Kaufman (K-SLP) Treatment Kit 1 – Basic Level




Develop vocal skills for children who struggle to speak.

Kaufman Kit 1 teaches children to combine consonants and vowels to form words while controlling for speech motor coordination difficulty. The 225 visual referent cards were selected specifically to teach the syllable shapes that are the building blocks of speech that children need to master to become effective vocal/verbal communicators. This treatment method employs a systematic and progressive approach of simplifying word pronunciation patterns based on natural phonological processes to shape and expand verbal expression and make communication easier for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and other speech sound disorders. Ages 2-8 years. Made in the USA.

This highly effective approach builds intelligibility through a hierarchy of successive "word shell" approximations. Each card breaks down the target word into a series of approximations based on the least physiological effort of that target word. The clinician is able to introduce more complex phoneme patterns as the child's ability improves, thus maintaining the child's ability to speak at his or her maximum level. These "word shells" provide a verbal avenue by which children communicate at their own skill level and with success!

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Kaufman Kit 1 Includes:

  • Targets sounds /b, d, h, m, n, p, t, w/.
  • The syllable shapes children need to master to become effective vocal/verbal communicators.
  • Unique pivot syllables such as "ny" or "dle/do" which are not included in other apraxia treatment materials.
  • Comprehensive Manual (52 pages) overviewing the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP) approach and how these methods can help children progress quickly from a simple core vocabulary toward becoming effective, functional, intelligible communicators.
  • Features the engaging Mutt Family characters whose names were strategically selected to be repetitive syllables with vowel change words, simple bisyllabics, and simple consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words to practice speech motor coordination.

Kaufman Kit 1 Target Word List:

  • Synthesis of /b, d, h, m, n, p, t, w/
  • CVCV Simple Repetitive Syllables
  • VC Initial Consonant Deletion
  • CV Consonant-Vowel
  • VCV Vowel-Consonant-Vowel
  • CV1CV2 Repetitive Syllables with Vowel Change
  • C1V1C2V2 Simple Bisyllabics
  • CVC Assimilation
  • CVC Bilabial Assimilation
  • CVC Tip-Alveolar Assimilation
  • CVCVCV Simple Polysyllabics
  • C1V1C2V2 Plus CVC

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How much time is required?

About 15 minutes to complete a session.

What's next?

Kaufman Treatment Kit 2 - Advanced Level: Once a child has mastered the sounds in Kit 1, Treatment Kit 2 helps to refine intelligibility by addressing more complicated speech motor movements and synthesis into initial and final word positions. Treatment Kit 2 sequences with /k, g, f, s, sh/ and blends /s, r, l/.

Kaufman Workout Book - 2nd Edition: Developed as a follow up to Kaufman Kit 1, use the Workout Book’s engaging speech motor coordination activities to quickly expand single words into functional phrases and sentences without taxing the motor system.

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What's Included

  • 225 durable and engaging picture cards targeting the sounds: /m, t, b, d, h, n, w, p/.
  • Cards are 5"x7" with bright color illustrations on the front and phonemic approximations "word shells" on the reverse side.
  • Color coded cards & dividers designed for easy organization.
  • Durable carrying case with handle for easy transport.
  • Instructional manual including:
    • Complete Evaluation Hierarchy
    • Complete Treatment Hierarchy
    • Cueing Techniques
    • IEP Goal-Writing Examples
    • General Treatment Considerations

Target Audience

For SLPs working with children who are having difficulty with the production, synthesis, and/or sequencing of words with /p, b, m, t, d, n, h/. The visual referents are most appropriate for children ages 2-8.


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

Click here to read an in-depth Kaufman Kit 1 blog review — Tori (Jake's Journey with Apraxia) (Jan. 2015)

"I LOVE these materials! I use them all the time!!" – Margaret S., SLP (May 2019)

"I use my Kaufman Kit every day." – Karla S., SLP (May 2019)

"The best Apraxia resource - hands down!" – Christine Z.M., SLP (May 2019)

"I use Kaufman cards weekly in my practice." – Pamela L., SLP (May 2019)

"One of my fave therapy tools!" – Rina K.S., SLP (May 2019)

"I use my Kaufman cards every day!" – Katie E., SLP (May 2019)

"The Kaufman cards are a great resource." – Speech-Language Pathologist (Dec. 2018)

"I like the Kaufman cards." – Speech-Language Pathologist (Aug. 2018)

"The Kaufman kits are great. I also love the Kaufman Speech to Language book." – Speech-Language Pathologist (Aug. 2018)

"I use the Kaufman cards and language approach to open syllables. It breaks down words nicely." – Speech-Language Pathologist (Sept. 2017)

"I definitely recommend the Kaufman Treatment Kits for preschoolers for sure." – Speech-Language Pathologist (June 2015)

"I have the Basic & Advanced Kits, and they are both great. I use the Basic one the most as I work with primarily the Pre-K population." – Speech-Language Pathologist (June 2015)

"I have been using the Kaufman program for maybe 17 or so years. It's worth every dollar I spent on training and materials." – Speech-Language Pathologist (Aug. 2014)

"I love Kit 1 - and have used it several times over the years with toddlers and preschoolers. I find it gives them so much success and confidence - and the parents just love it! It really 'unlocks' something that leads to a growth in vocabulary and communication skills!" Speech-Language Pathologist

"My son is still on Kit 1, but he has made HUGE gains with the K-SLP methods. We purchased Kit 1 and Kit 2 for home use. He has gone from 35% accuracy to 100% on VCV (vowel-consonant-vowel) in a very short time!" — Parent

"I work with children with Autism and they enjoy working with Kit 1. I have seen huge improvements in overall communication and intelligibility...just seeing their ability to communicate more effectively has been wonderful!" — Speech-Language Pathologist

"My son is still using Kit 1 with his SLP, and we also have a set at home to practice with. It has been such a great tool for him! He started therapy off at 2 & 1/2 years old and was essentially nonverbal. Now, he's three and has been making slow, but steady progress! He loves the cards!" — Parent

"I have Kits 1 & 2 along with the Workout Book. I had a little guy who was starting with Kit 1 in August and we are into Kit 2 now. He loves the cards and the "puppy book", especially Moppy! He loves making up his own phrases with the cards. One of his sisters saw me at the store and she came up and hugged me and said 'Thank you for teaching my brother to talk! We can understand him now!'" — Speech-Language Pathologist

"I work in the schools and my biggest success was the parents giving me the best compliments as they couldn't believe the success received with increased intelligibility...using these Kits! I can't thank you enough!" — Speech-Language Pathologist

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