I first heard of TpT in the summer of 2012. I have created my own therapy materials since graduate school, but never really considered selling them. A grad school friend mentioned that I should consider posting some of my items for sale (thanks, Danielle!), which gave me the push I needed to create an account and start posting. Being a seller on TpT has been an amazing journey!
But even as a seller with close to 100 items in my store, I am still a buyer, too! Why is that, you may ask?
1) TIME SAVER: I can't possibly make enough materials for my diverse caseload to keep up with the entire school year. Creating materials takes me anywhere from 2-70 hours, depending on how complicated they are, and I just don't have the time to do that for every single student on my caseload every week.
2) SAVING MONEY: While there are definitely items I love from the big speech therapy companies, I can get SO much more for my money on TpT. For the cost of two or three books from one of the big companies, I can purchase enough materials to last me an entire semester from TpT.
3) EMERGENCIES: Do you ever have a "therapy emergency" happen in your day? For me, this might mean I've forgotten the materials I needed at home, or I get a brand new student with goals that I have no materials for, or what I have planned just isn't working. With TpT, I can go online, find something that fits my needs, and have it printed out in five minutes or less.
So, where should you start on TpT?
I might be a little biased, but I think you should start in my store! :) I have a wide variety of products, but some of my most popular include:
Series of Progress Monitoring Tools (available for articulation, grammar, and language)
"I Can" posters (aligned with CCSS for K-6 and 5-12)
There are many great products by other SLP sellers on TpT as well. Here are some you should definitely check out:
What have been some of your favorite purchases on TpT?