Why is there not an App for that? Speech and Language Test Scores should be at Our Fingertips!

I see so many posts in SLP facebook groups asking people to look up test scores for them because they didn’t bring the manuals home or left at at one of their schools. This is totally understandable because traveling SLPs have to carry so many items with them from day to day. Something is going to get left behind, either for necessity (we just can’t carry it all) or forgetfulness (we’ve got a lot to hold on to mentally as well as physically and our minds are taxed just as much as our backs and arms are from carrying these heavy loads).

Additionally, many of us that work for the same school district or practice share tests.  We may return them too hastily sometimes because we know others need to use them too or we may catch a mistake that requires re-scoring after the test has already been returned.

Wouldn’t it make so much sense to have the manuals (or at least the norms pages) posted on your websites? You could make them password protected or put them in a “subscribers-only” section to protect them from people who didn’t actually purchase the tests.   I think many of us SLPs in the trenches (and psychologists and other testers too for that matter) would really appreciate this service.

P.S. Test makers, it would be even better if it operated like a search engine, where you just input age and raw scores and it generates the scaled/standard scores and percentiles without us even having to visually scan a page looking for the right age and raw score combination.  You could even make this an app!!!  You have the technology…;)

Please share this post.  Let’s get the attention of the publishers so that they can help us make our work-lives just a little bit easier.

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My “Communication Coach” Sports-Themed Office

Check out my sports-themed office. The idea behind it is that SLPs are communication COACHES. We can’t do the work for you, but we can show you how to get better results, teach you some strategies that others are using to gain an advantage, and motivate you to continue to improve.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A 360 DEGREE VIDEO TOUR OF MY SPORTS-THEMED SLP OFFICE

See still shots with descriptions below:

View from doorway

That big blue box on the floor is actually a mailbox center. This is where I put papers that the students are still working on or sheets for them to work on in the future. I also keep my CEUs and watch list here.

Next to that is a bookshelf full of binders with my most frequently used materials. On top of the bookshelf sits a mini score board (from Amazon.com) that I can use to quickly award points to the group with a flip of the number (rather than having yet another thing to write down) and two model mouths – one is the Mouthy Mouth puppet from Super Duper, Inc. The other is a model head from ebay that I can split apart sagitally to show students where there articulators are housed.

On the bulletin board behind there are the Speech Room Rules, which includes our points system. Students earn points for knowing their goals, stating why their important, reporting on using their goals in a class or at home, etc. They earn the most points for homework and I give out bonus points for any other positive behavior I’d like to see again. Occasionally, we also have double points and triple points day.

 

Data Cart

This data cart is actually situated right behind my chair now, but this is a clear photo of it. The top includes my data sheets (which are broken download into 3 columns for ease of data collection for three different goals/students). They are color-coded by day and organized by period. You can get your free copy here:http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/EASY-Percentages-Data-Sheet-for-3-kids-652811

The bottom includes my most frequently used materials that I want to be able to pull out with ease (such as one page reading passages from Remedia publications and my articulation practice sheets).

To learn more about my data cart, please click here: https://autumndawnbryant.wordpress.com/category/speech-language/

 

 

Games & Communication Descriptions

At the top are posters from www.therasimplicity.comexplain the meaning of the main types of communication impairments.

When I work with elementary school students, I print off black and white versions of these and have the students color them as I explain what they will be working on for the year. Then they take them home so that parents will have an idea of their areas of need too.

Beneath the posters is a timeline of American history. As we read passages, we add markers to the timeline to represent when the story takes place. This helps students to conceptualize the time period within the greater context of American history. We also add dates that are important to their own lives.
Click here to learn more about the timeline: https://autumndawnbryant.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/american-history-timeline/

To supplement their temporal understanding, one of our projects during the year is to make collages of each of decade from 1900 to present. We start out with pictures of each all mixed together and sort them into the appropriate time period to help give them a clearer idea of what it looked like “back then.”

 

 

Tools & Strategies Wall

The “Tools and Strategies Wall” includes some of my most frequently used visuals. They are velcroed to the wall for easy access. Beneath them is a poster of the parts of speech that we can add sample words to. This helps students understand new vocabulary.

To learn more about the “Tools and Strategies Wall,” please click here: https://autumndawnbryant.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/tools-strategies-wall-2/

 

 

 

Basket/Goal

I have my “Coach” hat sitting on top of the file cabinet. When I put it on or wear a “Coach” shirt, that means students can earn double points that day!

Above that, there is a basketball hoop-styled trash bin (from Bed, Bath & Beyond) with small basketball-inspired stress balls. Students can try to make baskets as a reinforcer after turns with their goals.

There’s Michael Jordan’s silhouette right beside it as he leaps from the “Tools and Strategies Wall,” reinforcing the idea that our tools and strategies are designed to give us an extra boost.

 

 

Soccer Goal Points Chart

This soccer inspired incentive chart is a basic green chart from Lakeshore Learning decorated with printouts from the internet and some hand drawn grass at the bottom.

 

 

 

TV and Folders

I’m truly lucky to have a flat screen TV in my office. It needs to be repaired, but when it was working I used it to show play online games with the students fromwww.quia.com or show speech & language PowerPoint presentations like these: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Autumn-Bryant-Speech-Language-Investigator/Type-of-Resource/PowerPoint-Presentations

Beneath the TV is a prize box (mainly high-quality school supplies and some full sized-candy bars. Students only get to visit the box 3 times per year (at the end of the first 3 marking periods; for our final quarter celebration, we have a pizza party).

Next to the red prize box are some file folder activities I borrowed from the special education teacher next door.

Next to that are students’ individual folders (organized by period). They include independnet work activities …they’re not used very often, but they’re nice to have so students can work on something if I to give individualized attention to a groupmate for a moment.

 

 

Doorway & Stars

A decorative football soars over the crowd at the “Field of Communications.” (see what I did there ).

The stars on the back of the door say:

S
State the speech/language goal you are working on and why it’s important.

T
Try your best during speech & language.

A
Ask questions to gain a better understanding.

R
Return homework during your next session.

 

 

 

 

Hawk

Our school’s mascot is the hawk, so I found one I liked online and used it as the inspiration for this hand-drawn version I did a few years ago.

 
 

 

We are in the Field of Communications

Touchdown! This goal post, score board, and crowd back drop are from partycity.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Data Organization – HOW TO

I’ve been through many systems of data collection and organization, including the usual binders, folders, and note pads, but here’s what I’ve found to work the best:

I use color coded pages (by day of the week) sticking up out of a file cart that I keep right next to my desk.

Here’s a photo of the cart.

data cart

Here is the data sheet that I use:

EASY Percentages Data Sheet for 3 kids

I even made a youtube video on how to use it! http://youtu.be/bX1Xdc1uhtI

Click here to get a download the data sheet.

I just copy it onto different colored paper (e.g., gold = Tuesday, pink = Wednesday, blue = Thursday). I arrange the data sheets in order of when I see the kid and write the group number in the corner. I like to have them sticking up so I can easily glance and grab the one I need and put it back at the end of the session. When one sheet is filled up, I place it down into the file folder and have a new blank sheet sticking up.

On the bottom of the cart, I keep some of my most frequently used worksheets, like ones from EET, some 1-page reading passages, /r/ and /s/ articulation sheets, etc.

It’s so handy and it’s the only system that has lasted me this long!