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A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the Social Thinking conference that was in my area. If you ever get a chance to go, GO!  I learned so much and it really made me think.  One point that was made that really got my wheels turning was how we collect data on social skills.  Social skills are a subjective area that we need to quantify for data collection and billing. It can be tricky. If you have ever tried to take data on eye contact or understanding sarcasm you know what I mean.  So how can we make this gray area a bit easier to define? Rubrics my friends, rubrics!

Social Language and Pragmatic Rubrics

I came home from the conference and after some rough drafts, re-dos, and tweaks, I created Social Language and Pragmatic Rubrics 🙂 These rubrics allow you to track a student’s progress on their social communication skills without trying to figure out how many pluses or minuses they may have gotten during a session. Instead, each rubric has a 1-5 rating system with each rating defined for that particular goal.


There are boxes for recording your ratings, enough for 9 sessions. There are also lines for notes and a grid to graph your student’s performance. I included an example rubric and a break down of the the terms used in the rating definitions to help clarify each rating values.


There are 12 DIFFERENT rubrics for you to use:

– eye contact
– initiating greetings
– responding to greetings
– turn taking in games
– turn taking in conversations
– topic maintenance
– asking questions during conversation
– non-verbal cues
– personal space
– identifying problems
– stating solutions
– stating perspectives

There is also a page ( if printed front and back ) that has all the rubrics, minus the notes and grids, on one page. This is for anyone who want quick access to all the rubrics without all the paper.  I really like the flexibility that these rubrics offer. You can have your copy but also provide the teacher a copy to see how their skills are transferring outside of the speech room.


*These rubrics have been updated, in a very awesome way since this initial post.  There are more rubrics and they are not customizable!!!  They have been a huge hit with parents and teachers! Parents like being able to see to progress with the graphs and teachers love how easy it is for us to track progress in the classroom in a quantifiable way. 

If you want to add this to your room, you can visit my TpT store. 🙂

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Meet Maureen

Hey there! I’m Maureen Wilson, a school-base SLP who is data driven and caffeine powered. My passion is supporting other pediatric SLPs by teaching them how to harness the power of literacy and data to help their students achieve their goals…without sacrificing time they don’t have.

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