Personally, it all depends where you work and what that setting requires from you as an SLP. Most materials can be provided, some you just have to purchase on your own!

Below are a few things I would say have helped me the most since working as a CF-SLP:

  1. CEU courses/ websites with resources and materials: I feel like this is a little straight forward but to be honest I didn't realize how amazing having access to these things was until I was out in the real world! CEU courses help me feel like I am keeping current as a Speech-Language Pathologist and giving my clients the things they need to succeed. Websites with resources and materials are such an important thing to have access to because sometimes others think of ideas that I would never have thought of and it is something that is a big hit with the kids I serve.  

  2. Organization containers/ folders: keeping organized is a MUST, this doesn't have to break the bank. Dollar Tree has some really cute organizing materials, you don't have to buy the overpriced stuff! 

  3. Versatile materials: usually SLPs have a lot of these provided, but if not there are so many different websites with free materials you can print off and laminate yourself! As far as games and toys I highly recommend going to second-hand shops and searching for these, you can find some really awesome stuff! 

  4. Sensory Bins: These are GOLD when you are starting out and really forever because you can do so many things with them! You can use the same sensory bin to teach tons of different things and keep your kiddos engaged! You might enjoy it more than the kids! :) 

  5. Personal Printer: I cannot tell you how many times I have gotten home and remembered that I wanted to prep something for the next day and had a moment of panic. Trust me, there are some materials/resources you will want to make or things you need for your professional life as an SLP and a personal printer sets you up for success in both!

I hope that this is helpful and would love to know some of the things that you would invest in as new Speech-Language Pathologist!

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