Methodology of Speech Therapy
One of the treatment methodologies used at NSPT is to implement the Kaufman Method. This treatment strategy was developed by Nancy Kaufman, M.A. CCC-SLP, who is a leading expert in the treatment of children with developmental apraxia of speech.
The Kaufman Method varies from traditional articulation and phonological techniques in that it teaches sound approximations using a specific hierarchy. Children are taught word approximations first, in order to help reinforce their ability to successfully increase motor coordination. Once the basic patterns have been mastered, more complex consonants and syllables are introduced. The teaching hierarchy is similar to how children first acquire language, as words are simplified, and more complex consonants and syllables are initially omitted. For example, the word “banana” may first be produced by a young child as “nuh,” then “nuh-nuh,” and “na-nuh.” As they master the ability to sequence more difficult sounds and syllable shapes, the word will eventually sound like the whole word, “banana.” This approach is suitable for children of varying ages and skill levels since it allows them to systematically build upon the approximations they have or are learning in order to begin using true words more consistently. The Kaufman Method also implements specific cues in order to maximize the child’s expressive vocabulary and help increase functional speech sound production.
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