SLP Grad School Must-Haves

I’m slowly putting together a list of supplies (aside from the typical binders/notebooks/pens!) to purchase for my first year as a SLP grad student.  I’ve always felt that with the right supplies, anyone can be the organized and put-together student that they always wish they could be.

I’ve yet to find a comprehensive list of supplies, so here is what I have so far from the various websites that I’ve come across.

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1. iPad

Now I know that this is a hefty investment, but there are so many different uses for the iPad in both graduate school and in therapy.  After researching different “must haves,” I realized that a lot of them are taken care of with the iPad.  For example, the iPad can take the place of a watch, a voice recorder, and a planner.  Not to mention all of the apps that you can download for therapy!

I personally own the iPad mini, however, according to the IMAGAS Facebook group (see last post), the regular sized iPad may be a better choice.  As a SLP, many of your patients may also have deficiencies in visual and fine motor skills, so the larger screen may be beneficial.  At the same time, I enjoy the fact that the iPad mini can fit easily in my hands and is less heavy.

2.  Clipboard (preferably one with storage)

Although SLP classrooms/clinics are equipped with a table, it is often helpful to do therapy on the floor, especially when you’re working with children.  A clipboard makes note taking/data collecting much easier and the storage is awesome for holding extra forms and supplies — as well as sheets of stickers for a little added motivation!

3.  Laminator

Another benefit of being a SLP blogger fan is the numerous amount of free therapy ideas/supplies that you have access to!  Now, Super Duper may make really fun games PERFECT for therapy, but they can be pretty pricey.  A laminator transforms those sheets you printed out from the internet into perfectly appropriate activities that can be used over and over again.  Similar to printers, the laminator (this is the one I own!) is affordable, but the special laminating sheets can add up, so keep that in mind!

4.  Rolling Crate Cart

Going along with the laminator, it’s often most cost-efficient to make your own therapy materials.  Because of this, a SLP grad student/professional can definitely accumulate a lot!  A rolling crate cart makes it very easy for you to transport your fun games and activities to school or clinic sites.

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Depending on the school you’re attending, you may receive a list of recommended supplies — definitely focus on those first!  Being the eager beaver that I am, I would LOVE to add all of these items to my Amazon shopping cart ASAP, but we all know that grad school isn’t cheap!

What other items have you found useful for grad school? Please let me know below!

Staying Connected to SLPs

I got a notification today that the inspirational SLP_Echo liked my first post (see: post) and mentioned me in a tweet.  Thank you!  If somehow you end up here without seeing her blog first, then it is definitely a must-read for any person in the SLP field (undergrad, grad, professional).  I’ve been reading her posts ever since I became interested in SLP social media and they are incredibly informational and helpful! (This post is my current favorite!)

The one thing I love about the SLP community is how INCREDIBLY helpful everyone is!  If you’re on Facebook, take advantage of all of the SLP-related groups and join them!  I’m currently a member of IMAGAS (Insight, Mentoring, and Guidance for Aspiring SLPs) and not only have I gotten great advice whenever I’ve asked questions, I’ve also seen awesome questions/answers that I didn’t even know to ask.

More FB Groups:

SLPeeps

Speech Therapy Ideas

Future SLPs

and don’t forget to “like” the official pages of:

NSSHLA

ASHA

Autism Speaks

Take care and stay connected!!

It was all a dream..

It all started with the words, “Congratulations on your admission to the master’s program in Speech-Language and Communication Disorders (SLCD).”  After months & months of stressing out over applications, then months & months of waiting (only to receive two rejection e-mails), these words gave me the best feeling I’ve had in a long time: relief.

And with this relief, came the excitement of the years to come.  I’m going to become a SLP.  This thought didn’t truly become a reality until I was accepted into a grad program and, with that, my story begins.