OK, self-identified nerds: Wave those sleeve protectors in the air!
Data collection doesn’t get just anybody excited, so if this week’s episode title sparked your interest then I know you are my people. 🤓
SLP Kristin Bowers joined me for today’s podcast episode to share some incredibly practical advice related to all things data collection.
Kristin has a broad background in the SLP field, ranging from early intervention to the Bosnia Autism Project (!!), and I am so stoked that we got a chance to connect.
I have to say, what struck me the most about Kristin’s data collection strategy is her commitment to having just a single sheet of paper on her clipboard for the duration of the session… even if it’s a group session!
Mind = blown.
Her theory is that if you can be super clear and organized around what it is you’re measuring, and what each group’s metrics are, you can streamline your system in a major way. (And the trees will thank you for using less paper, too.)
I’ll admit that it’s a far cry from my early days as an SLP — when my “system” involved stacks of paper, post-it notes, QR codes, stone carvings…and only one of those mediums is an exaggeration! 😂
So. Whether you fancy yourself a Marie Kondo of paperwork, or you identify as a data hoarder, you can learn something from this conversation. (TLDR: Less is more!)
Grab your beverage of choice (I’ll have a macchiato today!), put your feet up, and listen in.
Key Takeaways + Topics Covered
– Introducing Kristin Bowers: Her background and expertise
– Data collection OR therapy: Can you do two things effectively in the same moment?
– Why more isn’t always MORE!
– Why consistency is key (ie. Collect data at the start of your session every week, OR the end every week, but don’t switch it up!)
– How to collect pure data
– Set probes
– Kristin’s simple and clear data collection and progress monitoring sheets
– Setting clear goals for progress monitoring before session begins
– Productions without your feedback (vs. with your feedback) for cleaner data
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