How To Make Your Own Therapy Materials

Today’s post is one I bet many of you SLPs (and other educators) have been waiting for. Jenna from Speech Room News shares with us some tips on how to make your own therapy materials! Thanks Jenna! ~Katie

How To Make Your Own Therapy Materials

One of my favorite parts of being a speech language pathologist is that it allows me to combine different things I love to do into one job. I love problem solving, working with people, and crafting. The way I channel those ‘crafting’ instincts into therapy are with home made therapy materials. If you follow my blog, SpeechRoomNews, you have no doubt seen these activities! They vary from remade toss-across and repurposed Tide bottles to printable games.

When Katie mentioned doing a guest post about making treatment activities I thought that would help answer some of the frequent questions I get asked!  So here’s the answer to that question… “How did you make that?”

The truth is…you can make great printable activities without anything fancy. Yes, those nice photo editing and graphics programs are on my wish list, but you can really do it with out them!

Start with clipart. I purchase most of my clipart from Scrappin’ Doodles. You can also search ETSY for digital clipart and you will find many options.

Here’s a sample of the Shoe clipart I bought for my recent ‘In Your Shoes’ social language game.  This is from KPM Doodles (another favorite of mine!)

I use two programs the most to create materials. Powerpoint and Picasa. First of all, take my advice and shut down your Word program. Open Powerpoint to make your documents. Editing is incredibly easy in Powerpoint. I insert the purchased graphics into powerpoint pages as shown above. Then add text boxes on top of the pictures. Viola! Save it as a PDF and you will be all set!

The other program I use is Picasa. It’s a free to download and makes editing photos a breeze! This is how I write over pictures, edit pictures and do other details. Sometimes I use it to edit a picture before I put it into a therapy printable.  In the example above, I’m adding my title before I add it to the blog.

Creating your own therapy games and printables is an easy (and cheap!) way to develop treatment activities that directly meet the needs of your children. You can do it! Don’t forget to share with us what you make!

Jenna Rayburn, MA, CCC/SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist from central Ohio. She works with children ages 2-12 through several clinics and the schools. Jenna writes the blog SpeechRoomNews, where she shares easy ideas to make speech therapy fun!

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About Katie

Katie is a licensed, credentialed and certified pediatric speech-language pathologist and mom to three (5, 3 and 9 months). Her passion about educating, inspiring and empowering parents of children with all abilities led her to start her blog Playing With Words 365 where she shares information about speech and language development, therapy ideas and tips, intervention strategies and a little about her family life too. Katie has been working in the field of speech pathology for 9 years and is certified in The Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk ® and Target Word ® programs and holds a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In addition to blogging and being a mommy, Katie works part time in her small private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I love Scrappin’ Doodles! Thanks for sharing!
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  2. I never would have thought of using Powerpoint to create materials. I’ll have to try it next time. Thanks for the tip!
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  3. Thanks Jenna! Is there a template on Powerpoint for the page with multiple shoes or did you create your own boxes?


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