Today we got two of the best documentation apps out there for music therapists and healthcare professionals like you. One option is free, and the other is a nominal fee.
Super Duper Data Tracker
If you haven’t heard of this app, I encourage you to try it out. It’s $9.99. It was originally free, but the app became award-winning soon after it launched. So, the company opted to put it behind a payment gateway. IT’S TOTALLY WORTH IT!
“SDDT” is a great way for you to track simple goals in individual and group sessions. You can list as many goals per person as necessary. For example:
“B will identify her name in a field of 2 or more, in 3 out of 4 trials, over 3 consecutive sessions, by the end of the IEP period.” You can literally pull the goal straight from the IEP. You can also write them in code. (If the goal is #1.4, then you could replace the text with “1.4.”)
Stay compliant with your client’s policies regarding privacy.
The app allows for approximations documentation, so your goals do not have to be black & white. You can tap the results of each trial, and take free-hand notes along the way.
It automatically calculates the percentage of success for each session. Then you can email the data to yourself or your client’s parent.
The free app option is Teacher’s Assistant. The pro version is paid, but it’s free for up to 5 students. It offers check marks as “yes they did it” or “no they did not do it.”
This is an app built for teachers, but it’s also great for music therapists who do group work in schools.
If you’d like to REALLY dig in to the most effective apps for your practice, then check out Bonnie Hayhurst’s There’s An App For That course. It features 145 apps, organized into goal domains such as fine motor functioning, sensory input and stimulation, relaxation, and procedural support. Whether you work in a medical, wellness, or educational setting, this course is great for you!