Therapy Theme: Back to School (August)

One of the things I hear most often from my sweet little work kids is "What's in your box?"

So, I'm here today to share some organization tips and tricks, some free printables, and some links to great resources for Back to School!

First off, I use tote boxes by season.  I use these very cute Monthly Labels and have 4 boxes: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  I change them out in the back of my car every 3 months and always have my evaluation box with me.

I have some standard things that I always have with me (You can click on images to find out where to purchase or download):

  • My rolling cart: I got a heavy duty version from Home Depot this year.  It has held up very well.  You can mix and match which of the boxes you include and it has stayed water-safe when I've gone in and out of buildings.
Husky 22 in. Connect Rolling System Plastic Tool Box
  • My Calendar: I love this one from Polka Dot Posie.  I print it off at home each year  
NEW 2020-2021 Printable Monthly Planner  Seasonal Design  image 0

  • Visual Schedule (I use this with children whether we are face to face or in teletherapy format)

In late August/Early September, my box usually has the following: 
  • Task boxes.  Here are some quick ideas for ways you can make your own summertime task boxes.  Note these are very simple, but organized.  This minimizes confusion, throwing of materials, etc.  I also typically use a "Finished Box" to the right for my most concrete learners. 
I have a container of containers (okay, I confess...more than one container of containers)...and they are so helpful and important.  I have attended many many trainings through TEACCH and discovered that their work room looks a lot like my garage.  ;)  

I use containers to separate and organize materials for student work tasks. This seems to reduce "behaviors" like eating, throwing, scattering, and allows the child to have a clear start to finish.  This increases independence and task completion success.

These were all found at the dollar store.  You could use them with school tools, apples, whatever you have on hand.

Adaptive Books: I love Panda Speech's Adaptive Books. The one pictured below is perfect for back to school.  

  • School Tool Task box, dot art, & boom card games specific to Back to School can be found in my shop on TpT and/or in my shop on Boom Learning. I also have whatever articulation cards and printables I need from The Big Box of Articulation.  This set includes the visuals for "rules for speech", "rules for class", parent handouts and communication printables, 100s of printable articulation pages, access to 24 Boom Card articulation games, and more!  

  • Laminated Activities:  You have to check out 3 Dinosaurs.  There are SO many resources, including book companions for the "Old Lady" series.  There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books is great staple for back to school. The book companion below is by Itty Bitty Speech.  You can click on the link to access it.

It never hurts to dress up and have fun!

  • Two of my favorite games for back to school: Sneaky Snacky Squirrel and Zingo.  
  • Digital Resources: Let's face this age in particular, we are having to be careful with face to face contact and some of us are still mostly relying on teletherapy.  I've developed some games with back to school themes on Boom Learning.  You can also access my Boom Learning Store on the right of the webpage.  Click on the images to access.

  • Interactive E-book with school tool vocabulary.  
  • Back to School Speech (71 Sound Articulation Bundle): 

  • Coloring Pages: Here is a freebie from my TpT store.  You can click to download.  You can also access many other free activities, printables, and items for sale at my store on the right hand side of this page.  
School Tools Vocabulary One Page Printable Coloring Page

Happy Back to School everyone!!!

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