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Organizing Artic Materials

Like many SLPs who have been working for  while, I have amassed several shelves of articulation books.  The challenge became how in the world I could quickly access the pages I needed for therapy sessions and homework.  The solution took some time to put together but has been well worth the time and effort.

First, I purchased three wire crates, printer labels, and several boxes of hanging and file folders.  Then I got to work creating and filling the folders.

For every consonant phoneme, I labeled 8 folders:  ”X discrimination, X exercises, X initial words, X medial words, X final words, X initial sentences, X medial sentences, X final sentences.”  (In the “exercises” folder, I have sound-level activities).  I also have folders for /l, r, s/ blends.  I went through my artic books, photocopying pages and filing them in the appropriate folder;  multiple copies were made of the pages I use most often, ready to be handed out to the students.  When I get down to a single copy of a page, it goes in my “to be copied” bin so I can replenish my stock.  The two crates pictured contain /b/ through /z/, with the exception of /r/.  The third bin is devoted just to /r/, separated into /air, ar, er, ire, or/, prevocalic, recurring, and mixed /r/.

Creating these bins of ready-t0-go materials has been a huge time-saver for me, and has given me an easy way to combine lots of materials from different sources into my treatment plan.

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  1. Sara A. says:

    Love the idea! I’ve tried to do the same myself! Crazy how much space it takes up though!

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