Monday, May 23, 2011

My New Favourite Therapy Tool

Hey everyone!

First of all I'd like to thank you all for your feedback on my last blog post "Green Analogies". I really appreciate it and am glad that you liked my random ramblings. I was able to draw reference to the analogy last night, as I gave a talk to a church congregation on children's speech and language development, and it was well received :)

Those who have been following my blog, would know that I love making resources, and I love when therapy tools can be used for a range of topics. Last week I bought my most useful therapy tool so far: my magnetic white board. It was on sale too!

Everyone loves it and I've been trying to find lots of different ways to use it in therapy. This was aided by my trusty laminator and some adhesive magnetic strip.

I wanted to share with my readers some of the cool uses of my new companion:

This one worked on categorising sky, sea and land, as both a receptive and an expressive task.

This next one is my favourite, as I love the "Five little monkeys" rhyme. The children love that Mr. Crocodile can actually snatch the monkeys off the "tree".

The next one I adapted from a file folder game which works on big and little. Children have to choose the big or little object called, then put it on the appropriate side of the board.

Another one I made up on the spot was for prepositions 'on' vs 'under', which worked a lot better than I thought.
It also came in handy when I had to quickly draw some minimal pairs for /s/ and /n/ in final position, but those ones I definitely won't dare to share (they were ridiculed enough during the session).

These are my newest resources so far for my white board, but I have a few running around in my head which I will try to make over the next week, and share as an update to this post.

I want to hear from you readers. Do you use white boards in therapy? How do you use them?

Thanks for reading :)


  1. Love it! My kind of interactive therapy! I would like permission to re-post it on my blog site next week as a guest blog. You know it fits right in with our "Tips and Tricks" posts.

  2. Thank you! Of course you're welcome to repost. I'm loving your posts as well :)

  3. Love it too!

    I love dry erase boards- I keep 3 around at all times LOL. I find them really helpful for the schedule session and anytime I need a quick visual. I love my Story Grammar Marker magnets (yeah I work for them disclosure yadda, yadda I'm not purposely marketing)- I have always loved those magnets. I was thinking of sacrificing a board in order to make a permanent Incredible 5 Point Scale so I can use/recreate with the kids depending on what we are working on (e.g. the "silly scale" vs. the "negativity scale")

    Great examples!

  4. I love dry erase boards and desire to use them more, but alas I am soooo uncreative. I see what you have used them for and go "Duh! NOW I get what I should do". lol Thanks for stimulating me with ideas to improve on the boring stuff I've been doing. :) @Sean I'm surprised to hear you actually carry something non-techy around with you! :p

  5. White Boards are awesome!! I use one too!! Although I have to admit, I've never been as creative . . . thanks for the new ideas!! :) Can't wait to try them out!!