Data Driven Decision Making Process

Data Driven Decision Making Process

Data Driven Decision Making Process Are you familiar with the Data Driven Decision Making process?  This was developed by Schaaf and colleagues to improve outcome measurements in occupational therapy practice.  It is an eight-step process that emphasizes data use to help develop client-centered, replicable interventions to guide and measure practice. Here are the eight steps to guide clinical […]

5 Easy Data Collection Ideas to Try Right Now

5 Easy Data Collection Ideas to Try Right Now

5 Easy Data Collection Ideas to Try Right Now We asked and you answered!  Our current survey asked you “What are some of the biggest struggles you have with data collection as a pediatric therapist?”  So many of you have responded NO TIME!  Isn’t that the truth.  School-based therapists’ schedules are jammed packed sometimes across […]

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Keyboarding Words Per Minute Goal Tracker

Keyboarding Words Per Minute Goal Tracker Most students in grades 3 and up are working on keyboarding with a focus on words per minute.  This keyboarding words per minute goal tracker is super easy to collect data on how a student is progressing.  Even better, have the students monitor their own progress recording how they […]

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5 Reasons to Use Rubrics for School Based Therapists

Rubrics are an excellent tool for school based therapists to utilize throughout the school year for ongoing assessment of a student’s skills.  A rubric is a scoring guide to judge performance on a specific task. A skill is broken down into different components and a numerical value is given to each component. The performance is then […]

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Electronic Medical Records – Pediatric Therapy

Are you familiar with electronic medical records abbreviated as EMR?  For most school based occupational and physical therapists, electronic medical records are not being used in school districts.  Some school districts do run software programs to generate and monitor progress for students’ IEPs. I recently had the chance to view a demonstration of an EMR […]

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5 Reasons to Use Student Generated Data Collection

Do you struggle to keep up with data collection when it comes to tracking progress for school based therapy services?  Why not encourage the students themselves to help with data collection?  Here are 5 reasons why student generated data collection is beneficial: students learn to take ownership of their own progress and set appropriate goals. […]

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Who Are You In September? Owl Themed Handwriting Activity

Here is a cute freebie from Who Are You? – a new owl themed handwriting and drawing activity packet. Use it to track student’s progress throughout the year and create an adorable keepsake while you are at it. Download the sample page, Who Are You in September? here http://yourtherapysource.com/whoareyoufreebie.html and find out more about the complete […]

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What? Why? and How? to Use Rubrics for School Based Therapy

What are rubrics? Rubrics are an excellent tool for school based therapists to utilize throughout the school year for ongoing assessment of a student’s skills.  A rubric is a scoring guide to judge performance on a specific task. A skill is broken down into different components and a numerical value is given to each component. The […]

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Student Generated Data Collection

If you are a therapist or teacher, you know how hard it can be to keep up with data collection.  In my experience, it is never intentional to get behind.  Most of the time therapists and teachers are too busy teaching and interacting with the students.  Time gets the best of us and something has […]

Know What Works – 6 Ways to Track Progress

Do you ever feel like you offer many tips and suggestions but have a hard time keeping up with how the student performs?  Pediatric therapists need to collect data to find out what is working for a specific student.  Here are 6 ways to track progress:   1.  Tally Marks – how many times did they write […]