{SLP Hoarders} How I organize my stash….

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I have accumulated a HUGE stash of stuff over the past 26 years as a SLP. By “huge” I mean of hoarder proportions (you know you have ALOT of stuff when folks ask for a personal invitation to your garage sale when you retire). Part of the issue is that I work with kids 0-21 years of age with a wide range of needs and abilities.

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Dana at the Uncommon Sense Blog recently did a Facebook post asking how folks organize their stuff:

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So that inspired this blog post. I seriously could be on an episode of SLP Hoarders. Based on posts in several SLP Facebook groups, I know that I’m no alone. I have a stash of stuff at work that is only the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few pics of how I organize the stash at work & the even bigger stash at home.

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Work:

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This is my jumbo binder where I store extra PECS symbols. I bought the largest binder available at Office Max. The interior pages are organized by category. Larger categories are broken up alphabetically. I also store symbols with the toys they go with by velcroing them inside the lid and/or on choice boards inside. This is so I can grab and go. If a particular patient is using an AAC device, AAC app or PECS and likes a particular toy, then I add those symbols to their device or book. But we get inpatients at the hospital where I work who don’t have formal AAC yet but we are exploring it with them during their 30-day admission and having symbols stored with the toys insures that I can offer choices “on the fly”.

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I have my extra visual schedules and visual supports in 3 clear hanging wall pockets:

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At home I have books organized by theme on bookcases & in tubs. I store the symbols and story props with each book:

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Oh and then there is the guest bedroom where our dog’s crate is. She told me she doesn’t mind sharing it with the rest of my SLP hoarder stash:

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I’m pretty sure I own almost every extra “parts & pieces” set for Mr. Potato Head:

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Oh and then there is the entire walk in closet in that room….. umm yeah.

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So there it is. This is my SLP stash and how I organize it.  I have promised my husband that none of it is coming with us when I retire and we move to the mountains in 23 months. So stay tuned for a SLP retirement garage sale of epic proportions. Not sure yet if I will sell my stash online or in-person… either way it will be announced on my OMazing Kids page with personal invites to my closest therapy peeps 🙂

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 26 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is an app beta tester for educational & therapeutic app developers and loves sharing info about great apps, products, books & toys to use with kids of all abilities.
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