SLPs have a lot of stuff. Always. We have cabinets or (preferably for us, possibly not for our non-SLP colleagues/families) even rooms full of therapy materials. If we travel anywhere outside of one building in order to provide service, we can regularly be seen with rolling suitcases in tow, full of materials. Paediatric SLPs are especially prone to this problem, and are forever ruined whenever they enter the toy store, App Store, garage/yard sale, or a friend’s child’s playroom. SLPs who help all age groups are typically looking out for adaptable games, apps, books, or conversation pieces to use in therapy. And if we can’t find what we want in these outlets, there is an entire industry surrounding specific therapy materials to suit our various needs, goals, and targets.
There’s an old saying that a good SLP can do therapy for just about anything with 2 sticks and a rock, or the current contents of their purse/backpack. Sure, this is true, we’re great at adapting stuff, but we love options and variability too much to stick to that. At speechtherapyforum.com, for example, Natasha Anderson was one of the first SLPs to regularly discuss her various adapted and specifically designed therapy materials and how she uses them online. Now there are many such blogs and websites for materials ranging from SLP made at TPT to company-made materials specifically for SLP to apps and more.