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Easy Does It® for Apraxia and Motor Planning
Ages: 4-12   Grades: PreK-7

The athletic theme of this program captures student interest and complements extensive, systematic activities for apraxia and challenging speech disorders.    


  • Develop motor planning and sequencing for speech 
  • Articulate multisyllabic words, phrases and sentences, and consonant blends in words
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Experienced and beginning clinicians love the Easy Does It series for its:  

  • detailed explanation of therapy techniques
  • systematic lesson plans
  • clear goals and objective
  • student practice activities and materials

Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning is for students who:

  • 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 has six treatment levels.  Each treatment level is divided into sequential objectives.  There are detailed, step-by-step therapy suggestions and activities for each objective.  The treatment levels are:

  1. consistent production of vowel sequences and isolated consonants
  2. combine consonants and vowels to form words
  3. produce consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words
  4. produce multisyllabic words
  5. produce phrases and sentences
  6. produce consonant blends in words

Copy the student activity pages.  The convenient program equips you for therapy with:

  • goals and objectives
  • treatment strategies
  • 104-pages of athletic-themed activity sheets
  • reproducible pictures
  • hand signal descriptions
  • action activities
  • word, phrase, and sentence lists
  • Consonant Inventory form
  • vowel checklist
  • anatomical placement pictures
  • therapy tracking form
  • sample lesson plan
  • troubleshooting techniques and additional practice ideas

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2-Book Set: 132-page therapy manual, 104-page materials book
  • "The principles of motor learning theory and intensity of speech-motor practice appear to be the most often emphasized in an optimal treatment program" (ASHA, 2007).
  • " An often-cited recommendation is to utilize a multisensory approach to treatment.  The use of touch cues, sign language, pictures, and visual prompts have been described as extremely effective for children with CAS (childhood apraxia of speech)" (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).

Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning 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 March 9, 2009, from

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.


Robin Strode Downing, Catherine Chamberlain


Robin and Catherine have been practicing speech-language pathologists for a combined total of over 65 years.  They have a special interest in working with children who have severe communication disorders, including children with childhood apraxia of speech, oral-motor dysfunction, phonological disorders, autism, and Down Syndrome.  Their skill is in developing functional, research-based therapy programs and therapy plans for children with severe communication disorders.  They have extensive experience working with children from toddlerhood throughout the school years.  Robin and Catherine have worked together for more than 25 years and consider themselves to be "two bodies and one brain."

They both hold the Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and are licensed as speech-language pathologists in Kentucky.  Robin serves on the advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).

In addition to this book, Robin and Catherine are the joint authors of Easy Does It for Apraxia Preschool, Easy Does It for Articulation An Oral-Motor Approach, The Source for Childhood Apraxia of Speech, The Source for Down Syndrome, and SPARC for Concepts.  Catherine is also the author of The Basic Concept Workbook and Basic Concept Pictures.

Robin and Catherine have presented numerous seminars on Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Oral-Motor Facilitation of Speech throughout the United States and Canada.  They present dynamic, informative, and fun workshops.

Robin and Catherine were the joint recipients of the 2004 Clinical Achievement Award from the Kentucky Speech-Hearing-Language Association, which is the highest professional award offered at the state level.  They were nominated for "the innovative development and delivery of a Childhood Apraxia of Speech treatment protocol that is being used throughout the United States and has been incorporated into university curricula."  They also serve as mentors and consultants to parents and speech-language pathologists throughout the country.


Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning is designed for students who:

  • don't show progress using traditional articulation or phonology approaches
  • demonstrate subtle or more evident motor planning deficits affecting speech
  • progress slowly and can't carryover speech and language skills they have learned
  • may be intelligible at the word or phrase level, but lose intelligibility at the sentence level
  • have delays in development of speech and expressive language
  • have increased errors when using complex phonetic combinations
  • have a diagnosis of developmental verbal apraxia (DVA)

Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning is a two-book set that was developed for 4- to 12-year-old students.  By using the tips under each Goal and using the Successful Strategies, you can easily adapt this program for younger students or students with developmental delays.

Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning is similar to the Van Riper approach to articulation therapy in that a particular speech sound is targeted in isolation, in syllables, in words, in phrases, and in sentences.  It's similar to phonology therapy in that sound classes are targeted, as well as syllabication, postvocalic consonants, and blend productions.  However, Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning differs from these two approaches in that the emphasis is on developing sound sequencing skills and closed syllables in increasingly more complex tasks.

Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning is a systematic program for teaching:

  • isolated sounds
  • syllable production
  • syllable sequencing
  • syllable closure
  • multisyllabic words
  • phrases
  • sentences
  • consonant blend words

Using Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning's athletic theme, your students will learn that they need to practice their sport—speech—just like athletes practice their sports.  The more your students practice, the easier talking will be!

The Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning Therapy Manual contains:

  • strategies
  • goals and objectives
  • tips
  • activities
  • hand signal descriptions
  • vocabulary definitions
  • forms
  • lesson plan
  • word and sentence lists
  • word pictures
  • references

The Materials Book contains:

  • worksheets
  • vowel and consonant trading cards
  • badges

Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning uses a multisensory approach.  Suggested multisensory cues are given in the Successful Strategies section of the book.

In keeping with the athletic theme, you may want to introduce each activity as if you're the coach and your students are the athletes.  This will help motivate your students for therapy.

Easy Does It for Apraxia and Motor Planning is designed to have your students' family members and teachers help your students practice the skills they've learned.  The completed worksheets can be used for extra practice.

Now that you're warmed up, get your athletes ready to practice intelligible speech!