Kaufman Mutt Family Total Language Builder - 2nd Edition




Build receptive and expressive language skills!

The Kaufman Mutt Family Total Language Builder is a uniquely designed, hands-on puzzle that has been updated to be more affordable and lightweight (formerly magnetic) making it fit your budget and easier to transport. This playful therapy tool contains hundreds of opportunities for motor-speech and receptive & expressive language practice, plus early literacy activities. It is designed to hold attention, and the large format of this interactive puzzle allows children to manipulate the character and object pieces as they learn to formulate 2 and 3 word combinations while controlling for speech motor difficulty.

The target words included are the earliest and easiest phonemes/syllable shapes that are great for building receptive and expressive language skills. This was created for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) but it can be used with any children who struggle to speak. Plus, you have the flexibility to vary tasks and increase the level of difficulty as the child's language skills improve.

Depending on your students' capabilities, there are many ways to use this therapy tool. View Full Puzzle >

  • Motor-Speech Practice
    • The Mutt Family puppies and friends were named with repetitive syllables with vowel change words (Bobby, Nonny, Poppy, etc), simple bisyllabics (Heidi, Paddy, Mona, Toby, etc), and some with simple consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words.
    • The featured verbs contain the earliest and easiest phonemes to produce /m,p,b,t,d,n,h/ giving children more opportunities for successful motor-speech coordination.
  • Expressive Language Practice
    • Teach two- and three-word formulations while slowly adding in the expressive language elements of syntax and morphology.
    • Increase the level of complexity as the child's language skills improve by starting with a single scene piece and moving up to the full 18-piece puzzle. Include the object pieces for even more complexity.
    • Work through 12 levels of continuous practice by:
      • Level 1 – Labeling the Mutt Family puppies.
      • Level 2 – Labeling the Mutt Family puppies with the verb in a phrase.
      • Level 3 – Labeling the Mutt Family puppies in a noun-verb-object format.
      • Level 4 – Labeling the actions in a present progressive format.
      • Level 5 – Labeling the actions with a thrid-person singular verb.
      • Level 6 – Labeling the actions with the past-tense auxiliary verb.
      • Level 7 – Labeling the actions adding the article plus object.
      • Level 8 – Labeling the actions using a pronoun in place of the Mutt name.
      • Level 9 – Labeling the actions adding a possessive pronoun.
      • Level 10 – Labeling the actions using pronouns and possessive pronoun agreement.
      • Level 11 – Telling a story.
      • Level 12 – Telling a story adding pronouns, possessive pronouns and the object.
  • Receptive Language Practice
    • Work on auditory recognition, processing, comprehension, retention, and integration skills with the Mutt Family puppies, object pieces, and puzzle scenes.
  • Early Literacy Practice
    • Using the included cue cards featuring simple directions, transition children from visual matching to recognizing and reading words.
    • Speech, language, and literacy practice can be fun with the Kaufman Mutt Family Total Language Builder!

What's next?

Kaufman What's In Your Doghouse?: The therapy game you've been waiting for is here! This engaging, hands-on, structured therapy tool will help children with CAS or developmental delays bridge motor speech to expressive language skills without taxing the speech motor planning system.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts not for children under 3 years old. Made in the USA.

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What's Included

  • 18 different scenes that connect into a 21" x 30" puzzle
  • 35 pieces featuring the Mutt Family characters and their friends
  • 27 object pieces
  • 45 prompt cards
  • Instructional manual

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts not for children under 3 years old. Made in the USA.

Target Audience

Ages 3 to 10 years.


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 a presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees.

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

Financial — Nancy Kaufman is the Owner and Director of Kaufman Children's Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Social Connections, Inc; ownership interests.

Financial — Nancy Kaufman is the author of treatment materials published by Northern Speech Services; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Nancy Kaufman is the author of treatment materials that are self-published; Northern Speech purchases and distributes these products.

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

Customer Reviews

"My favorite apraxia program is Kaufman and that it has the Mutt Family Workbook & Puzzle for further practice." Vanessa A.S., SLP (Aug. 2017)

"Kaufman is my staple. Having a variety of programs and skills in which to pull provides the best results for my students. The Kaufman program has a great range of materials besides the cards that can keep the child interested. I use the Workout Book and recently acquired the Mutt Family Puzzle. My students never lose interest, especially if I mix it up with mini breaks or rotate. Still the same target, but in a variety of structured activities." – Laura L., SLP (Apr. 2016)

"This resource is also a great tool to work on receptive language, following directions, auditory recognition, comprehension, retention and integration skills." — SLP

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