I have been using this handy tool in my practice for the past two years to help my students become more self aware about their status in the articulation therapy process, to talk about their progress and goals, and to self-assess.
When students are new, I explain to them where they are starting in the therapy process (which is usually isolation at the bottom of the staircase) and the steps we will go through as they learn sounds in longer and longer chunks of speech . . until the ultimate goal of “graduation” (which they are all excited about until it actually happens and they realize they can no longer attend therapy :)
Before each therapy session students (along with my help if needed) identify which “step” they are on, and we discuss that day’s “learning target” which coincides with it. You can find my learning targets at HERE
Sometimes we need to discuss that they may be on different steps for different sounds they are addressing in therapy since this is often the case. After the session, if that day’s progress resulted in moving on to a new step, we note and celebrate that milestone. This continuous self-assessment helps students to become more aware of their goals and motivates them to move up the staircase! They also come to realize which steps are more difficult than others.
Using this visual has really boosted their own awareness AND their efforts! Nobody likes getting stuck on a step for a long time! It also has brought me some satisfaction knowing my students are invested in and knowledgeable of their therapy process. I feel that my students and I have become more of a team - working together to advance their speech skills! I hope it does the same for you!
Oh! It's also a nice visual to use with parents for explaining the therapy process. As you can imagine, adminstrators will also love that you are implementing self-assessment.
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