Goals &
Common Core

I took a class  on Policies & Procedures in Special Education as part of my continuing education.  I thought it would be good for me to learn more about the law that governs what I do. 

I have to admit, I foolishly thought I already knew what I needed to know in order to get a good grade.  While reading the text, I spotted one of my typical articulation goals: 

Mary will produce /r/
 with 80% accuracy in words, phrases, sentences, and conversation. 

I was pretty geeked to see my
goal in this text UNTIL I read the title of the chapter:  

The Wrong Way IEP's!  

So much for my smug attitude.  I learned a great deal from this class and one of the greatest things was to make my present level of performance detailed and my goals individualized.  This is fairly easy with articulation/phonology.  The struggle I had was with language.  The goals in the link below are based on using the concepts and category information above (pre/post assessments) and drill and practice on these items.  Our biggest problem with language is that we make our goals too vague.  We need to be specific if we want to make them measurable and to show progress.  It's hard to do this at first, but when you can actually start crossing things off of an IEP because the child mastered them, you will always want to write your goals this way.  The days of writing the same goal over and over again each year need to be done.  These are just examples.  

You will need to adopt your own style....just make sure it is individualized and specific to that particular child.  If you ever have to go to due process over your goals, I can tell you a judge will not like goals that are the same year after year. I was guilty of writing my goals that way for a long time.  Learn from my mistakes!

Goal Examples

Common Core + Speech = ????

So most of us have heard about Common Core, right?  Now, the BIG question....How do I implement it into  my therapy every day?  The answer:  YOU ALREADY DO!  Common Core has really taken a large part of the language activities we have done for YEARS and put them into common state standards for everyone to follow.  Now, when the teacher asks why you are taking little Johnny for speech when he speaks fine, you can graciously point out the LANGUAGE goals he is working on based on the Common Core.  Now, I would love to sit down with the CC and pick out the areas that focus on my specialty, but who has time for that? 
Thankfully,the wonderful people that call themselves Speech-Language Pathologists are the most generous individuals in education and many have already done it!  Why reinvent the wheel when it was created so perfectly already (in reference to both the wheel AND the Common Core references below).  These are links of some of the best CC adaptations I have found. 

Crazy Speech World Blog -- CC and the SLP

 K-5 Common Core Standards Supporting IEP Goals for English Language Arts

The link above will take you to Teachers Pay Teachers and you can buy this list of goals for   $5.00 which is a great deal.  

Bloom's Taxonomy

This is a great treatment model for language processing.  Ever wonder WHY we work on labeling, functions, associations, categories etc.?  There is a reason!  I sure wish we spent more time on this model  in graduate school in reference to treatment!  It looks like you will have to ask to become a member of this WIKI to view the document as it is not available to the general public anymore.  I already author a few WIKI's myself, so all  I had to do was ask to join.  If you are not part of a WIKI and have not registered on WIKI spaces, you may have to do so to access this information.  Even then, since the information was originally from Linguisystems, I am not sure if it will be available on the WIKI once you gain access.  I have found some additional PDF files on Bloom's Taxonomy and have provided the link to that page below.

Language Processing Treatment Model--Bloom's Taxonomy

More PDF's on Bloom's Taxonomy