I love tracking progress of my students. I have found baselines for words and sentences, but none for reading that are quick and easy. That's why I created Reading Data Collection forms for different sounds in articulation therapy.
A lot of children with articulation errors might do fine in single words or sentences, but as soon as they get to reading and conversation, there is a break-down in intelligibility and in their articulation precision. But how do you show that they are making progress or need therapy when their baselines in words and sentences are 100%?
That's why I think these Reading Data Collection forms are a MUST HAVE in therapy. I use them to track progress, to write in progress reports I send home, to show the students that they are progressing, to use in my communication evaluation summaries, to help exit a child from speech or to qualify a child for speech services. These also tell me where a certain sound is hardest for them (initial, medial, final, blends, certain blends) and where I should focus my therapy.
The way I use them:
1. I print out 2 copies of the form.
2. I give 1 copy to the student and I hold on to 1 copy.
3. I have the student read their copy. As they are reading, on my copy, I put a mark through the words that they missed. Then I tally up their percentage for that certain target.
4. At the end of all the reading samples, I tally up their percentage overall on that sound.
Each target (initial, medial, final, certain blends) have 10 target words per reading exercise. This is so it is easy to calculate the percentage in your head.
The /L/ Reading Data Collection form has 120 target words. This really gives you a good idea of where the child is at and can be done within 10 minutes.
I also use the same copy of the Reading Data Collection form to check the child's progress later. I just use a different color of pen to mark the words they miss as they read.
I have made other Reading Data Collection forms for /R/, /SH, CH, J/, /S, Z/, /TH/. I will be posting them soon so make sure to look back. If you would like Reading Data Collection forms for other sounds, send me a message and I will make one for you!
NOTE: The font I have used for this form is Comic Sans. It looks nothing like the thumbnail font pictured.:) It's much easier to read.
Thanks for looking!