in here. In the *couple* minutes I have before sessions, I grab materials from both of the hanging organizers that I'll need next and place them in a small bin. I have a few small bins to dump stuff if I time to plan ahead. No time wasted hunting around for things!

On the left side of my big gray cabinet I've stashed all my tests, as well as a bucket of larger games, like velcro mitts (I got mine from the dollar store), frog hoppers, counting bears, etc. On the right side I have my craft supply drawer, construction paper, and bins for larger materials (like plastic fruits and vegetables, toy cars, puzzles, etc). You can see the big gray under-the-bed style storage box on top of the cabinet - This is where I placed all of the materials that I inherited, but don't anticipate using frequently.

The green bulletin board is for my materials. It isn't the prettiest bulletin board, but it is right by my desk and super convenient. Posted I have a clipboard, the district calendar, my therapy schedule, the cluster test list, and file folder pockets with work in progress for the bulletin board in the hall, SLP resources, classroom schedules, and most importantly, my data sheets! I've come up with a system that is really working for me for keeping data. I have printed out each student's goals stapled in a packet by group. I keep the sheets organized by day of the week and group. At the start of each day, I just transfer the ones relevant for that day to my clipboard. This allows me to do planning on the fly (since the goals for each student are right there) and keep data on goals that I may not have "planned" in the session, but come up naturally (because it lists all objectives for each student). I re-use them each week and plan to print off new sheets as they get full or are updated. I transfer the data to the "official" sheets I keep in a huge binder right after the sessions or during my planning time.

Next up is my reinforcement bulletin board, which is posted by the door. My system is still going well! See my reinforcement posts for more on this. It's out of the picture in this shot, but below the board I keep my speech pass return bin, dice (for the reinforcement game) and a jug of hand sanitizer. I laminated "speech passes" and make up one for each student every day. I write their name and therapy time (both numerical and on a clock visual)  and put them in the teacher mailboxes each day. It is a lot of work, but I think this system has effectively cut down on my "fetching time" during the day, since most students are now responsible for their own speech time and come on their own. Which in turn gives me more documenting time and off-sets the time I do prepping the system. The kids deposit the passes in the bin when they come in, and I always encourage a pump of hand sanitizer if they can dig it :)
This is the bookcase that is opposite my ginormous dry erase board. I've tried to group materials on each shelf by skill, so I have a designated place to pull from. I've placed like books in magazine files to ease the searching process. The second shelf down on the right has a lazy susan materials caddy (thank you, Target) with pens, pencils, crayons, glue, scissors, etc. I love being able to pull it to the group table or stash it away as needed.

I'm usually not a label nut, but I had to add some style and color to my austere cinder-block cell... I think these worked out well :)

Lastly, my huge bulletin board in the hall! See my previous post for more on this.

That's it! Hope you enjoyed your tour of Ms. B's Speech Room!

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