• Social Language Skills groups focus on understand and enhancing communication and increasing confidence
    in social situations. Click HERE for more information and call 248-737-3430 for our next start dates.
  • Help your child learn to have positive experiences with food in a nurturing group setting. The KCC offers Feeding
    Groups periodically throughout the year. Call us at 248-737-3430 for more information and start dates.
The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol


The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol is a way of teaching children with apraxia of speech the easiest way of saying words until they have increased motor-speech coordination. They are actually taught the shell of words without including too many of the complex consonants, vowels, or syllables which make a word too difficult to even attempt on a motor basis.

This teaching method is a reflection of how young children attempt “first words.” For example, the word “bottle” may begin as “ba,” progress to “baba,” later becomes “bado,” and eventually, “bottle.” From the very beginning of infant speech, there are very few “whole” words pronounced. The K-SLP gives children of all ages a way to attempt difficult words using word approximations, and refining and reinforcing these attempts toward whole target words and phrases. It is a systematic approach and one that has been an extremely beneficial, logical, and an efficient way to tackle developmental apraxia of speech.

Other methods are also integrated in the K-SLP that have been successful with adults who have lost the ability to speak. Many of these techniques have to do with the way in which the child learns cues to remind them how to say the word. The combination of these techniques comprise the Kaufman method!

What can parents, friends, and family
do to help the child with apraxia of speech?

► To read Nancy's article about her methods, The "Successive Approximation" Method of Therapy for Children with Apraxia of Speech, on the Apraxia-Kids/Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) website, click here.

► To read the article about the Kaufman method as it applies to children with autism, Shaping Verbal Language for Children on the Spectrum of Autism Who Also Exhibit Apraxia of Speech , on the Apraxia-Kids/Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) website, click here.

► Full-day workshops on The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol are presented across the country. Visit Northern Speech Services for registration information.

► For more information about Nancy's intensive programs click here.

► The Kaufman Materials are also available through Northern Speech Services.

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