Tyler Turtle and friends lead multisensory, systematic therapy activities for preschoolers with speech difficulties. The comprehensive program emphasizes sound sequencing and building sound and syllable complexity.
- Build intelligible speech
- Develop sound and syllable sequencing
- Produce sounds in isolation, syllables, words, phrases, and sentences
Experienced and beginning clinicians love the Easy Does It series for its:
- detailed explanation of therapy techniques
- systematic lesson plans
- clear goals and objectives
- student practice activities and materials
Easy Does It for Apraxia Preschool is for children who:
- are nonverbal or have unintelligible speech with age-appropriate receptive skills
- have inconsistent error patterns
- don't show progress with traditional therapy approaches
- demonstrate motor-planning deficits for speech
- lose intelligibility at the sentence level
- have increased errors when using complex phonetic combinations
The program is organized around six treatment levels or goals. Each treatment level is divided into sequential objectives. There are detailed, step-by-step therapy suggestions and activities for each objective. The treatment levels/goals are:
- establish turn-taking and imitative behaviors
- consistent production of vowel sounds and sequences, and isolated consonants
- combine consonants and vowels to form syllables
- produce one-syllable CVC words
- produce multisyllabic words and use them in phrases
- produce consonant blends in words and in phrases
The program uses multisensory teaching with action and play-based activities. Copy the student activity pages. The reproducible pages include: picture cards, hand signal cards, worksheets, and activities featuring Tyler Turtle and friends.
The convenient program also includes:
- word, phrase, and sentence lists
- consonant inventory form
- parent interview form
- parent progress sheet
- observation form
- therapy tracking form
- sample lesson plans
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I just wanted to say thank you. I am an American living in Korea with my two children. I have no access to English-speaking speech therapists. A few months ago I ordered Easy Does It For Apraxia-Preschool for my 2 year-old son, who, although extremely bright, did not talk. The program is wonderful!!! I can not say enough good things about it. The simple but fun exercises have unlocked something in my son. His speech has blossomed. Today was a huge breakthrough—for the first time he was able to articulate the long U sound on its own. This means that for the first time today, I got to hear my son say "I love you." Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Patrica Baker, Parent
Ulsan, South Korea
- The principles of motor learning theory and intensity of speech-motor practice are frequently emphasized in effective treatment programs (ASHA, 2007).
- A multisensory approach to treatment is often recommended. The use of touch cues, sign language, visual prompts, and pictures have been described as very effective for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) (ASHA, 2007).
- Hallmark characteristics of CAS are vowel errors, variability, and prosodic differences (Jacks, Marquardt, & Davis, 2005).
- It is important to target syllable awareness and production in treating the speech of children with CAS (Jacks, Marquardt, & Davis, 2005).
- Effective change of speech patterns within CAS includes a focus on correct speech-sound productions in various word shapes, including multisyllabic utterances (Hodge, 2008).
- Appropriate intervention for a child with CAS involves not only the professional, but the family and teachers as well. The speech-language pathologist needs to educate these important team members on the child's current therapy objectives and help set up a home and classroom therapy program to facilitate carryover of targeted skills outside of therapy sessions (ASHA, 2007).
Easy Does It for Apraxia Preschool incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2007). Childhood apraxia of speech [Technical Report]. Retrieved August 5, 2009, from www.asha.org/policy
Hodge, M.H. (2008, November). Motor speech disorders in pediatric practice. Presentation at the meeting of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.
Jacks, A., Marquardt, T.P., & Davis, B.L. (2005). Consonant and syllable structure patterns in childhood apraxia of speech: Developmental change in three children. Journal of Communication Disorders, 39(6), 424-441.