Find your way with the ROCC!

The Roadmap of
Communicative Competence

A rubric tool to assess, plan and evaluate communication outcomes

Who is the ROCC for?

The ROCC is for teachers and service providers who support individuals with communication challenges in their class or practice. You can assess people of all ages, diagnoses and modes of communication - speech, sign and aided forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Scores include all levels of communicative competence - from early emergent to competent and independent.

Schools

Teacher and student signing
  • Planning, handover, goal setting and report writing made easy.
  • Collate data to plan and measure class and whole school outcomes.
  • Generate data graphs to prioritise funding, plan training, or allocate resources
  • ROCC assessment suits all students with communication challenges - autism, intellectual disability, physical disability and developmental delay.

Speech Pathologists

Speech Pathologist and child using PODD
  • Track progress and outcomes with graphs for reporting.
  • Plan next steps and set goals
  • Create data graphs for NDIS reports
  • Talk to families about their child’s communication with a shared reference point.
  • Analyse caseload trends

Families

Family using ROCC together
  • Understand all aspects of your child’s communication
  • Share clear and easy to understand information with service providers
  • Get all of your team on the same page
  • Track your child’s progress over time.
  • Subscription options for families are available soon.

Organisations

Successful organisation using ROCC
  • Use ROCC profiles and group data to support your clients’ communication
  • Collect clear data to inform funding decisions.
  • Target your staff training to key areas of need
  • Use ROCC to describe research participants more comprehensively

What is the ROCC assessment?

This ROCC is a tool to identify, plan and implement communication change within your setting. Track an individual’s progress over time as they move along a continuum towards communicative competence. Simple data tracks outcomes so that you can see that your hard work is making a difference and know where to focus your efforts. The ROCC measures progress in smaller increments and achievable goals.

The ROCC scores produce an individual profile graph by taking a deeper look into the 10 key goal areas that contribute to communicative competence for those who use AAC, speech or sign.  In the process of scoring, you will increase your knowledge about the individual’s current communication, and detailed descriptors give guidance toward next steps and goal setting.

The ROCC creates a shared understanding of the components and steps toward communicative competence.

To read a more detailed presentation please download this document outlining the Purpose of the ROCC - an assessment & Data Collection Tool [1MB, PDF]. Includes outcome measurements, data reports and sample graphs.

About ROCC Training Workshops

We want the ROCC to give you the right information and real outcomes. For best outcomes, ROCC users should be trained. Only trained users can create and view the graphs.

 

ROCC basic training (3 hours) 

An introduction to the ROCC and detailed learning around all levels within the 10 scoring domains.

During the training, participants will create a ROCC profile for a selected individual. Interactive discussion is encouraged to ensure learning across a wide range of communicators.

The workshop also provides an overview of the ROCC online and demonstration of group data graphs.

 

Using ROCC data to set communication goals and identify strategies (2 hours)

This workshop suggests a goal setting process to follow on from the ROCC assessment. Participants will be supported to make decisions about key target areas and write achievable goals for individuals and groups. Strategies and resources to meet those goals are also discussed. Participants attending this workshop need to have completed the ROCC basic training.

Next training dates

ROCC Assessment Webinar
Wednesday, 30th Of October 2019, 4:30pm to 7:30pm AEST.

About Janelle Sampson

Janelle Sampson created the ROCC after more than 28 years of experience as a Speech Pathologist with a focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She is also the founder of Two Way Street in Adelaide and has worked extensively with families, schools and other organisations to support children and adults with complex communication needs. Janelle provides regular consultations and workshops around Australia for ROCC, PODD and many other areas related to supporting people with communication challenges.

You can find out more about Janelle’s views on communication and read Janelle's blog posts here.

Testimonials

“All staff are extremely excited about your tool and continually commented on how practical, informative and appropriate it is”. Michelle, Deputy Principal, Adelaide West Special Education Centre

“We have just finished printing out the ROCC data and I am so pleased with the data. The information and structured planning is fantastic. It is most excited I have ever been about data. I really love what I am seeing here and I am looking forward to the positive impact this will have on our planning.” ~ Cale, Principal, College Row School, W.A

Start using the ROCC tool today!