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Evaluation And Treatment Of Childhood Apraxia Of Speech: The Kaufman K-SLP Methods And Behavioral Strategies To Build Vocal Communication #e266

Presenter: Nancy Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP

Kaufman Treatment Strategies for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Content from this course is also included within this larger apraxia competency training:

#e295: Kaufman Apraxia Competencies


This course will focus on evaluation and treatment strategies for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) using the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol methods.

The presentation will include signs and symptoms of CAS, establishing motivation, shaping word approximations, implementing and fading cues, reinforcement strategies, data collection, scripting functional expressive language, coaching parents, and practicing skills in the natural environment. Discussed will be implementing the principles of motor learning for practice schedules, and how to move from the acquisition stage to the retention stage of learning to be an effective vocal communicator.

The methods, strategies and techniques presented in this course follow the most current research in childhood apraxia of speech. Clinicians will be provided with the information they need to help children progress from a simple core vocabulary to phrases and eventually to sentences and conversational speech. Therapy session videos will be shown throughout the presentation to enhance the learning experience. Children ages 2-6 years will be the focus of this presentation. Offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs – 6 contact hours.

Course Overview – Run Time: 6:00:01

  1. Overview of the K-SLP Approach
  2. Evaluation of CAS | Signs and Symptoms
  3. Simplifying the Motor Plans of Words
  4. Shaping Word Approximations
  5. Implementing and Fading Cues
  6. Combining Words | Scripting Functional Expressive Language
  7. Behavioral Principles | Errorless Teaching
  8. Five Lists of Single Words
  9. Coaching Parents
  10. K-SLP and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  11. Pre and Post Progress Videos

Nancy Kaufman Apraxia Therapy

"I found everything tremendously helpful. I liked the discussion regarding simplification and use of phonological processes to gradually improve to accurate productions of words. It was helpful to see the concepts in action, and the way in which Nancy conducts her therapy sessions."

– M.B., prior course participant

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"I have been using the Kaufman Cards for years, and now I have a better understanding of the elicitation techniques, cues, and fading of prompts. I LOVED all the therapy video demonstrations. This is what is missing in many other professional developments. Mrs. Kaufman tells you what to do and then shows you HOW to do it."

– D.G., prior course participant

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This presentation will focus exclusively on the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol. Other treatment approaches will receive limited or no coverage as part of this course. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.

Video presentation with downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.


"Types of cues and tactile cues for vowels and consonants. Excellent presentation and teaching." R.L. (Jul. 2024)

"I had not heard of the Rapid Motor Imitation Antecedent Training and I found this to be a very good idea for working with kids who are not at the verbal imitation stage. I liked the breakdowns of do's and don'ts and why such as keeping the initial consonant with the vowel and not breaking this." C.D. (Jul. 2024)

"Videos of children and therapists were helpful. I liked that the course is available anytime - no time limit." M.K. (Jul. 2024)

"The techniques used to elicit speech for nonverbal children, as well as whole words and phrases were beneficial. I will be able to use these techniques in my therapy. I really appreciated all of the video examples. It made the course much more interesting and effective than just presenting the material without being able to see the methods and techniques used with actual clients." D.P. (Jul. 2024)

"The idea of teaching word approximations initially rather than insisting on correct productions. The example videos were very helpful!" K.G. (Jul. 2024)

"Beneficial development of appropriate goals based on specific assessment outcomes. Use of cues to be implemented depending on level of the child's ability. I liked the extensive examples provided by the presenter." J.V. (Jun. 2024)

"I found the entire presentation to be of great value to me as an SLP. Specifically, Nancy's breakdown of the program and how to build first words to then increase MLU without needing to wait for perfection. I also found her detailed descriptions of cueing to be very valuable. Nancy's presentation was engaging and informative. Her expertise and skill were evident in her ease of discussion about the KSLP. Her humor was well timed and her use of videos for further understanding was extremely beneficial to observe practical application of concepts being discussed." A.C. (Jun. 2024)

"Introducing cues and then fading them to generate independence from the child. Nancy is a fantastic presenter and her videos were helpful in being able to visualize how to implement K-SLP." A.P. (Jun. 2024)

"The different cue types and methods to implement cues. I enjoyed the entire course. Normally, I have trouble maintaining my attention to continuing education courses, but this one kept me very engaged. I also enjoyed the clinical video demonstrations with real clients." I.L. (Jun. 2024)

"Actual therapy techniques and strategies for working with clients and how to help parents carryover targeted skills at home. I liked Nancy's description of techniques and strategies followed by real-life examples of them being implemented in sessions." K.R. (Jun. 2024)

"This course was a good place to start, given my limited knowledge of CAS. I liked the video examples." A.Z. (Jun. 2024)

"Discussing overgeneralization and the use of auditory bombardment was beneficial, also allowing the children to find items that they prefer and incorporating those in activities as best as possible, allowing the child to use approximations initially and then providing them with more specific instruction to refine the production as their skills progress. I enjoyed the example videos shown and the explanations of them as the video was playing. I always learn best by doing something myself or watching someone do something so it was incredibly helpful to have instruction as the video was going." B.C. (May. 2024)

"The hand cues were helpful. I liked being able to watch the course again." A.A. (May. 2024)

"Cues and teaching caregivers were beneficial topics. I enjoyed the examples, easy to listen to and understand the techniques." B.I. (May. 2024)

"Suggestions for the use of approximations were helpful. I liked the pre and post videos." T.P. (May. 2024)

"The techniques offered are great!" A.J. (May. 2024)

"Real-life therapy examples were beneficial. I liked how the course was broken up and organized." S.R. (Apr. 2024)

"Discussing how to approach CAS through specific targets was helpful. I liked the video examples of treatment and parent coaching." A.N. (Mar. 2024)

"The emphasis on cues, especially hand signs. The delivery was exemplary. I also enjoyed the exposure to so many sessions on video." G.L. (Mar. 2024)

"Discussing how to implement with my patients was beneficial. I enjoyed the flexibility of this course." Y.C. (Mar. 2024)

"Steps, cues, fading, and materials were all helpful. I liked the examples and videos." C.N. (Mar. 2024)

"I like the examples of students, and I liked the suggestions of how to implement therapy. I also enjoyed the example videos." J.A. (Mar. 2024)

"Evaluation, cueing techniques, and parent/family training. I enjoyed the video examples." S.K. (Mar. 2024)

"I liked the cueing methods and videos of success!" K.C. (Mar. 2024)

"The use of approximations and fading cues were helpful. I enjoyed the videos of therapy in action." A.L. (Feb. 2024)

"Approximations were beneficial. I liked all of the course! Thanks a lot for sharing your methods." M.T. (Feb. 2024)

"It was beneficial understanding that prompting the approximation is still beneficial to the child. I liked that I could watch the course over, to understand it when mixed with my caseload." K.L. (Feb. 2024)

"Beneficial cues and specific tricks for eliciting different sounds. I liked the video examples and very well-organized slides." H.S. (Feb. 2024)

"This was such a good course as it gave me confidence in continuing to do what I am doing in therapy. I have been an SLP for 18 years, and sometimes we begin to question our methods- as cueing becomes so second nature to us. This course reminded me of the importance of including the parents in the treatment and helping them learn how to cue and what to target. The video examples." A.F. (Jan. 2024)

"It was beneficial to discuss the use of the KSPT Test & K-SLP Methods and Behavioral Strategies. I liked the variety of slides and pre and post-progress videos." H.W. (Jan. 2024)

"How to prompt and cue, and how to fade prompts and cues was beneficial. This course was well organized and had lots of great videos." V.M. (Jan. 2024)

"Working with non-verbal children and children with ASD was beneficial. I liked the examples of techniques in use." B.E. (Dec. 2023)

"It will be beneficial to incorporate the specific cueing hierarchy as taught by Mrs. Kaufman. I enjoyed the therapy videos, which exemplified the methods discussed." D.S. (Dec. 2023)

"The best way to teach approximations towards target words as well as how to use the Kaufman cards was beneficial. Easy to follow course, great examples. I also appreciated the review of "What not to do" at the end of the course." M.L. (Dec. 2023)

"I liked the discussion of the Kaufman cards and how to use them. I thought the course was very engaging." M.B. (Dec. 2023)

"The use of approximations to eventually produce accurate words and phrases was beneficial. I enjoyed the real-life examples via videos." J.J. (Dec. 2023)

"I found this course beneficial because it focused on clinical aspects, not just theory. I liked all the therapy examples provided." C.H. (Dec. 2023)

"I have been using the Kaufman Cards for years, and now I have a better understanding of the elicitation techniques, cues, and fading of prompts. I LOVED all the therapy video demonstrations. This is what is missing in many other professional developments. Mrs. Kaufman tells you what to do and then shows you HOW to do it." D.G. (Dec. 2023)

"Learning to shape already used sounds into simplifications of the word. I liked the amount of videos used in the course so that we can actively see the therapy approaches being used." K.K. (Dec. 2023)

"I liked watching the videos of Nancy using her therapy methods." L.S. (Dec. 2023)

"This was a fantastic course! I liked the presenter." A.S. (Dec. 2023)

"Loved the detailed discussion about cueing and the many resources included in this course. Really appreciated how so many different techniques were discussed and demonstrated. Very practical information!! Well organized. Great resources." D.E. (Nov. 2023)

"Using pivot words and phrases was helpful. I loved watching this therapy in action." L.G. (Nov. 2023)

"I liked seeing actual therapy sessions using the K-SLP method. Discussing simplifying motor plans was beneficial, also scripting carrier phrases to increase utterance length throughout (not waiting for vocabulary to reach a certain threshold)." J.S. (Nov. 2023)

"Superb examples of therapy! Diverse and complete course. Outstanding handout as a supplement." K.F. (Nov. 2023)

"Learning the use and function of the Kaufman Kit was beneficial. I liked the case studies provided and the discussion of diagnosing CAS." R.A. (Nov. 2023)

"Engaging speaker. I liked the various comments made throughout the course." M.N. (Nov. 2023)

"Nancy is a great presenter, and I learned so much from her years of experience. I loved the examples shown of videos of children. Fading cues, putting words together through approximations, and using the Kaufman materials appropriately." L.K. (Oct. 2023)

"The cueing methods were helpful. And use of verbal behavior terminology and techniques of teaching." K.K. (Oct. 2023)

"Target words, shaping techniques, and parent coaching information were all beneficial. I liked the videos of pre/post treatment sessions for various clients." V.G. (Oct. 2023)

"The tips for where to start with a child who is not imitating (or attending to my face in order to imitate) early developing consonant phonemes were beneficial. Nancy, thanks for your humility!!" H.E. (Oct. 2023)

"Nancy is a great presenter and had excellent video examples that helped me relate principles back to my caseload. Instruction on K-SLP assessment, 5-word lists, explanation of various cues to use, rationale and suggestions for moving forward with language therapy while continuing to target motor planning principles were all beneficial topics." J.W. (Sep. 2023)

"Everything was very helpful! Thank you! I liked the different case studies presented and the clear information provided." S.M. (Sep. 2023)

"I liked all of it. Especially liked the demonstrations of cues. Videos were very helpful." P.J. (Sep. 2023)

"The 8 AVB Teaching Strategies for CAS were beneficial. The videos were very helpful in learning how to implement all the techniques." C.C. (Sep. 2023)

"I liked the different types of cues, and the variety of video examples." S.M. (Sep. 2023)

"Specifically, I found the discussion of approximations most beneficial for my daily practice." M.M. (Sep. 2023)

"All of it was excellent. Presenter is terrific. She has been doing this for years and is an expert in this field. She is engaging, specific in recs, and easy to follow." I.U. (Sep. 2023)

"All the videos were a wonderful addition to the course that helped me to see the topics/areas of discussion in practice. I liked the videos and the humor! Would love to see it in person - but for an online course this was quite engaging." M.C. (Aug. 2023)

"I can't isolate any one topic because it was all very useful. The lecture was very clear, and the video examples illustrated concepts very well. I like that the handout could be saved electronically." J.B. (Aug. 2023)

"Word approximations, treatment techniques, parent coaching. Nancy Kaufman was very engaging. Great information and videos." S.L. (Aug. 2023)

"This course was very practical. The starting lists and the overview were helpful." C.S. (Aug. 2023)

"I liked the video examples of therapy techniques." K.P. (Aug. 2023)

"This whole course was helpful, and seeing the videos was especially helpful to reinforce what was being taught in terms of techniques. I liked the presenter!! She is amazing...so much energy and knowledge." R.R. (Aug. 2023)

"Specific cues, target selection, and how to fade cues. I liked the course format." O.R. (Aug. 2023)

"Everything was beneficial. I liked the topic of the principles of behaviorism and how to apply them to my therapy." J.L. (Aug. 2023)

"I liked the overview of each child's performance on the test, and the followup after therapy." S.E. (Aug. 2023)

"I found the step-by-step approach helpful such as combining the consonants and vowels within a child's repertoire, practicing nouns, functional requests, pivot phrases etc. The speaker provided great detail as to where to start with a child and how to progress to successful communication over time. I enjoyed the videos of each child from when they started therapy until present time. It was helpful to see Nancy working with each child and implementing the strategies." D.A. (Jul. 2023)

"The use of the Kaufman method and ways of getting started were beneficial. I liked the therapy videos and seeing the framework of the Kaufman method in action and seeing the progress videos. Very helpful." J.L. (Jul. 2023)

"I found the clinical application and word lists very beneficial. I liked the numerous examples and strategies that I can easily adapt into my sessions." K.C. (Jul. 2023)

"Seeing the use of the Kaufman Cards was helpful for me to learn how to use them more effectively. All of the videos were very relevant and provided good examples of the different techniques within the KSLP method." S.S. (Jul. 2023)

"Detailed process of how to approach therapy. I enjoyed the progress videos." M.B. (Jul. 2023)

"Videos showing various stages of treatment were amazing. So helpful to see implementation in real time!" K.M. (Jun. 2023)

"Learned many ways to implement the KSLP with my current caseload. I liked the video examples of the different kids (and seeing their progress)." L.E. (Jun. 2023)

"I liked all the videos of treatment sessions, especially the videos pertaining to non-verbal children." K.D. (Jun. 2023)

"Practical therapy techniques." B.R. (Jun. 2023)

"I enjoyed learning about the K-SLP kits 1 and 2 as well as other K-SLP materials. I love that I can complete the course at my convenience." S.H. (May 2023)

"Syllable shape progression and different ideas for ways to cue and fade cues were beneficial. Lots of information packed into a succinct package. Videos were helpful to see how techniques are implemented." A.G. (May 2023)

"Learning about this approach! From where to start, how to use materials, reinforcement, fading cues, and coaching parents. I liked the handout and the videos that demonstrate how to use this approach. It was so nice to see before, during and after videos. It helps a clinician realize that the child who struggles greatly can still achieve functional communication and beyond!" H.O. (May 2023)

"Syllable shapes and using approximations were beneficial. I liked the balance between the speech motor practice and the language issues. Moreover, I liked the structured planning of the treatment from the early stages in nonverbal children to the 2-3 word utterances in functional expressive language." G.M. (May 2023)

"All the treatment plans were beneficial. I have a lot of children with apraxic characteristics. I liked the suggested words to target." E.P. (May 2023)

"The teaching strategies were most beneficial for my daily practice. Nancy's skill and expertise in diagnosing and treating students with apraxia of speech was evident throughout this course. She is an amazing presenter and was able to hold my attention throughout the course. She provided relevant and useful information in a clear way and then paired that information with real-life examples, which showed her applying the information during sessions with children. I absolutely loved being able to watch her in action!" E.M. (May 2023)

"How to cue appropriately and learning the mistakes often made during this type of therapy was beneficial. Easy to follow, and I could do it on my own time." L.J. (May 2023)

"Evaluating students with apraxia was beneficial. I liked the video examples and therapy ideas." A.C. (May 2023)

"All of it was beneficial, mainly starting with non-verbal. Presented really well. Videos great in reinforcing what was being taught." C.H. (Apr. 2023)

"The various types of cues were beneficial. I liked the thorough amount of information and the videos of real clients/therapy." R.M. (Apr. 2023)

"I really enjoyed learning how to use the approximations of the words. And I was able to watch course over several weeks on my time line." J.K. (Apr. 2023)

"Many video examples of what to do during therapy as well as explanations on why Nancy did certain things during the sessions." A.S. (Apr. 2023)

"The assessment and treatment strategies to assist children with CAS were beneficial. I liked the videos to support the content." R.J. (Apr. 2023)

"This entire training was beneficial. I can utilize these strategies with students currently on my caseload. The strategies can be taught to parents as well to support carryover. The content was clear and precise. I liked the idea of pivot phrases to increase sentence length." C.H. (Apr. 2023)

"Learning failures to avoid when implementing the K-SLP method was beneficial. I liked the videos showing techniques explained." M.L. (Apr. 2023)

"The therapy videos and types of cues to incorporate/fade were beneficial." A.M. (Mar. 2023)

"The cueing hierarchy was very beneficial and I will make sure to fade cues when possible. I also appreciated how easy Nancy made it to explain what Apraxia is to parents. I loved the real-life videos of therapy sessions. It really helps tie it all together when I can see it done in therapy." A.K. (Mar. 2023)

"I liked that this course covered evaluation and treatment. It was helpful to watch the videos and see the methods and techniques implemented. The speaker was very specific and gave many ideas and recommendations that were helpful." K.K. (Mar. 2023)

"This was all beneficial. And the knowledge is applicable to many different types of students." G.W. (Mar. 2023)

"I liked all the examples on how to implement this approach." A.P. (Mar. 2023)

"The reference to types of cues and datasheet was beneficial. Lots of videos. Clear powerpoint." T.P. (Mar. 2023)

"I loved how she included progress videos of previous students to further provide this method is effective in treating CAS. I liked the discussion regarding having a list of favorites, various types of cues, coaching parents and guiding them how to assist students at home, and the lists of DO's and DONT'S." S.E. (Mar. 2023)

"I found everything tremendously helpful. I liked the discussion regarding simplification and use of phonological processes to gradually improve to accurate productions of words. I really appreciated the use of videos to model each point. It was helpful to see the concepts in action, and the way in which Nancy conducts her therapy sessions." M.B. (Feb. 2023)

"Seeing the actual therapy was beneficial. I liked the discussion of approximations. Often therapists try for full words. I liked the breakdown she explained about each phoneme blending together in a word." L.B. (Feb. 2023)

"The videos and explanations of prompting and fading techniques were very helpful. All of the videos were helpful at illustrating use of the therapy techniques described in the course." D.A. (Feb. 2023)

"Learning implementation of the Kaufman treatment kits. I liked the thorough way Nancy explained and provided examples of treatment." J.S. (Feb. 2023)

"Liked session on working with nonverbal kids. Lots of examples with children." M.H. (Feb. 2023)

"I liked that I could view and review at my own pace." C.M. (Feb. 2023)

"Learning how to use the approximations to shape the target words. I liked that we could take course on our own time. It did not have to be completed in one sitting." J.C. (Feb. 2023)

"Creating a plan for children with apraxia, depending on their case. I liked seeing the therapy progress in the videos." K.G. (Jan. 2023)

"I love Nancy Kaufman's speaking style and I use her method combined with others all the time." A.W. (Jan. 2023)

"I appreciated the review of the various cues and also the hierarchy of support regarding word simplifications. The video examples were helpful." A.R. (Jan. 2023)

"Learning cues and getting words to best approximation was beneficial. Engaging and great video examples to pair with her teaching." R.Y. (Jan. 2023)

"Understanding the sound hierarchy for learning was beneficial. And connecting expressive language goals with articulation." J.G. (Jan. 2023)

"I liked how she worked to incorporate the Kaufman Cards into play therapy, and also using the pivot words and phrases. And that course was broken up in sections, so you could watch a segment and easily start back up the next day. I also enjoyed the videos of "real time" practice. It was so helpful to observe and take notes on strategies of what worked and didn't work." M.M. (Jan. 2023)

"Discussion and examples of how to identify/improve word approximations was beneficial. I liked Nancy's humor, her plethora of videos from years of experience, and identification/acknowledgement of errors she made along the way!" J.F. (Dec. 2022)

"Everything! I'm a fairly new therapist and have a few kiddos on my caseload who I suspect have CAS, so this is helpful. I LOVE all the video examples. It's easiest to learn this way (what to do, what not to do, cues, etc.)." B.G. (Dec. 2022)

"The different types of cues and prompting were great. The examples of approximations were helpful and I liked the way it gradually increased in difficulty." A.H. (Dec. 2022)

"Specific modeling and fading of techniques and the reminder to make it fun! I love Nancy's energy. She is so knowledgeable and makes learning her techniques interesting and fun!" K.K. (Dec. 2022)

"I found it very beneficial to know that approximations are helpful in advancing the motor plan in CAS. I liked the video examples." A.G. (Dec. 2022)

"Very informative speaker with information that I can implement immediately in my sessions." A.E. (Dec. 2022)

"I liked being able to watch initially with a colleague, review it again, and have the handouts! This course is amazing!!" K.K. (Nov. 2022)

"I enjoyed the videos. Seeing the techniques actually being applied rather than just discussed was very helpful." M.F. (Nov. 2022)

"I have the Kaufman Kits, Sign to Language kits, and the book and now I know how to use them better in therapy. I did have some misunderstandings and this course cleared them up for me. I will use the kits with more kids even those with less severe deficits as I see how they can be beneficial. I will use pivot words/phrases more often." M.S. (Nov. 2022)

"It was interesting to get some therapy approaches." E.B. (Nov. 2022)

"I really appreciated Nancy going through so many different ways to cue as a refresher for me to start implementing different types of cueing that best fit the child's needs. Course was easy to follow, interesting, and the video examples were very helpful." E.R. (Nov. 2022)

"This course was easy to follow and informative. It helped me understand more of the K-SLP approach which is useful to my daily practice as well as in educating parents in the approach and methods." M.E. (Nov. 2022)

"Practical application and examples of the usage of Kaufman cards. The presenter was very clear and practical." A.P. (Nov. 2022)

"I feel like I benefited from hearing another SLP reinforce many techniques I try to use in my daily practice. It was also good to have reminders of the process at which to go about increasing expressive language while addressing severe speech sound errors at the same time (ex. pivot phrases, increased structured approximations, etc.). I really liked having video examples embedded in the content of the course." B.R. (Nov. 2022)

"I think that this was useful in looking at differential diagnosis and for also looking at some of the errors made on an evaluation as a starting point for therapy." E.H. (Nov. 2022)

"Very clear course and showed videos to illustrate." E.W. (Nov. 2022)

"Nancy's presentation was fun and informative!" P.M. (Nov. 2022)

"I feel Nancy's course is extremely comprehensive.  I love how she coordinated phonological process information with word approximation ideas. Nancy did a wonderful job of coming back to concepts in somewhat different ways without being redundant. I liked the modules, so I could take them at my own pace. I also enjoyed how Nancy brought her information together near the end of the course and how closely she has worked with ABA programs, an excellent way of getting systematic practice and speech progress." D.B. (Nov. 2022)

"I like that I was able to complete it at my convenience." M.B. (Nov. 2022)

"I work with children who have CAS and also who would benefit from this method. I like that it was divided into sections and lots of real-life examples." K.D. (Nov. 2022)

"I like the specific treatment techniques presented." H.M. (Nov. 2022)

"All beneficial areas for apraxia of speech. I will save and review all information and use it consistently. The content and the speaker were good." S.F. (Nov. 2022)

"I liked the specific examples of therapy interventions and how to use the KSLP materials. Nancy Kaufman is an excellent, engaging speaker." S.Y. (Oct. 2022)

"Practical implementation techniques. I liked the cueing system and hierarchy." J.K. (Oct. 2022)

"The entire discussion was beneficial to my practice. I loved the application videos. And seeing how much progress the children made." K.S. (Oct. 2022)

"The video examples to see exactly how to use strategies in therapy were good."  W.T. (Oct. 2022)

"The real-life therapy examples were very helpful." A.W. (Oct. 2022)

"Everything about this course helps with knowing how to both assess and also treat CAS for my current caseload. The visual supports, videos and explanations were great." K.W. (Oct. 2022)

"I appreciate how specific and in-depth the course went in regards to choosing therapy targets, providing and fading prompts, and working towards early word combinations. Nancy is a great presenter." A.H. (Oct. 2022)

"The examples of evaluation and the speaker's explanation of what she was using and what she could have done differently were good." S.F. (Oct. 2022)

"I liked being able to stop and re-start when it fit my schedule. And learning to use pivot phrases to build sentence length without increasing cognitive load." A.G. (Oct. 2022)

"Learning how to simplify words and the reason for doing so. I liked the videos and all of the examples." S.A. (Sept. 2022)

"I enjoyed learning more about Apraxia treatment and assessments. This will be beneficial when working with the preschool population to help determine apraxia versus articulation. I liked the depth and detail of the Kaufman K-SLP methods and strategies." A.O. (Sept. 2022)

"There is extensive instruction on cues and hierarchy of therapy techniques taught to address apraxia. The videos were helpful in illustrating points."  E.H. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked the discussion about different cueing strategies." K.F. (Sept. 2022)

"Learning how to specifically implement strategies and the videos presented were good." C.M. (Sept. 2022)

"Excellent examples. Very clinically based. Loved all the videos."  R.W. (Aug. 2022)

"I enjoyed the video models provided to talk about cueing and the before and after videos."  K.W. (Aug. 2022)

"I'm already using the praxis cards, so it's nice to know more about the program."  M.B. (Aug. 2022)

"I found all of the topics beneficial.  I liked the video presentations."  J.A. (Aug. 2022)

"I liked that the speaker focused on clinical practice after going through the foundational concepts."  A.L. (Aug. 2022)

"Great presentation. Loved having videos that demonstrated Kaufman's points."  R.D. (Aug. 2022)

"I really liked how she taught how to use shaping and telegraphic speech to meet goals. Common mistakes in implementation was also helpful. I like how she talked about how to implement methods with children with Autism.  I like the examples, videos and seeing the progress of clients after seeing Nancy."  E.S. (July 2022)

"Specifically, the information regarding the types of cueing and how to fade them out was very interesting and beneficial. I am excited to try them out in my own therapy.  The information was presented clearly, and the video examples that were included throughout the presentation were very beneficial."  A.A. (July 2022)

"LOVED the videos!! I also enjoyed Ms. Kaufman's lectures, as she is dynamic and an excellent presenter."  E.F. (July 2022)

"It was a comprehensive course highlighting important aspects of speech motor therapy that made me more confident treating this population."  O.C. (July 2022)

"The cueing, how to do it, and the videos were extremely helpful. I like that I could work at my own pace and start and stop the video as needed. I also liked the preview test." K.T. (June 2022)

"Using the cues for therapy and all the examples were extremely helpful. I was able to take the information learned and put it into practice the same day!" E.H. (June 2022)

"I enjoyed watching the progress of the students' speech with play practice on her videos. This will benefit carryover of the strategies. I liked having practice videos to watch the strategies in action." S.E. (June 2022)

"I liked that the course was self-paced, and focused on things I can use in treatment (vs. basic knowledge of diagnosis)." J.R. (June 2022)

"The course is very easy to navigate." T.R. (June 2022)

"I liked that the course discussed a variety of cues and targets (from word approximations to combining words). I also liked the resources shared regarding our clients/students who are not talkers yet. I like that it is self-paced and I can rewind if I didn't understand a concept immediately." C.T. (June 2022)

"It was a great course start to finish resource. Nancy built upon my knowledge of phonological processes to explain the how of apraxia therapy." S.E. (June 2022)

"I like all the examples and easy to understand videos and tutorials." C.H. (June 2022)

"The entire course was highly applicable and informative. I enjoyed the real life examples and video clips of evaluation/treatment sessions." S.L. (June 2022)

"I enjoyed the video examples."  M.G. (May 2022)

"I liked the parent training & coaching, the word shells, and moving up the hierarchy. And the ability to revisit material several times or watch at learner's own pace." L.E. (May 2022)

"I loved the real life video examples! And learning how to use the Kaufman Cards during a therapy session." J.L. (May 2022)

"I enjoyed the videos of actual case studies to see how to apply what was taught in actual sessions." A.D. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked the specific examples throughout the course showing therapy in session – the therapy videos with all the children were great." A.D. (Apr. 2022)

"I enjoyed the videos of therapy with kids." E.L. (Apr. 2022)

"The topics discussed in this course are strategies that I can use immediately. The course was easy to navigate." M.K. (Apr. 2022)

"The course was very easy to understand. It was nice that it was broken up into modules." J.W. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked the tips for cueing and all videos providing examples of treatment." L.T. (Apr. 2022)

"I appreciated the pace of her lecture and the real videos. It helped seeing the application from start to finish." C.F. (Apr. 2022)

"Not only using core words as first words but teaching other words such as names and highly preferred items. The teaching videos were very helpful for aiding in my understanding of what was being taught as well as to see the progress of children using the K-SLP method." J.V. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked all of the examples she showed of kids she has worked with. And learning how to use the therapy cards." T.H. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked the principles of motor learning and DTTC hierarchy, and the real-life examples." C.W. (Mar. 2022)

"Very useful course and easy to understand. I liked the information on cueing, implementing and fading cues." S.P. (Mar. 2022)

"The entire presentation was relevant to my current daily practice. The videos were so helpful to see how to implement." C.D. (Feb. 2022)

"It is very organized and presented in an easy to understand format. The videos were wonderful for showing examples of techniques." A.L. (Feb. 2022)

"I found the therapy suggestions very helpful. The videos were awesome! It was nice to see Ms. Kaufman in action." L.A. (Feb. 2022)

"Every aspect discussed will be helpful. From choosing motivating activities and reinforcers, to evaluating sounds and syllable shapes a client can produce, and working on increasing ability to produce more sounds and syllable shapes. Great info on shaping production of sounds/words, providing cueing, fading cues, shaping more grammatically accurate phrases, etc. The presenter and material were so relevant. Very well presented - great video examples, great handouts." D.F. (Jan. 2022)

"The description of how to simplify the motor plan of words was beneficial for my daily practice." J.W. (Jan. 2022)

"I love the online video format so I could repeat sections to fully understand material and strategies." D.F. (Jan. 2022)

"Nancy was thoroughly organized and very detailed in the demonstration of the K-SLP method. The variety of client videos helped immensely." J.S. (Jan. 2022)

"I enjoyed the demonstrations via videos, and I especially enjoyed how Nancy worked with the children and their families to help improve the children's apraxia of speech. I thought it was wonderful how she showed video of children when they began therapy, and she included videos of the children as they progressed over a period of time. It was awesome to see some of the children when they were adults on their way to college." A.M. (Jan. 2022)

"The course moved at a good pace and included much pertinent information to my practice." E.T. (Dec. 2021)

"I enjoyed the entire course! The examples/videos are so great to reinforce concepts." A.S. (Dec. 2021)

"Videos of actual patients were very interesting."  J.B. (Dec. 2021)

"The concept of developing single word lists beyond the therapy cards, then teaching those words across all operant as well as the use of pivot words and phrases to practice the child's words/approximations will benefit my daily practice.  I enjoy the presenter's methods of presentation, down to earth style of sharing her knowledge and the real videos. I loved that the full course was specific to what to do with students/clients in the therapy setting...hands on techniques."  K.K. (Nov. 2021)

"The entire course content is applicable to my daily practice.  Nancy presents all information on the topic in an easy to understand and functional manner."  C.L. (Nov. 2021)

"Reinforced what I use in therapy currently and learned new information regarding :-how to model modified word approximations-consider elements of coarticulation, -keeping vowel with the consonant at the beginning of words-also a reminder don't use the schwa for isolated consonant sounds."  H.K. (Nov. 2021)

"The concept of using phonological processes to scaffold up was mind blowing, makes so much sense, yet it's counter intuitive to someone who's been working to *remediate* those processes!  I loved the very clear videos showing each concept."  M.F. (Nov. 2021)

"All of this was very helpful. I work mostly with 2-3 year olds and all of this information is relevant in some form or another. I also started seeing a kiddo with suspected CAS and have learned a lot on how to improve my therapy sessions with him and get more vocalizations from him by watching this." S.S. (Nov. 2021)

"Nancy is passionate and clearly an expert in her field. I liked the videos that showed the process, from the first day, and at a later age." J.D. (Oct. 2021)

"Ms. Kaufman is a wonderful presenter as I have taken her courses pre-pandemic on several occasions. She is a gifted teacher of both children and adults she works with. Her videos were wonderful."  L. (Oct. 2021)

"It was all beneficial. Especially seeing the videos which showed the implementation of the program."  D.R. (Oct. 2021)

"The evaluation process and videos of eval and treatment/progress was beneficial for my daily practice.  Presenter was wonderful, great examples."  J.B. (Oct. 2021)

"I liked the goal ideas and specific treatment strategies for colleagues."  M.S. (Oct. 2021)

"I loved the videos! I am new to being an SLP and will likely use ALL of the info. I have several kids with a diagnosis of CAS and a few that I suspect have CAS and they are all at different skill levels. I loved the flexibility of watching at home or work at my own pace."  K.F. (Oct. 2021)

"The correct use of the Kaufman cards the rapid imitation method importance of using pivot phrases importance of teaching nouns importance of using every opportunity to teach language importance of teaching expressive language not just articulation from the start. Nancy is passionate and clearly an expert in her field.  Nancy's enthusiasm videos that showed the process, from the first day, and at a later age." J.D. (Oct. 2021)

"I like that it related to many different types of children." L.H. (Oct. 2021)

"The therapy videos were very helpful throughout.  The videos put the information into practice which was very helpful to see." L.J. (Sept. 2021)

"I liked all of the course - very few clinicians show you what they did incorrect so that others can learn from them. Also the examples of how to do therapy implementation and how to coach the parents." S.P. (Sept. 2021)

"Making imitations using common phonological processes practical uses for KSTL cards was beneficial. Nancy did a wonderful job presenting and providing real examples." R.C. (Sept. 2021)

"Nancy's practical and hands-on tools and therapeutic intervention methods presented along with the great videos were helpful.  All topics discussed were excellent!!!!!" D.D. (Sept. 2021)

"The word approximation models were helpful. I also liked all of the different cues. Nancy was knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining." A.L. (Sept. 2021)

"The section on combining words (how to use pivot words, scripting functional language, etc.) was a great reminder for me! I feel pretty successful using KSLP up to a certain point and then it is easy to get stuck.  Nancy is fun to watch and I appreciate all the video examples she provided." K.P. (Aug. 2021)

"The steps of KSLP were helpful for my daily practice.  I liked all the video examples." A.T. (Aug. 2021)

"The descriptions of ways to use the KSLP cards in sessions will help my daily practice. I loved getting to hear from Nancy, the expert!" H.D. (Aug. 2021)

"Teaching phonological processes as an appropriate way to simplify words will help my daily practice." M.Y. (Aug. 2021)

"Implementing and fading cues and use of reinforcements will help my daily practice.  I loved the videos of treatment being carried out." E.P. (Aug. 2021)

"I enjoyed it all. I think my favorite however was getting to learn about and watch coaching of families with the K-SLP method. I also liked getting to see the progress that was made among the kiddos who participated in the K-SLP method.  I also like that she included a list of her go-to materials that would be helpful to have as a new therapist working with CAS." V.V. (July 2021)

"The actual treatment approaches will be beneficial! I love classes that teach real work, not just theory.  Nancy is an amazing presenter and the content is so accessible!" C.F. (July 2021)

Course Objectives

  1. To understand and analyze a norm-referenced, standardized test which relates directly to this approach in order to identify this unique population of children.
  2. To use evaluation information to establish goals for single words and phrases.
  3. To implement a specific treatment approach using phonological processes to simplify the motor plans for CAS.
  4. To provide five lists of single words to target in therapy.
  5. To list principles of motor learning for the acquisition vs. the retention stages of learning.
  6. To explain the importance of mixing and varying tasks/blocked vs. random practice.

Presenter & Disclosures

Since 1979, Nancy Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP, has dedicated herself to establishing the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), a treatment approach to help children become effective vocal communicators. The K-SLP has evolved over the years to include the most current research in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), motor learning, and applied behavior analysis (ABA), and its methods and materials are used by speech-language pathologists worldwide. In addition, many ABA specialists have adopted the K-SLP for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Nancy lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on the subject of CAS and other speech sound disorders in children. Families from around the country and the world travel to the Kaufman Children's Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Autism Treatment, Inc (KCC) in West Bloomfield, Michigan to participate in intensive, specialized therapy programs. The KCC continues to grow, offering renowned speech, language, occupational therapy, sensory integration, and applied behavior analysis (ABA) center and home-based autism programs.

Nancy served as a member of the Professional Advisory Council for Apraxia Kids for 10 years. Currently, she serves on the board of visitors of Wayne State University's Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development and is the speech-language pathologist consultant for the Parish School and Carruth Center in Houston, Texas, and Suburban Speech Center in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Nancy has been honored by both of her alma maters: she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wayne State University in 2015 and the Outstanding Alumni Award from Michigan State University in 2010. She was awarded the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and the West Bloomfield Township Chamber of Commerce Community Excellence Business Person of the Year Award in 2015. She was also recognized by the Lawrence Technological University Leaders & Innovators program. The KCC has received MSHA's Clinical Service Award and Corp! Magazine's Best of Michigan Business Award. Nancy has three grown children and resides with her husband in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Nancy Kaufman is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Nancy Kaufman is the Owner and Director of Kaufman Children's Center; ownership interests.

Financial — Nancy Kaufman is author/creator of treatment materials published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Nancy Kaufman has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

Intended Audience / Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • Speech-Language Pathologists

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member.
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder.
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology.
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology.
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology.
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC.
  • Currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program in SLP or audiology.

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Florida: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.
  • New Jersey: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the New Jersey Department of Education. Provider #1654.

Frequently Asked Questions

Customer Support: Please phone 888.337.3866 or email info@northernspeech.com.

Course Completion Timeframe:

You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.

However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.

Content Access:

Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

Certificate of Completion:

On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.

ASHA CE Registry Submission:

During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

Purchase Orders:

Purchase orders are currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at info@northernspeech.com or fax to 888-696-9655.

What is an Online Course?

Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.

Receiving CEUs:

Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.

Registering for an online course:

You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.

Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:

You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.

Testing requirements:

Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.

Number of CEUs offered:

We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.

State licensing boards and online CEUs:

NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.

Course formats:

Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.

Course handouts:

Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file. 

Group discounts:

Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.

Computer requirements:

For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.

Course Cancellation Policy:

A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded. 

Special Needs:

Please click here for any special needs requests, and we will do our best to accommodate them. 

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