I have a confession to make.
I have gone on SUPER DUPER binges. I’m referring to the company that specializes in speech-language/literacy/OT materials: http://www.superduperinc.com. (And yes, my purchases were SUPER DUPER EXPENSIVE.)
As speech pathologists, we constantly pressure ourselves to have the cutest ideas, fanciest materials, and cleverest(?) lesson plans. Sometimes this leads to hours spent cutting and laminating, and sometimes this leads to absurdly large Super Duper purchases.
Don’t do this to yourself. It took me a long time to realize that ONE cheap material could meet many of my on-the-spot needs.
I’m talking about a WHITE BOARD.
This may be obvious, but I had no idea that a white board was so versatile. Whenever a kid is just “not getting it” and I think he or she needs an extra visual prompt, I frequently reach for a white board. I scribble out symbols, stick figures, and crappy drawings. Most of the time, it’s just as effective as Super Duper cards or laminated Boardmaker symbols.
Sometimes the most effective material is a cheap and simple one.