I have a copy of an articulation hierarchy in my room. I really love how the person who created it used steps as a visualization for the kids to see how many steps they are away from graduating.
The kids LOVE to look at it. My first graders especially love to see where they are just about every time they come, which sometimes can be a real time sucker because (a) the chart is teeny tiny and (b) it hangs across the room from our therapy area. I really like to see them care about it, so I decided to put my own spin on things - and I guess reinvent the wheel.
I plan on printing this on the poster printer we have, so that it will be easy to see. When the kids ask about where they are (even if we talk about it pretty often), I can tell them a color quickly, they can do their own personal "oh yeah" dance, and we can get down to speech business.
I am uploading a copy of the hierarchy here for you to download. Happy Friday!