3 Essentials of the Traveling SLP!

Sunday, August 4, 2013
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In May I took the jump and made a big HUGE decision. I packed up my classroom (that had been my home for the last 4 years) and decided to leave the school system as an SLP. Instead, I have ventured into the world of private therapy that would allow me more time at home with my family. Believe me, it was a nerve racking decision, but it has been the best decision I could have made for myself. However, with that decision, came some big adjustments. I no longer had my classroom where students would come to see me, instead I am now a traveling SLP. I decided to write a post about a few things that I have found to be essential to me these days (besides lots of coffee, of course!)

My #1 essential is a BIG therapy bag. My old bag just wasn't cutting it anymore considering I had to bring enough materials for 4-5 kids at a time. Although, to be honest, I'll find any excuse to order a new bag! I found this Super Organizing Tote from Thirty-One Gifts and it has been a lifesaver. Look at how easily I can fit Ned, Candy Land, my iPad, planner, therapy binder, notebooks, books, etc. and still have some room to spare. Aaaah-mazing!

The second essential can almost go without being mentioned... a *good* planner
. What may be considered a "good" planner varies depending on who you ask, but the one pictured above has been my go-to brand for years. I love that the mint color is trendy now. I adore that color (you should see my house!) In addition to a good planner, I rely on pencils these days. My schedule changes quite frequently... but that's the beauty of getting to make your own schedule. 


Last but not least, my 3rd essential... my iPad case with a keyboard! I don't know why I waited so long to get one if these. Being on the go and away from my computer, I primarily use my iPad for emails. I strongly disliked having to type emails by pecking at the touchscreen. The keyboard is connected with bluetooth and can be turned on and off with the flip of a switch. I found this case at TJ Maxx for $49 but you can find a ton online (I wish they had a prettier color in stock!) 

What are some of your essentials?


3 comments

  1. When I did home based therapy with the little ones, I kept a rubbermaid tote in my car filled with some toys (ball, potato head, a farm with animals, books, blocks, etc.) plus my therapy bag. This way I could swap out materials between visits if I didn't want to do the same thing with 2 clients. My bag was not as cute as yours though, but I always insisted on using one with a zipper so kids couldn't get at the toys without asking me :)

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  2. Thank you for the great ideas. This will be my first year working as a traveling SLPA. In the past, I have been school based as well. I'm still trying to figure out what would be my best tools to have with me.

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  3. I'm in the same position as you - I left the school system after 9 years. A very difficult decision, but made easier by the significant pay increase. My first love is the school setting and I hope to get back there, but right now schools are not a great place to work (at least in my state)

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