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Have you thought about how you will use your materials for both in-person speech therapy and remote learning? Before you abandon all those loved resources, check out some ways to use what you have for varied service delivery platforms. 

• Organize Your Resources

This is by far the first step in being able to use what you have whether you are face-to-face with your students or virtual. Check out this post for organizing your hands-on materials. For organizing your digital materials (both static PDFs and interactive resources), I suggest using Google Drive. Sort your resources into folders for easy access or linking. 

Here are some categorical suggestions for organizing digital therapy materials:

Digital Resources for iPad Use
Digital Resources for Google Products
Static PDFs for On-Screen Sharing or Printing

You can also sort by theme, month, target area, etc.

I also suggest taking the time to make lesson plans with links to your resources from your drive. I made a simple Google Sheet with theme headings across the top and target skill area down the side. I was able to create my 4-week summer lesson plans quickly with this plan. You can continue to add to this all year long, especially if you use themes. You may also want a column for "evergreen" use any time resources with quick links.

• Start Using Boom Cards

I admit I am ALWAYS slow to jump on trends. Don't be like me! Start using Boom Cards today. No printing, cutting, or laminating involved. You must have a Boom Learning account to join, but may be eligible for a free trail. Fast Play is always a free way for students to engage with Boom Card decks. This is my preferred way, at this time. I'm still learning to use features like assigning decks without Fast Play and taking advantage of the data tracking. I have created several Boom Cards decks that mimic my printable materials so I can still use them in my sessions in a more interactive way. You can create your own, too!

• Adapt Static PDFs for On-Screen Interaction

YES, YOU CAN use a static PDF for teletherapy! You know, the printables you purchased via digital download that you never planned to use on a screen. I have some ways to make these interactive, but you can also just show a page during a screen share (by screen share I mean through your teletherapy platform options).

Have you tried the digital tool on Teachers Pay Teachers? It allows you (or the seller of the product) to create a fillable form from an already purchased PDF by clicking the "create digital activity" button. These can only currently be used in Google Classroom. Also, not all sellers have enabled this feature and not all products will work in this capacity, but some will. My 12-week articulation home programs would allow you to add the student name and week assigned, boxes for checking off work, and a mark-up for listener rating. I've also added some fillable boxes to my Book Bin Buddy free resource.

Badger State Speechy has some great videos on her YouTube channel to help when adapting resources for teletherapy. You can save individual pages of a PDF for sending to students as home practice, sharing on-screen, marking up, or for adding a digital component. You can learn more about opening a page in the free Kami app

Also, when sharing a static PDF, you can use free Adobe Acrobat Reader mark-up tools to make the page interactive with highlighting tools, pens, and comment boxes. Check out this tutorial or even this one.

Click on this video for how to make a PDF editable in Google Slides. You can do it!

• Try a Document Camera

A quick search can turn up ways to turn your iPhone or iPad into a document camera. I bought a holder (affiliate link) to attach it to my desk. You can also purchase a document camera or use an Osmo and Ipad. My friend, Desiree with SLP Talk, has a tutorial. Using a document camera will allow you to use your physical manipulatives (ex: story dice, mini objects, game or task cards) or visually show an action or printable activity during your teletherapy sessions.

Do you feel more comfortable using the materials you already have with a few adaptations? You will be prepared for both in-person and virtual options.

This back to school season may have school-based SLPs looking to our medical counterparts for inspiration on navigating PPE (personal protective equipment). For many of us surrounded by ample acronyms, this one was not commonplace in our repertoire.  

*Please know this post is written by an SLP practicing in the school setting with no evidenced-based research on the effectiveness of the items I suggest. This is simply a collection of my searches for items that may prove helpful and can serve as a draft list for your research, as we plan for in-person therapy in this historical time of uncertainty.

Many items I link have no affiliation; however, this post does include Amazon Affiliate Links.

Have you considered wearing scrubs?

I generally take a comfort over formal approach to my attire and this has become more of my lifestyle in recent years, so jumping to scrubs probably won’t catch too many looks. I like that these items can be transported to wear only in the school setting and washed on hot water for sanitizing.

Here is the set I personally ordered.

I also considered a basic set on Amazon; however, it's already currently unavailable. Here's the same brand.

Check out this FREEBIE from Peachie Speechie that outlines the benefits of wearing scrubs.

Will you add a traditional mask, clear view mask, or shield to your therapy bag?

I have them all and various still on order, too. I’m not suggesting this hoarding habit, I just want to be prepared. I wear glasses everyday, which makes mask wearing tricky due to the fogging up. For now, I have my fashionable fabric choices from a local hand-maker, which have a wire at the nose bridge and work okay. My face shield over glasses option is my favorite. I may need to also wear a mask unless I’m more than 6 feet apart. I also have on order a mouth shield and a mask with the clear center from The Hearing Spot. Another face shield that attaches at the neck was also recommended by a colleague.

I will also keep a stock of disposable masks

What bag or container are you carting/carrying around?

This was not on my radar when I initially drafted this post. I have two bags that meet my needs (a rolling scrapbook cart and a scrapbook bag). Neither is easily wipeable, so I’m going to consider some new options, while also checking out my pool bags and cooler bags at home to see if there is a no-cost option.

These Scout Bags keeping popping up in my searches because they are easily wipeable.


I've also considered a crate with handles.

Likely I will use one of my dish tubs that I keep for organizing materials for any items that will require sanitizing. My box of disposable gloves will also be returning to school. 

Are you making or purchasing a table shield?

I know plexiglass and acrylic are currently not easy to find or reasonably priced, but I am thinking about these frame/display boards to use as portable dividers. While these are small barriers, they might help with being able to see a student's face while still keeping social distancing. 

I'm also very intrigued by this video to make your own table shield. My district may have something in the works, too.

Have you stocked up on your disinfecting supplies?

I have been out of luck finding enough disinfectant wipes, spray and hand sanitizer items, so the search is still on. Make sure to check the FDA list of toxic hand sanitizer brands before you make your purchases.

How about a make your own hand sanitizer? My searches keep bringing up the use of aloe vera gel, rubbing alcohol, and essential oils as the ingredients.

You can also prepare your materials for easy sanitizing, by using a press and seal type wrap, clear view sleeves, or a binder cover insert for use over tablets, game boards, and printable worksheets.

Here are some of my previous back to school essential buys to consider after taking care of your PPE list. What have I missed on my short list this year for in-person back to school?

I'm not claiming to be a teletherapy expert. Like many SLPs, I just happened to be thrust into this service delivery model with no prior warning. What I learned is that virtual speech therapy is very similar to in-person therapy. Many of the same tricks will work to keep your students engaged. So, before you throw away all your habits, take a look at these 6 ways to make your sessions pleasing to your audience while still targeting communication skills!

→Use a Virtual Background
Depending on what video conferencing platform you are using, you may be able to insert a virtual background (ex: Zoom). If your platform does not have this feature built in (and you can't figure a workaround), try sharing an image on your screen during screen share or even hold up/hang up an image or object in the background. This creates an immediate conversation starter when the session begins and may even become a session in itself if you switch your backgrounds out. It also may provide excitement around a theme or topic & serve as an inferencing tool. My summer students loved to guess our theme based on my virtual background each week!

→Allow Students Mouse Control or Use of Annotation Features
Again, this may be limited depending on the platform you are using for your sessions. I found my younger students wanted me to do most of the controlling for more complicated tasks, but they were more than willing to click to spin the wheel, roll the dice, play a reinforcement game, choose/click the activity, or make a mark in their favorite color. If your platform does not have shared mouse control, but it has screen share, teach them how to screen share and send them a link in the chat box to open on their end for some quick interaction. Use toytheater.com for spinners & dice, check out a wheel creating website, or use Boom Cards™️ for your therapy plans (click for a freebie below). I have also opened a static PDF using the free Kami App for quick and colorful annotation features.

→Take Virtual Field Trips

Adding in a virtual field trip can be your entire plan alone. You can also use it to supplement your theme or lesson. Zoos, aquariums, and beaches have live cams. My students could not get enough of the live zoo cameras. I personally found myself intrigued by all the live beach cameras. The virtual travel possibilities are endless! YouTube videos will also work great for doing some exploration of famous landmarks, national parks, etc.

→Use Visual Schedules
Just because you are not seated at a nice kidney shaped table ☺ with all eyes on you while you share the therapy plan doesn't mean you should avoid using visual schedules for teletherapy. Hold it up if it is one you routinely use during your in-person sessions (like below) or share it on the screen if it is in PDF form. I made a quick visual schedule for our online social skills group that I could share on screen, where we often followed the same routine (as in-person) that consisted of four activities (greeting/check-in with feelings, conversation, self-regulation, and game/activity). This created a sense of normalcy despite our abnormal circumstances and kept students engaged until the end, while usually trying to lobby for their favorite game activities (the one we did the week before:)!

→Play Games
If you routinely used a reinforcement game during your sessions (ex:  practice 5 times and choose a card), then by all means don't stop now. I still had my can of cards near my computer and would pull a card for each student following their turn. It was just as exciting to see their faces intently wait to see what card I showed them on screen as it was for them to pull in person. This was also good for visual memory, as I had some students that remembered all their points without me even showing their cards again at the end. Play games like headband games, 20 questions, or memory. Hide items in a container (or plastic eggs) to reveal contents. I've also been known to allow a quick digital reinforcement game at the end of a session, so you can also drop a link to have them play a quick game online. Toytheater.com is also great for this purpose.

→Get Your Students Moving
I had a very sad little one on our last summer session. She fell off her chair while wiggling around. So, I used movement as distraction. We acted out the items we needed for our theme. As we set up our beach with our lemonade, beach towel, umbrella, bucket and shovel her tears subsided! I also like to use movement to practice our targets during drill. Say your target 5 times while under the table, near a window, while waving your hands, or with a friend (or family member). My teletherapy groups got a kick out of seeing the other students do this, as well! Try also a quick scavenger hunt. It can be a pre-planned hunt for target items, a hunt to get them talking, or as a therapy break. "Show me what the spoons, towels, pens/pencils, or books look like in your house."

As we move forward with back to school plans, I feel much more confident in continuing to service some of my students via teletherapy, while also adapting my in-person plans to accommodate social distancing. 

If you are like me, when workload tasks begin to overwhelm, I turn right to making attempts to organize (or reorganize) my spaces in order to clear the clutter from my view and hopefully my brain. Again, it is usually at these less than desirable times when deadlines are due and the clock is ticking, but nonetheless I find myself deep in the organizational trenches. So, whether you have a system for your speech therapy materials that might need a tweaking, desire a system for more efficiency, or are like me and tend to use this task to clear and propel other areas, I have a product that might be just what you need.

My Lesson and Materials Organization packet contains all the LABELS you need to set up a solid system for your speech therapy collections.

There are four (approximate) sizes:
8 x 10 Landscape
3 x 10 1/2 Strips
1 1/2 x 10 1/2 Strips
3 x 5 Rectangles

The labels are all in black & white and many include picture icons for easy identification. You can use these labels on bin storage containers, filing boxes or cabinets, binders, file folders, or zippered pouches.

Truly the possibilities are endless to organize (or reorganize) all your materials. The labels are simple, yet can add so much visual appeal to your therapy space. I chose to print my labels on white paper; however, you can also choose to print on the color of your choice to match your decor.

While labels are not editable; I have included months, holidays, seasons, a large collection of themes as well as speech therapy topics. Download the preview to see the list of all labels.

I start by taking some inventory on the materials I have and then sort them into themes or categories. I use storage containers for all my thematic materials.

Below are some Amazon Affiliate links that contain storage ideas.

I love these Sterlite containers and I was able to grab them on sale.

These Iris containers are great for themes in which I have collected a large amount of materials.

I tend to keep my non-theme speech therapy product materials in bindersbead/craft storage containers, as well as these photo storage boxes and zippered pouches.


While not pictured, I use the speech therapy target area labels on my filing cabinets and cabinets within my space/room.

You can also check out the other SLP organizational items to get your fill of organizing.

For the first time, I am providing summer extended school year services for a few of my students. I compiled a collection of summer theme resources to help support my lesson planning. These materials are perfect for continued distance learning or for future in-person speech therapy. The goals I am targeting focus on articulation/phonology, describing vocabulary, basic sentence structures, following directions and WH questions for early elementary students. Check out the themes below for some ideas.



  • A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen (For in person therapy, check out my interactive notebook book companion.)
  • Don't Feed the Bear by Kathleen Doherty (This No Prep Book Companion can be shared on screen and paired with an app with mark-up/annotate tools.) 
  • Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland

Boom Cards™️

No Prep Worksheets
(These are static PDFs that lend well to screen share paired with a digital spinner like this free one. I also use mark-up/annotate features on screen to make it interactive.)

    Additional Resources/Ideas
    • Find a camping background doing an image search and add it to your teletherapy platform, if able. It provides a therapy session in itself. Even better, search for a camping picture scene with various elements.
    • Do a quick search for free camping speech therapy resources on TPT.
    • There are also many activities you could do for in-person therapy, like toilet paper roll craft binoculars, making s'mores, pitching a tent/fort, having a pretend campfire, fishing using a magnet and paper clip to catch target words, or using a flashlight to shine on targets.



    • Fireflies by Julie Brinckloe
    • Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley (Boom Cards™️Story Check Deck)

    Boom Cards™️

    No Prep Worksheets
    (These are static PDFs that lend well to screen share paired with a digital spinner like this free one. I also use mark-up/annotate features on screen to make it interactive.)

    Additional Resources/Ideas
    • This packet has open-ended printable games and ideas for a bug theme. 
    • Check out the National Geographic Kids insect site to get kids talking!
    • Bug crafts are always a fun in-person therapy idea, too.



    • Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen (For in person therapy, check out my interactive notebook book companion.)
    • Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer (Check out this One Page Language Book Plan.)
    • If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! by Elise Parsley

    Boom Cards™️

    No Prep Worksheets
    (These are static PDFs that lend well to screen share paired with a digital spinner like this free one. I also use mark-up/annotate features on screen to make it interactive.)

    Additional Resources/Ideas
    • This packet has summer barrier activities for in-person therapy. 
    • Search for live beach cams for on-screen sharing.
    • Follow directions to draw a sandcastle.



    • Carla's Sandwich by Debbie Herman (Boom Cards™️Story Check Deck)

    Boom Cards™️

    Additional Resources/Ideas
    • Try taking a Ben & Jerry's Virtual Tour.
    • In-person ideas include making ice cream and having a pretend picnic.

    I am looking forward to my summer-time themes. Thanks for reading. I hope some of these ideas help to support your summer lesson plans!

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