Gift Ideas for New SLP Graduates

Graduation is such a special moment.  I think many of us were too relieved that one major hurdle (Grad school) was over and were mentally preparing ourselves for the last one (CF year) to enjoy it.  Therefore, I highly suggest that for the new graduates that are joining the rest of us in this rewarding occupation, take the time to take a deep breath and practice some relaxation techniques.  Celebrate!  You deserve it! Pamper yourself!  You deserve that too!
If you happen to be a friend or loved one of a 2015 SLP graduate, here are some suggestions for wonderful gift ideas. If you are a graduate and are just trying to figure out where to start when building your magical materials empire, let's get started!


1. BUBBLES, WIND-UPS, and PLAYDOH.
Most, if not all of you, will already have this in your "Go-To" bag of goodies.  You can never have enough windup toys, bubbles run out, and play-doh gets all yucky and mixed.  Fresh supplies never hurts!  I have yet to run into a child that isn't motivated by at least one of these three items.
 
2.  MELISSA & DOUG REUSABLE STICKER PADS
These reusable sticker pads are wonderful to elicit language! You can work on identifying, labeling, making requests, categories, compare/contrast, prepositions,  following directions, varied sentence structures, and so much more! You can also use them to address speech sound disorders!


3.  GIFT CARDS
Not sure what items your graduate already has, or desperately wants? Gift cards may be a solution.  For those graduates who already have a tablet of some sort, there are a lot of wonderful speech and language apps available for tablets. In addition, Teacherspayteachers.com is a wonderful resource for SLPs whether they are new or experienced. Target and Amazon are also wonderful places to obtain gift cards from.  Target offers the wonderful $1-3 bins where materials can be found galore and Amazon offers access to some harder to find materials.
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4. PULL CARTs
This is a wonderful tool for the SLP on the go!  It is more useful for those SLPs that go room to room, as they are not always easy to get in and out cars (I know from experience). For those SLPs that go from school to school a big bag would do the trick! However, if you are going from one location to another at the same school site, this is VERY handy!  They easily hold a lot of heavy materials or big sized toys, that bags sometimes can not handle. 


5.  BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!
Simple story books with pictures are wonderful tools!  Using literature, you can address language targets such as identifying, labeling, wh-questions, sequencing, etc..


Some materials in my store that would definitely be useful to new graduate SLPs include:
BUNDLE: Speech Sound Play dough Mats
SPEECH SOUND PLAY DOUGH MATS BUNDLE:  Play dough mats for: K & G, F & V, S & Z, S-blends, L & L-blends, R & R-blends, CH, SH, & TH, and 2, 3, 4, & 5 Syllable Words set!  Soon to be included: Vocalic R Mats! 

These are great for therapy or RTI!  I have even used mine to work on language by talking about categories, descriptive features, and generating wh- questions for the pictures.  I have used mine also with my Fluency kiddos!  Using their fluency strategies when naming items, using the word in a phrase, and at  sentence level.
Wh- Questions: Play dough Mats & Dauber Pages
WH-QUESTIONS PLAY DOUGH MATS & DAUBER PAGES: It addresses WHAT (things & actions), WHO, WHERE (community & prepositions), WHEN, & WHY in both a colored version to use with playdoh and for a low ink/dauber option in black and white. It also includes color coded question cards that can stand alone or be used with the playdoh and dauber pages.


Materials from other SLPs on TpT that I would suggest:
Articulation Sound Rings: Bundle Pack
ARTICULATION SOUND RINGS by The Speech Summit.  Great for RTI or articulation stations!
Interactive Fluency Binder for Speech Therapy
INTERACTIVE FLUENCY BINDER by Lauren LaCour.  This fluency binder is so well organized and my kiddos love that it is interactive.


For additional suggestions for New SLP Graduates head on back to All Y'all Need's blog to see what other experienced SLPs would suggest!




4 comments

  1. Thanks for linking up! Fantastic gift suggestions, and the play dough mats look fun!

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    1. Thank you. I was excited to link up and see what suggestions others come up with! Thank you for hosting this link up!

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  2. Great suggestions! I like this because you gave suggestions to recent grads and luv'd ones...ppl never know what to give as gifts. Now they do!!!

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    1. Thank you. I tried to think of low cost essentials.

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