Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Progress Monitoring-Baselines and Beyond: A Frenzied SLP Linky

Labor Day brings the unofficial close to the summer season and with it an end to the lazy, hazy days of relaxation. Don't dismay, though, because with the return to schedules and school come the Frenzied SLP posts chock full of ideas, materials, and suggestions for the busy SLP. Thank you Sparklle SLP, Lisette Edgar, and Kelly Woodford-Hungaski for coordinating our first frenzied linky!


To start things off, we thought we would share how we do progress monitoring, establishing baselines and more. I understand there are a plethora of products available for progress monitoring, however, I have streamlined my process. I purchased MANY products for monitoring progress and what I found was that, while, they were fantastic products, they weren't aligned with the goals I had established for my students. I created a couple of my own progress monitoring tools, but still, I didn't feel I was capturing the information I needed (You can access my elementary and middle school progress monitoring tools for free). Additionally, trying to find the extra time to administer the progress monitoring tool added needless stress to an already stressful day.

I take detailed data for every session. I write an anecdotal and document percentage accuracy for every objective. What I realized was my documentation was, in fact, all I needed for progress monitoring that specifically targets my students goals and objectives. When it is time for an annual review or progress reports I collate all the data for a specific time span and find the median percentage accuracy.  Using the median rather than mean eliminates the outliers. I also have a baseline if I need to continue addressing a certain area. This streamlined approach has saved me considerable time and, I believe, paints the most accurate picture of a student's progress as it relates to their individual goals.

Sample data collection sheet
You can access my data collection sheet here. Everyone does things differently, however, I have found that keeping accurate and current data is the best method for me to assess progress without having to pull out an additional tool or schedule time for dedicated progress monitoring. 

How do you monitor progress? The Frenzied SLPs are eager to hear your thoughts and/or check out your methods. Link up with us!!




14 comments:

  1. Love the data collection sheet. It is just perfect. Thank you for the helpful post too! You're the best! :) Manda

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    1. Best way to stay on top of progress is with accurate data collection! Hope it is useful! <3

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    1. I hope you are able to use it. I know we all have our own systems, but after 33 years this has truly worked the best for me (and I have tried EVERYTHING).

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  3. Completely agree about using data! I'm a huge data taker!!!

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    1. makes things so much easier, doesn't it?

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  4. My procedure is similar--and I completely agree that we should use our therapy data!

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  5. I also found that it took too much time away from therapy to do elaborate assessments! If your activities are functional, your regular data can measure progress! Thanks for sharing the freebie!

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    1. Yeah, I don't know why we all went on that progress monitoring tool craze. We have what we need if we're keeping accurate data.

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  6. Totally agreed on the fancy progress monitoring, although I really wanted to master the organization of using them, I just found that they didn't meet my individual goals and I needed to change one or the other!

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    1. Exactly what I found and I bought a number of them. They are good, but always needed tweaking, It was more work than I wanted to deal with.

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  7. Thank you so much Annie! I'm going to share this with the other SLP's in the district.

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    1. Thank you Laura! Great to see you here! Hope you are well!!

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