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.
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!
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.
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!