I’ve always loved working with teens. They are all entering an age of enlightenment that is empowering and confusing (for everyone!). As I wrote in my prior post on Collaborating with Students in Speech Therapy, it’s important that we help older students to actively engage in the therapy process.
One way that I help students develop ownership of their goals is to involve them in the collection of data. The rubric I developed here can pretty much be used across a variety of target goals. For me, it’s proven to be a great way to help students focus their goals are, develop awareness of their skills and increase motivation!
At the beginning of the session students write their target skill(s). I like to collect the papers to avoid fidgeting, but you might want to post the scale nearby for visual reference.
I usually save 5-10 minutes at the end of the session to have students score their performance. Once they get the hang of it, scoring will go quicker. That’s one of the reasons I like to use a rubric that’s uniform across goals — IT’S SIMPLE & do we need simple!
I’d love to hear back from you if you give this rubric a try!