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Course Description and Learning Outcomes

So, our dirty little secret is out.  We are pretty into data.  Not just for the sake of collecting data, but thinking about why we are collecting it, what the best methods are for collecting it (so - meaningful and doable), and how and when we should use it to inform all sorts of things.  Data is a thread that runs through our field, from assessments, to recertifications for third payer funding sources, to helping understand and tweak what you are doing from day to day as a clinician.  It is not just sticky notes filled with pluses and minuses (although one of us loves her office full of sticky notes!).  Join us as we continue to deepen the discussion about data, in hopes that you will join our club, too!  By making better friends with data, we can see it as a helper rather than an hindrance. 

In this episode, we’ll cover topics such as data collection methods that tend to be less frequently used in the field of speech language pathology, benefits of certain data collection methods and modalities (e.g., high and low tech) depending upon the target task and/or environment, as well as practical, real-life tips and examples to illustrate how different approaches may be easier and result in better quality data.

Join us for a special blend of commentary, literature reviews, and hopefully even some fun, as you learn more about why and how you really could hop on the “data is cool” train!

  1. Describe at least 5 different types of data collection not commonly used in speech and language therapy
  2. Describe at least 2 pros and cons of using both low-tech and high-tech measurement tools
  3. Describe at least 2 strategies for choosing which kind of data to take 

Course Presenters


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.

Speaker Disclosures

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: Kate 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 less commonly used data collection system in speech and language pathology

15 minutes:  Descriptions of the pros and cons related to both low-tech and high-tech data collection systems

10 minutes:  Describe the decision making process that may go into deciding which kind of data to take

5 minutes: Summary and Closing

References and Resources

Cooper, J., Heron, T., & Heward, W. (2020). Applied Behavior Analysis. Harlow: Pearson Education UK.

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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! We'd love to hear from you!