I use this big jumbo mighty mouth from Super Duper every single day! It is definitely my most used item in the speech room. I find that showing kids speech sounds by pointing to my own mouth just isn't as helpful since I'm trying to explain at the same time as I am showing them the speech sound. This mouth is great for teaching anatomy of the oral mechanism and children can easily see the different structures and where they need to place their articulators for correct production of the speech sound they are working on. It's also a fun puppet that kids enjoy playing with, so it motivates them & keeps them focused during the session.
Articulation Station Pro by Little Bee Speech is a life savor. So easy to pull out and use with students when you do not have time to prep for a session. It's engaging and kids are always drawn to iPads as it is. You can target sounds in isolation, words, phrases, sentences, stories. I purchased it when it was on sale and it is definitely worth the money!
This phone makes therapy fun! It provides children with auditory feedback, so students can better focus and hear themselves when practicing their speech sounds in the session. From this they can start making adjustments and corrections to their sound productions.
A mirror works wonders in therapy. Kids can easily see their articulators (lips, tongue, teeth, etc) and instead of just listening to verbal prompts they can physically see how to place those articulators to make their speech sounds correctly and begin to self- monitor and self-correct when practicing their sounds.