This hands-on, playful therapy tool will help children practice speech motor coordination and move into expressive and receptive language skills while controlling for speech motor difficulty.
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. The target words included are the earliest and easiest phonemes/syllable shapes and are great for building receptive and expressive language skills.
Ages 3-10 years. Made in USA.
Cue cards direct the Mutt Family Characters into action! Students practice following directions as well as labeling the characters and object manipulatives. “Find Buddy and have him paint.”
Each puzzle piece targets a simple verb, i.e., “Pin”. Students place the character and object pieces onto the corresponding puzzle piece as they learn to formulate 2 and 3 word combinations. “Moppy Pin.” “Moppy Pin Tail.”
Includes familiar simple bisyllabic words from Kaufman Kit 1 for continued speech motor practice. The target verbs on the puzzle contain the earliest and easiest phonemes to produce /m, p, b, t, d, n, h/.
Control the level of difficulty by starting with a single puzzle piece (one verb). As the child’s language skills improve, additional puzzle pieces can be introduced giving the SLP flexibility to vary tasks and increase level of difficulty. The full puzzle features 18 scene pieces that interconnect into a 21” x 30” completed puzzle.
Teach expressive and receptive language skills for children ages 3-10 years who have apraxia of speech, developmental delays or struggle to speak.
Speech Motor Coordination Practice. Includes familiar simple bisyllabic words from Kaufman Kit 1 for continued speech motor practice. The target verbs on the puzzle contain the earliest and easiest phonemes to produce /m, p, b, t, d, n, h/.
Expressive Language Practice. Uses simple bisyllabic words as subjects to teach Noun-Verb-Object telegraphic utterances. Outlines 12 Expressive Language Workout Levels that introduce grammatical skills to build language.
Receptive Language Practice. Many children who struggle to speak have challenges processing spoken language. Use to target auditory recognition, processing, comprehension, retention and integration skills.
Early Literacy Practice. The Mutt Card Deck features simple directions to aid in transitioning children from visual matching to recognizing and reading words.
Speech Motor 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 speech motor coordination.
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
Transition children from visual matching to recognizing and reading words using the included cue cards featuring simple directions.
Expressive Language Practice
Teach two- and three-word formulations while slowly adding in the expressive language elements of syntax and morphology.
Available is an optional 6-hour, in-depth online training course discussing the Kaufman Apraxia Methods. Offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs and presented by international apraxia expert, Nancy Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP.
For SLPs to use in teaching expressive and receptive language skills for children ages 3-10 years who have apraxia of speech, developmental delays or struggle to speak.
"My favorite apraxia program is Kaufman and that it has the Mutt Family Workbook & Puzzle for further practice." – Vanessa A., SLP
"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
"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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