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How to use Sensory Bins in Speech Therapy

Do you need ideas for your sensory bins in speech therapy? You might have seen Speech Therapists posting all of their cute sensory bins and you’re thinking “what do I do with this sensory bin in speech therapy?”.

You aren’t alone! I used to feel this way, too!

I used to believe the following myths about sensory bins:

  1. I didn’t think my students would love sensory bins (truth: my students of all ages love them but I wouldn’t recommend using them with students who are still exploring their environment by mouthing or really little ones!

  2. I thought they would cost me so much time and money to make (truth: you can make a lot of sensory bins for a very reasonable cost - to learn more, read this blog post).

  3. I had no idea what I would even target using sensory bins.

Today I’m sharing sensory bin ideas for speech therapy. Sensory bins have quickly become one of my favorite speech therapy activities. These are my favorite speech and language therapy goals to target using sensory bins.

Receptive Language Goals:

  • Target Following Directions by giving items to Little People or figurines. You could also pair your sensory bin with open ended scenes to create different scenarios.

  • Pair with a “That’s not my” book from Usborne. Find items in the sensory bin that have the same (or different) texture as each page in the story.

  • Target following directions by asking the child to find particular items.

  • Size Concepts by using a variety of sizes of fillers - add small, big, long, and short items.

  • Find items in the bing that are the same/different.

  • Quantitate Concepts by talking about which items there are the most and least of.

  • Qualitative Concepts by talking bout what features items have (e.g. is striped, spotted, speckled?)

Expressive Language Goals: