I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about using rubrics in speech therapy. How exactly do I make it work? Well, today I am sharing my secrets with you! I guess if I’m sharing them, I can’t really call them secrets anymore. 😉 Nevertheless, here are my tips for using rubrics in speech therapy to track data and show progress.
You may be familiar with my Social Language and Pragmatic Rubrics and/or my Language Rubrics. These are the ones that I use to collect data on students, but I feel this advice could be used for most rubrics.
Who Do I Use rubrics With?
I use rubrics to collect data on students with that hard to quantify social language/skill goals, students who are working on carry-over or maintence of skills, and students who I push into their classroom.
What Do I Do With Them?
For students working on social language/skills:
I keep a bin of my kid’s rubrics next to my table. After we finish our session, I take out their rubric and immediately mark down the day’s data. This takes a whole five seconds. I write the number that corresponds to the correct percentage range, make any relevant notes, and plot their day on the graph.
For students working on carry-over or maintenance (language, articulation, fluency, social skills, etc.):
These are typically my students with consult minutes or low direct minutes. After I work with them, I speak with their teacher. These students will have two rubrics. I record my data on one and the teacher’s impression on the other. This helps me see whether they’re bringing the skills they are using with me into the classroom, or whether they may need some reminders, reteaching, etc.
For students whose classes I push into:
I bring their rubrics with me to their room. After we finish our session, I mark my data.
*Tip: I like to use a different color pen each time I record data. Personally, it helps me find the information fast on the sheet. Bonus, your graph is really pretty. I like to use Papermate Flair pens.
The short version is, I use rubrics in speech therapy to record data quickly and effectively.
It also gives me a number to reference. Each rubric value has a description and percentage range that it relates to. I feel a lot of people like the description but understand a percentage better, especially parents. Plus, the graph on the rubric provides a nice visual to keep everything in perspective.
If you are interested in the rubrics I mentioned in the beginning of the post, you can check them out and read what other people think about them at my TpT store.