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



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Kit 1 helps to develop vocal skills for children who struggle to speak.

Kaufman Treatment 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. Use in therapy 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.

How It Works:

This highly effective approach builds intelligibility through a hierarchy of successive "word shell" approximations. Stimulus cards feature bright, color illustrations on the front. The reverse side 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!

“I love Kit 1 - I find it gives children 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!” – SLP

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Kaufman Apraxia Therapy Cards

Hierarchy of successive "word shell" approximations.

Kaufman Kit 1 Therapy Targets:

  • Synthesis of /m, t, b, d, h, n, w, p/
  • 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

Kaufman Apraxia Therapy Kit 1 Basic

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Kaufman Kit 1 Program Highlights:

  • Includes 225 durable and engaging picture cards (5"x7").
  • Targets sounds /m, t, b, d, h, n, w, p/.
  • Teaches the syllable shapes children need to master to become effective vocal/verbal communicators.
  • Teaches unique pivot syllables such as "ny" or "dle/do".
  • Includes a 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.

What's in the Manual?

The comprehensive 52-page manual discusses implementation of this approach.

  • K-SLP Six Steps
  • Evaluation hierarchy
  • Treatment hierarchy
  • Phonemic simplification
  • Cueing techniques
  • IEP goal-writing examples
  • Using phonological processes to establish a core vocabulary
  • Kaufman techniques for children with autism
  • Note to parents
  • View Table of Contents >

Kaufman Apraxia Therapy Manual

Implementation and Training:

The Kaufman Treatment Kit includes a 52-page manual fully explaining this approach. Also 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.

Kaufman Methods For Evaluation & Treatment Of Childhood Apraxia Of Speech

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. Kit 2 sequences /k, g, f, s, sh/ and blends of /s, r, l/.

Kaufman Workout Book - 3rd 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

Kaufman Treatment Kit 1:

  • 225 durable and engaging picture cards
  • Target 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

Kaufman Apraxia Therapy Kit 1 Basic

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Target Audience

Ages 2 to 8

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

How much time is required?

About 15 minutes to complete a session.


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. 

Customer Reviews

"I like how everything is in one kit, is easy to grab, and is in developmental order." – J.M.

"The Kaufman method outlines what to do for CAS and takes the guesswork out of treatment. My students love the colorful, fun, variety in the kit." – S.Q.

"I use my Kaufman cards every day!" – K.E.

"I work in the schools and my biggest success is parents giving me the best compliments as they couldn't believe the success with increased intelligibility using these Kits! I can't thank you enough!" – N.L.

"The Kaufman kit is so organized, and it's easy to know where to start and how/when to advance. The pictures are 'big' which helps to tape them on the wall when we play the flashlight game." – M.S.

"The best Apraxia resource – hands down!" – C.Z.

"The cards are easy to use, organized, and have colorful pictures. My students like that they can show progress. They enjoy the pictures and how quickly they can go thru a series!" – C.E.

"My students like the familiarity and size of the cards. I like the systematic categories and the cueing targets on the back." – K.R.

"I like that this kit is easy to use, and easy to personalize to each child. My students like seeing success." – S.H.

"I like the organization and breakdown of CV combinations, along with examples of approximations on the back of the cards. My students like the pictures!" – S.Q.

"I like the large visuals and process of teaching the phonology in the word. My students like the colorful visuals." – O.V.

"I like the size of the cards, the pictures, and the easy to read words. I also like how the cards are organized. Simple presentation; easy to incorporate in therapy session; theme of the cards." – S.R.

"The cueing hierarchy on the back of cards for word production is awesome and love the size of the cards. My students enjoy imitating the actions on treatment cards as well as the additional visual cue." – A.S.

"I really enjoy how this makes goal setting quite easy to discuss with parents, alongside showing parents the back of the card to demonstrate progress or examples of the motor speech errors being observed." – N.K.

"I use my Kaufman Kit every day." – K.S.

"I LOVE these materials! I use them all the time!!" – M.S.

"I love that the syllable shapes start at the most basic level and include the earliest developing sounds (bilabials). I also enjoy the cueing hierarchy on the back for young children who are unable to produce the true word. My students enjoy the picture support while practicing syllable shapes. It also allows them to familiarize themselves with the word visually for motor planning efficacy." – A.S.

"I like how it's broken down step by step. The pictures become familiar and become a cue themselves." – K.R.

"I like that the words used within the treatment kit are commonly used words especially for younger students. So, it is easy for them to use daily and relate to. The visuals are up to date and easily understood by the students as to what word it is trying to imply. This makes it more fun and interactive and helps me target other skills as well." – S.G.

"It's so easy to follow the cues written on the back of each card in order to help our students. And they like the pictures." – A.M.

"I like the ease of use of the kit in apraxia treatment. My students like the pictures." – A.K.

"I use Kaufman cards weekly in my practice." – P.L.

"One of my fave therapy tools!" – R.K.

"I love Kit 1 – and have used it several times over the years with toddlers and preschoolers. I find it gives children 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!" 

"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!"

"I use the Kaufman cards and language approach to open syllables. It breaks down words nicely."

"I definitely recommend the Kaufman Treatment Kits for preschoolers for sure."

"I have been using the Kaufman program for maybe 17 or so years. It's worth every dollar I have spent on training and materials." 

"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 in a very short time!" – Parent

"The Kaufman kits are great. I also love the Kaufman Speech to Language Workout Book."

"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!'"

"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."

"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

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