Course Curriculum

    1. Self Assessment, Course Evaluation, and Feedback

About this course

  • $9.00
  • 1 lesson
  • 0 hours of video content

This course is a podcast episode.

You can listen to this course for free on most podcast players (Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, etc.). Once you have listened to the episode / course you can access the post-test and earn your certificate / ASHA CEUs using the links above.

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Course Presenters

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Episode Summary

Wow.  Data collection.  Qualitative.  Quantitative. Frequency.  Latency.  Validity.  Accuracy.

Super exciting topic - no really!  We know speech language pathology is an evidence-based practice, but we don’t get tons of training in different types of data collection methods or how to optimize our data collection for our work environment.  We found some great articles when we were preparing for this podcast, and we are excited to share them with you.

In this episode we hope to get you as excited about data as we are!  Learn about why we should even collect data in the first place, and what are the important components that make data “good”.  Find out some questions you should ask yourself when thinking about what data you’ll collect and how you’ll do it - including whether you should consider your data collection methods when writing goals and objectives.  Finally, we’ll troubleshoot some potential data-collection pitfalls and give tips about how to avoid data that is inaccurate, cumbersome, or even impossible to take.

Come and hang out, be our nerdy friend, listen, learn, and earn ASHA Professional Development (other providers check with your credentialing organization to find out if our quiz and certificate of participation counts toward the professional development requirements for your license, email us with any questions!).  Get as excited as we are about data collection and watch your relationship with this clinical skill change for the better! 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify at least 2 reasons to take data and describe at least 2 components to consider when taking data

  2.  Identify at least 2 hurdles to collecting data 

  3. Identify at least 2 strategies to overcoming hurdles to data collection 

  4.  Identify at least 2 kinds of data collection and situations they are best suited to


Korsten, J. (2002). Meaningful data: Making sense of + and -. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 11(3), 10-13

Olswang, L. B. & Bain, B. (1994). Monitoring children’s treatment progress. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 3(3), 55-66

Walz, J. (2013). Technology to support data collection and management in the public schools. Perspectives on School-Based Issues, 14(1), 10-14



Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children 

Time Ordered Agenda:

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Descriptions of reasons for data collection and hurdles to data collection

15 minutes:  Descriptions of the strategies for overcoming hurdles to data collection

10 minutes:  Describe of different kinds of data collection and situations in which they may be appropriate

5 minutes: Summary and Closing


The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!