EET: Expanding Expression Tool Kit—2nd Edition




Frustrated with receiving one-word answers when asking students to describe objects, items, events or vocabulary? Then the Expanding Expression Tool is a must have!

This visual and tactile program keeps students on topic, expands word choice, reduces the need for prompting, and improves organization and comprehension. Its hierarchical approach will quickly take a student's expression from single words to descriptive paragraphs to full reports!

This simple, yet brilliant multisensory program will dramatically boost the following language skills:

  • Oral Expression
  • Written Expression
  • Vocabulary Comprehension
  • Defining and Describing
  • Making Associations
  • Stating Functions of Objects
  • Categorization
  • Similarities and Differences

The Expanding Expression Tool is a color-coded system of symbols. Students learn the code and from this code are able to provide detailed descriptions based on the following elements:

  • Category the item belongs to
  • Function of the item
  • Appearance
  • What the item is made of
  • Parts of the item
  • Location

As a mnemonic device, it provides visual and tactile information to help expand word choice, keep students on topic, reduce the need for prompting, and improve organization and comprehension. Students quickly learn each symbol and consistently describe and define objects and items providing 6-7 details in an organized manner. This program has been classroom tested in both regular and special education classes. It supports Language Arts curriculum and is also designed for RTI, Inclusion, Content Based Instruction and more. Student ages: preschool through high school.

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What's Included

Contained in the polyurethane briefcase for storage and transport:

  • Expanding Expression Tool — mnemonic device
  • Manual with parent program, writing prompts, and organizers
  • Object cards for describing
  • Stickers for writing
  • Classroom poster
  • Dice game
  • Instructional icons
  • Prompt cards for writing with prior knowledge and biographies/autobiographies

Target Audience

Ages 5 and up (preschool through high school students).


Sara L. Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, is the founder of the Expanding Expression™ Company and creator of the Expanding Expression Tool™ (EET). She began her career in the public school setting where she focused on developing and teaching language strategies to facilitate academic success. Her interest and continued study of language processing and multi-sensory approaches to learning have led to the development of the Expanding Expression™ Program for improved oral and written language.

The EET Program draws on the latest research and provides a multi-sensory approach to facilitate students' classroom success. As a presenter at the school district, state and national levels, Sara provides educators with insight into learning and demonstrates strategies to use with all children. Her publications include the Expanding Expression Tool™, the Expanding ExpressionExtension Manual, and E.E.T.C.H.Y. Sara resides in Bay City, Michigan with her husband and two children.

Customer Reviews

"I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been using my kit and am loving it!! You have created a terrific product!!" J. Neal, MS, CCC-SLP

"The EET is a simple yet brilliant tool for children. The genius is in its simplicity, the brilliance is in the research. This attractive, durable creation is exactly what all children need to maximize their literacy potential. The manual is easy to read, easy to follow, and generic enough for all subject use. The Expanding Expression Tool must be part of every classroom." K. Prime, Ed.D, Principal, Washington Elementary School

"As a literacy coach, it is my job to provide professional development to teachers. One of the biggest challenges I face is finding ways to provide teachers with techniques that motivate students to write and write well. The EET does just that. In one first time 45 minute lesson in a fourth grade classroom, the students’ writing went from ones to threes and fours using the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) rubric to assess. It not only increased and improved word choice, it also kept every student on topic. It is a phenomenal tool with remarkable results! I am in the process of introducing the EET to every teacher I work with. The multi-sensory approach reaches even the most difficult to work with students. The EET is a must have for every teacher at every grade level." L. France, Literacy Coach


"It helps you to organize your mind!"

"It makes us better writers."

"It gives us ideas for stories so that we could become an author some day."

"It helps me to write good stories that people can understand."

"If you get stuck when you’re writing, you could use the balls to help you know what to write next."

"It helps us to write stories and it makes us write good stories so we could publish them."

"I used the EET for an earth, moon, and sun project. I was shocked at the details my students came up with, especially compared to last year. I can see that the EET is going to be very beneficial, especially when it comes time for the district and state tests. I have to tell other fourth grade teachers about it too." S. Estep, Classroom Teacher

"I received my kit yesterday and had fun “playing” with it last night with my 10 year old son. He didn’t want to stop! I can hardly wait to use it with my students." Parent and Speech-Language Pathologist

"We are truly enjoying the EET and it is making a world of difference with the students. Keep up the great work and what a great contribution for kids." C. Boehmer, Speech-Language Pathologist

"Even my niece, who is dyslexic and HATES reading and writing, loved using the tool and wanted to do more and more…I heard a big difference!" Teacher Consultant

"You’ve made such a huge impact on so many children…thank you for your creativity and sharing of your idea!" Speech-Language Pathologist

"I was very impressed with your EET system and the girls did well with it. We are continuing at home and there is no struggle with getting them to work on “speech” with the EET guide….Our parents are always looking for ways to work with their kids, and because this is so simple to implement I think they could be successful at home." L. Talbot, Parent and President, Families Exploring Down Syndrome

"I have been implementing Sara Smith’s Expanding Expression Tool in my second grade classroom since it was developed and find it beneficial and welcoming to all styles of learners. Students are fascinated and enlightened when they discover the ease in organizing their thoughts with the use of the EET tool when writing. Since using the EET kit I have witnessed great progress in students’ abilities in oral expression, written expression, categorization and organizational skills. MLPP writing scores also have taken great leaps. I could not teach effectively without it." J. Sheeran, Second Grade Teacher

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