Making data collection manageable: Tracking your student who is deaf or hard of hearing
Collecting data is a must for SLPs and teachers in special education. We have to know if IEP speech, language and auditory goals are being met and show progress. In order to choose the best data collection method, it’s important to know what information is needed and whether or not you want to involve the student.
Below are some data collection options. No matter which option you choose, use ten trials with each set of stimuli, and multiply the number of correct responses by ten to calculate the percentage correct.
Tally charts – These are a great way to take basic data such as correct and incorrect responses only. Write your stimuli across the top and record the child’s correct responses underneath the stimulus. Use a tally or plus sign for correct responses and an X or minus sign for incorrect ones. You should also note whether the student is asking for repetition and for what stimuli the requests are being made. Frequent requests for repetition can be a sign of uncertainty and should be considered when determining mastery of a skill.
SLPs and teachers use many ways to collect data, and this list explains just a few. Use what is easiest for you and provides the information you need to know to guide your lessons. Download your free blank data collection sheets on our free download page (under the auditory development category). Please share your favorite methods in the comments.