My Therapy Cart

Last year I start using the 5 minute therapy approach for articulation and fluency therapy. When I was planning on the where and how of the program, I had to consider how it would work at my school. The intermediate school where I work is divided into two hallways, one for fourth grade and one for fifth grade. There are 12 classrooms down each hallway so it is a very busy place. I wanted to preserve a little bit of the student’s confidentiality so I didn’t want to sit in the middle of the hall with all the bathroom traffic. I had seen other therapist discuss how they use chairs from the student’s classroom but with servicing so many different classes and a shortage of chairs that wasn’t going to work either.

In each hallway there is a little alcove that leads to the teacher’s lounge. I decided that would be the best place to do therapy. It is located in the center of the hall, out-of-the-way of traffic, and wide enough for my station and teachers to pass. I needed a way to easily move my materials, chairs to sit on, and a desk type area. A former technology teacher had an extra laptop cart so I converted it into my mobile therapy cart. Here is a picture:

cart2I took hooks that you use in garages to hang bikes and stuff and our fantastic janitor screwed them into the side of the cart. The chairs hang perfectly without getting in the way. I have everything I need on there for therapy: student folders, dice, games, pencils, crayons, highlighters, etc. Of course I also travel with my prize box. The laptop surface is great for the students to use for a desk area.

photo cart3I will be posting additional information about my 5 minute therapy program and the progress that my students have made. Hope you find my experiences helpful in setting up your own program.

Make sure you check out my other post about my 5 Minute Kids Therapy program.

My 5 Minute Kids Therapy Plan

A 5 Minute Kids Therapy Session

12 thoughts on “My Therapy Cart

  1. I love this idea – so clever!!

    • Glad you found my website! Check back for more information about how I use 5 minute kids therapy.

  2. I’ve just been hearing more and more about the 5 minute therapy approach. So neat to see how you’ve made it work. Very creative use of the tech cart. Well done! I’m inspired.

    Julie
    Wide World of Speech Therapy

  3. Kay

    I do love this idea, but worry about how it makes my students feel to be so exposed and confidentiality.

    • I was concerned about that as well when I started. I have found that the students know who goes to speech anyways. I try to plan for times when there are minimal people in the halls. The students that see what is happening usually ask when they can come since they see us using the iPad and playing games. Next week I will explain the logistics of my program. You might find some helpful information there.

  4. Andrea

    Great mobile therapy station!!!
    I have worked with a few students using 5 Minute Therapy and I can’t say that I am sold…I am having trouble taking the conversation out of therapy time. The first 5 minutes of my usual group time is conversation and in my opinion, that time is just as valuable as the drill. Any suggestions for getting me to change my mind?

    • Next week I will post more about my program. Hopefully I can give you some more ideas of how I allow for conversation.

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