Seeing a clients’ ability to communicate, grow, and evolve through speech therapy is often the most rewarding part of our jobs as SLPs.
Thoughtful gifts from the grateful people in our lives might be the second.
Whether it’s a holiday, birthday, or just a day that ends in ‘y,’ the SLP in your life deserves to be treated to something nice. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best gifts to give the SLP in your life—we won’t tell if you get one for yourself, too!
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10 Gifts for SLPs:
Keeps track of their time and their steps. Whether they’re walking all over a hospital, skilled-nursing facility, private practice, or school, they can track how many steps they take along with other fun metrics—we SLPs love data! This one comes with a black band so it matches any aesthetic and gender.
2. Water bottle
This water bottle helps them monitor their water intake. We have to stay hydrated while using our voices all day! This fun version is insulated to keep their drink at the perfect temperature, comes with bands that they can use to track their intake, and includes a straw for one-handed sipping while their other hand works on paperwork.
For when they want to leave a note and have a little laugh at the same time. This set includes pads shaped like the brain, mouth, larynx, tongue, and vocal folds—with 100 pages per pad, your favorite SLP will have plenty of opportunities to spread humor and awareness of SLP-themed fun!
No matter their setting, any SLP can use this convenient travel whiteboard to work on articulation, language, aphasia, swallowing protocol—whatever their creative brains can imagine! It’s the size of a regular 8.5×11 notebook, and includes both a marker AND a tab to hold said marker—you know how SLPs like to be organized!
Make any sort of paper cutting a breeze. Unlike “guillotine-style” paper cutters, this rotary version doesn’t make stacks of paper slide, and won’t cut off tiny fingers if your SLP works with little “helpers.”
6. Work bag
This bag can transition from therapy room to conference room with ease. This sleek, professional shoulder bag has multiple inside and outside pockets for all of your SLP’s supplies—even a 15-inch laptop—and it zips up so nothing spills out if they’re a traveling SLP.
7. An eco-friendly, sustainably-sourced computer riser for laptops or desktops.
This has plenty of niches for all of the little office supplies that SLPs use throughout the day, plus room underneath for a keyboard or the reference books that all SLPs like to keep around.
8. Noise-cancelling, over-the-ear headphones
So they can provider crystal-clear teletherapy, or get in the zone when they’re charting, writing IEPs, or browsing Pinterest for the perfect speech room decor. These headphones also come in a wireless version if your SLP doesn’t like having to plug them in.
9. A bright, cheerful green timer
This timer will help busy SLPs manage behavior, plan sessions, stay focused, and generally be a boss at time management. If you don’t need the sound, you can turn off the audio with a switch. It’s easy to read from across the room or desk because the face has a glare-free lens cover.
10. A 6-pack of natural, travel-sized hand sanitizer
These come in fun scents and won’t dry their hands out. They are free of triclosan, benzalkonium chloride, gluten, synthetic colors and dyes, and synthetic fragrances. The 6-pack means that your SLP will always have enough (or that you can gift 6 different friends!)
There you have it—10 different gifts for the SLP in your life! Go forth and make the holidays brighter!
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