Take a Peek at My Cart Companion

I have seen many rolling carts as SLP’s are quite crafty in traveling around a school building. Today, I will be showing you my therapy cart that stays right by my side. I realized after several years that I really needed my materials more organized are accessible during my therapy sessions. I seemed to have a shelf or cute decorative container that I pilled things in/on so that I could keep our table space simple and clean.

But no more!

Listen, we all know those rolling carts that were once used to carry big clunky t.v.’s from classroom to classroom are special. But now they can be used for all types of purposes. Here is how I’ve re purposed my t.v. cart – how about you?

 

 

This is the front. At some point in my career I inherited an old metal stand pictured here. It’s been incredibly useful as you can see. I have my speech therapy expectations easily visible for my students. That way throughout the session I can continue to refer back to them as needed. I also have my mini white boards, erasers, and mirrors (yay magnets!) readily accessible at all times. Oh! And the little notebook (thanks, dollar store) is where I scribble in lesson plans.

This is the back of the stand. I have an extra mirror, folders that contain very strong magnets so that I can place completed data sheets until they are ready to be entered into a database, and a random quiet prompt. I also have my blue pointer hidden back here because all the people want to play with it – all of ’em.

This is the shelf right under my metal stand. By the end of the week it’s a disaster and I have to give myself 15ish minutes to get it back into a functional state.  I always have crayons, a clipboard, and my binder of datasheets. You will also find it full of games and other materials when I am performing back to back therapy. And yes, there is also a clip chart. I don’t use it much, but when I do it’s more of a positive reinforcer than a negative. That’s probably another blog post at some point.

The very bottom shelf contains paper that I am using through out the day from craft directions to parent notes and the like. You will also see a mini binder stand that I just found at a thrift store (haven’t used it yet!), a second clipboard I use when I am going into the classroom, and plastic sleeves to write on.

Lastly, my little nook inside the metal stand. All my tiny items go here such as dot markers, scissors, glue, a counter, floss, a flashlight, and yet another mirror.

And that’s it! Maybe at some point I should post the disaster picture just for fun. How do you organize your therapy materials during your back to back sessions?