What is it about?
This tutorial is a resource for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) working in schools to help them with the process of collecting and reporting data when working as a team. The purpose of the tutorial is to help SLPs and SLPAs to clearly communicate the goals and results of speech-language services with each other, thereby improving the effectiveness of the screening, evaluation, and treatment services students receive. Timing of data collection, use of the student’s treatment goals to guide treatment and data collection planning, types of data to collect, and ways to summarize and report the data are described. We share several resources for planning, collecting, recording, summarizing, and reporting quantitative data. These include frequency, percentage, and duration. Best practices for speech and language sample collection, transcription, and analysis are provided with an emphasis on objective documentation of qualitative data, such as observed student behaviors.
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Why is it important?
When SLPs and SLPAs work as a team in school settings, the SLPA needs to deliver services according to the SLP’s plan and to document those services and the student’s responses accurately. The strategies outlined in this tutorial and the supplemental materials provided will assist SLPs and SLPAs in their efforts to communicate service needs and results clearly, improving the effectiveness of their services.
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This page is a summary of: Tutorial: Data Collection and Documentation Strategies for Speech-Language Pathologist/Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Teams, Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2022, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2022_lshss-21-00151.
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