The setting: your speech room.
The characters: you and the articulation student/client you've been working with for a few months now.
The scene: Aforementioned student/client walks into the room, takes one look at the activity you have set out for them, and groans, "Not this again!"
Despite our best intentions, therapy can sometimes get monotonous. There are only so many ways to elicit speech and language goals, and combined with the added requirements of seeing mixed groups, implementing RtI, providing curriculum-based therapy, and just plain settling all of the kids down, sometimes you just have to use a tried-and-true standby like Candy Land or Webber Artic Cards! I was in that position, until I watched Felice Clark (The Dabbling Speechie) talk about her awesome sensory bins during her SLP Summit talk. She mentioned these toys called "TOOBS" that seemed so interesting, so I just had to check them out! Affiliate links included for your convenience.
For anyone wondering, TOOBS are, well, tubes filled with tiny soft-plastic toys of varying categories. **DISCLAIMER: these are appropriate for students 3 and up, due to being so tiny**. They offer nearly any category you can think of: Coral Reef Creatures, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables, and even Space! The number of toys varies based on the category, but is usually between 7-12 per TOOB. I love that they all fit in the tube for ease of transport (I'm an itinerant SLP and space is at a premium!), and that the toys themselves are small enough to not overload those sensitive students who are overwhelmed by too many choices.
I chose to use my TOOB to target articulation at the sentence level, but one of the great things about these TOOBS are that you can use them to target any articulation level (word, phrase, sentence, carryover) as well as a plethora of language goals (see below).
And there you have it: articulation with TOOBS!
You can use them to target different speech goals, including:
I hope you found this interesting and can add it to your arsenal of Speech Tricks and Tips! If you found this helpful or have any of your own tips or tricks for TOOBS, let me know in the comments!
Hi y'all! I'm Jill! I'm an SLP who loves to create and blog about fun, evidence-based resources that make the lives of busy SLPs easier.