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Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment Kits for Children
By Nancy R. Kaufman, M.A., CCC/SLP
Author of The Kaufman Speech Praxis Test for Children, 1995

For nearly 10-years, the Kaufman Children's Center for Speech and Language Disorders (KCC) has been the leader in providing specialized apraxia of speech therapy in preschool and early elementary-aged children. The director of the KCC, Nancy R. Kaufman, M.A., CCC/SPL, has specialized in the preschool population for 25-years. She lectures locally and nationally on the subject of apraxia of speech in children and has earned awards for continuing education.


"The Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment certainly can be used with any late-talking child." says developer Nancy Kaufman: "In fact, by employing these techniques, we can make a much clearer judgment as to whether there is an apraxia of speech in quite young children or whether we are merely looking at ‘neurological immaturity.'" The Kaufman approach assists children in attempting their best word approximations when they can't produce complete words. By teaching them that it is okay to say “wawa” for water, or “ba” for ball, or “nana” for banana, they come to understand how to say words that they may have been avoiding because they did not know how to simplify them. It is quite common for late-talking children, after being introduced to the Kaufman method, to move full steam ahead, developing more and more “approximated” vocabulary. Then, they move into full, clear vocabulary and begin to combine words independently without the need for continued therapy. If they do not move ahead rapidly, it would be appropriate to suspect that the child has apraxia.


Part of the Kaufman approach is the early establishment of a “core vocabulary,” consisting of a few simple, functional words like “mama,” “up,” “more,” and “me” that are practiced until they become part of your child's “motor memory.” Core words are put into a notebook that is practiced at home and incorporated into daily activities. The key to treatment is repetition so that the learning of new speech sounds becomes more automatic. There are kits explaining the Kaufman method that can be used by professionals or by parents at home.

Read more and find ordering information below regarding the following Kaufman products: Kaufman Kit 1 | Kaufman Kit 2



Beginner Level

Are you ready for the most effective picture collection and treatment manual for children with apraxia of speech? This vibrant, exciting picture library has successive word approximations written on the back of each item so that children who are late to talk can learn to speak!!

Children with apraxia of speech have difficulty initiating sound sequences necessary to produce normal speech. This occurs because of a breakdown in the ability to coordinate the oral-motor movements necessary to produce and combine phonemes to form words, even though there is no evidence of oral paresis or paralysis. Without guidance these children often stop attempting to speak or verbalize patterns at rudimentary levels below that of which they are capable. This can delay progress and can cause unnecessary frustration for the child, parents and educators.

This treatment method explains, in a systematic way, how to simplify word pronunciation patterns, making it easier for children to communicate. Phonological processes are utilized and explained as a systematic method of enabling the user to develop verbal stimuli (successive approximations toward target words) that match the child's current ability to initiate phonemes. As the child's ability to produce more complex phoneme patterns improves, more appropriate successive approximation patterns can be introduced keeping the child's ability to speak at their maximum level.

This unique material (manual and 200+ stimulus picture cards) help the clinician determine why a word is difficult for a child to produce and how to
change the stimulus to meet the motoric needs of the child. For example, the voiceless phoneme in the word "pony" may need to be voiced ("bou-ni"); or the
medial consonant may need to be more "gross" or visible (dentilize the n) or may need to be deleted ("po-i"); or the final vowel may need to be neutralized ("po-ne"). These picture stimuli were specifically designed for individuals with apraxia of speech. They are also appropriate for any individual exhibiting articulatory and/or phonological impairments.

If the child cannot produce all of the phonemes in simple bisyllabics (C1 V1 C2 V2) the user is able to choose a variety of appropriate stimulus material from
this section of the treatment kit. Other treatment categories include:

Vowel-Consonant (initial consonant deletion)
Consonant-Vowel (final consonant deletion)
Repetitive syllables
Simple assimilation
Bilabial assimilation
Tip alveolar assimilation
Repetitive syllables with vowel change
Simple polysyllabics
Simple bysyllabics plus CVC
(m) synthesis
(b) synthesis
(d) synthesis
(h) synthesis
(n) synthesis
(w) synthesis

Item Price:$ 174.00



Advanced Level

Kit II is the more complex treatment kit, with even more pictures, to include all other complex consonants in different combinations creating nouns and verbs. These serve as a way to move into more refinement and integration skills. This treatment material can be used by speech pathologists as well as parents. Kit II is for the child who is having most difficulties with complex consonants, in terms of producing and/or combining them to form words, phrases, and sentences. The consonants that are emphasized in Kit II are:

/ k / final
/ k / initial
/ s / final
/ s / initial
/ g / initial
/ l / initial
/ l / blends
/ f / final
/ f / initial
/ s / blends
/ r / blends
/S/ final
/S/ initial
" low" pivot syllable
" ter" pivot syllable
" ber" pivot syllable
" ing" or "een" pivot syllable
Familiar complex bisyllabics
Familiar complex polysyllabics

Kit II is a logical step for children who are doing well with Kit I. It is for the purpose of refining and further integrating motor-speech coordination. The Kit pictures are for the purpose of obtaining best word approximations toward target words. The child will do best when able to work at the level of "natural" play activities, once the speech-language pathologist or parent understands how to assist the child when whole words are too difficult.

Item Price:$ 199.00



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