Kaufman What's In Your Doghouse?




Your favorite Mutt Family Characters are back in this engaging therapy game!

"This game is a magnet for kids, and a powerful speech and language therapy tool!" – Claudia D., SLP

Kaufman What’s in Your Doghouse is an engaging, hands-on, structured therapy tool to help children with apraxia or developmental delays bridge speech motor coordination to expressive language skills. Children remain engaged as they open the doghouses in search of tokens that match their game board.

During the course of the game, SLPs can target motor planning for common nouns, pivot phrases, question formulation, social language skills, and introduce syntax and morphology, including pronouns, articles, auxiliary verbs and more. With minimal preparation time, this therapy game can be played with 1 - 6 players. Ideal for group therapy, including children with different levels of functioning.

Ages 3-10 years. Made in the USA.

How It Works:

Children take turns opening the Mutt Family doghouses in search of tokens that match their game board. The tokens feature simple nouns from Kaufman Kit 1 that the SLP can use to guide the therapy session. The first student to get all 7 matches wins!

Great for one-on-one therapy . . . or for group therapy too! Use with up to 6 players. 

Watch this therapy session video featuring Nancy Kaufman working with the adorable Alexander.

Therapy Targets:

  • Practice simple motor planning for nouns found in Kaufman Kit 1.
  • Pivot phrases. Open___. Take out___. I have a___.
  • Question formulation. Did you get a___? Do you need a___?
  • Social language. My turn. Your turn. What did you get?
  • Visual matching and early literacy skills.
  • Syntax and morphology: pronouns, auxiliary verbs, articles and more.

Kaufman Doghouse Apraxia Therapy Game

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What's in the Box?

  • 6 Two-Sided, Game Boards (size 10” x 6.5”)
  • 24 Doghouses (6 of each color - size 1.5"x2”)
  • 24 Game Tokens
  • 28 Stickers to Decorate the Doghouses
  • Instructional Manual
  • Game Board Themes: Pool Party, Going Camping, On the Farm, Visiting the Zoo, Beach Fun, Moon Landing

Kaufman Apraxia Therapy Doghouse Game

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"Kaufman is my staple. Having a variety of programs and skills in which to pull provides the best results for my students. My students never lose interest – still the same targets, but in a variety of structured activities." – Laura L., SLP

Target Age Range: 3 - 10 years

For children ages 3-10 years who have apraxia of speech or developmental delays. Use with individual students, or great for group therapy with up to 6 players.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts not for children under 3 years old.

It's all about getting a match! Your student(s) will have in front of them a game board and many doghouses, each with a token inside that may or may not be a match to their game board. The first student to get all 7 matches wins!

Throughout the game, work with your student(s) to:

  • Expand language skills.
  • Produce simple common nouns.
  • Strengthen the ability to produce simple syllable shapes, especially CVC and simple bisyllabics, such as the Mutt Family character names (Buddy, Heidi, Paddy, etc).
  • Produce word combinations of two and three words in Verb-Object or Subject-Verb-Object phrases.
  • Produce grammatically correct sentences.
  • Improve social interactive language.

With minimal preparation, this can be played with 1 - 6 players. Ideal for group therapy, including children with different levels of functioning. Great for one-on-one therapy, too!

Depending on your student's ability, other options of play include:

  • Focusing on literacy.
  • Visual memory challenge.
  • Social skills reinforcement (turn taking, eye contact, etc).
  • Practicing simple pivot phrases.
  • Using word retrieval for nouns and verbs.
  • Targeting simple syntax and morphology.

Kaufman Doghouse Apraxia Therapy Game

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What's Included

Kaufman What's in your Doghouse?

  • 6 Two-Sided, Themed Game Boards
    • Going Camping
    • Pool Party
    • On the Farm
    • Visiting the Zoo
    • Moon Landing
    • Beach Fun
  • 24 Doghouses (6 of each color - size 1.5"x2")
  • 24 Game Tokens (22 represent target sounds and 2 "yucky" tokens for fun)
  • 28 Stickers to decorate the Doghouses
  • Instructional Manual
  • ©2017

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts not for children under 3 years old.

Apraxia Therapy Game

Apraxia Therapy Kaufman

Target Audience

Ages 3 to 10

For SLPs working on expressive and receptive language skills with children who have apraxia of speech, developmental delays or struggle to speak. Great for both one-on-one or group therapy.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts not for children under 3 years old.


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

"This game is well made and can be used for a multitude of articulation and language goals. I love that it has suggested words and questions right on the direction sheet so I didn't have to think those up on my feet. I love that it goes together with other Kaufman products, so we seamlessly move from one activity to another. My students loved the little dog house and the game boards. My students loved working on their goals in a fun, game format. "M.B.

"I like the ease of adapting the activity to the child's needs. My students like opening the doghouses to find what's inside. "C.N.

"I was lucky enough to win this game from one of your Facebook Giveaway posts & it is a hit with my kids. They ask me frequently to play the "doggie game." Great language opportunities. Thank you!"S. Friedman, SLP

Full Review from Claudia D at Creative Speech Lab:

"When my own daughter grabbed my NSS catalog to look more closely at a picture of an exciting game with little doghouses, I knew I needed to take a closer look myself. What I found was a magnet for kids and a powerful speech and language therapy tool. Today I’m writing a review to give you a closer look.

What’s In Your Doghouse? is a new therapy game created by Nancy Kaufman, an SLP well-known for her expertise in childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) as well as her Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP). This game is designed for children between the ages of 3-10 (yes, different levels of complexity accommodate this wide age-range) with CAS and expressive language delays. Specifically, this motivating tool helps bridge speech motor planning to expressive language.

What’s Included? When opening the box, the first thing you’ll notice are the bright and colorful dog-themed game materials:

  • 6 Game Boards: Each game board has a fun, different theme (e.g. camping, moon, beach, zoo) and is double-sided (i.e. one side has target words in the form of pictures and the other side displays the written words).
  • 24 Doghouses: These doghouses open and close and are therapy gold! They come in 6 different colors.
  • 28 Stickers (to decorate the doghouses): Each mutt has a name that targets specific motor speech skills. The motivating act of adorning each house with a sticker allows for therapy practice in and of itself.
  • 24 Game Tokens: Each token contains specific syllable structures, fits inside the doghouses and on the game boards.
  • Instruction Manual: This is filled with step-by-step instructions for playing the game with younger and older children as well as specific examples/scripts of how to target a variety of skills with this game!

This is the most fun and engaging matching game I’ve ever seen.

  1. Students pick their own game boards. Each board has a different theme with pictures of dogs and various objects (e.g. Moppy eating a cookie).
  2. The first player selects a doghouse from the “field,” opens the (super fun) roof and removes a token.
  3. The student checks to see if the picture on the token matches a picture on the game board (e.g. cookie). If there’s a match, place the token on the game board. If not, return the token in its doghouse to the field.

Easy as 1-2-3! What I especially like is that there’s the basic level of play I just described for younger students as well as moderate and advanced levels of play, which is why it works well for ages 3-10 (and I find that rather impressive!)

Learning Targets: One of my favorite things about this game is the number of speech and language goals I can target with my students. I love that I can pull this out for a mixed therapy group!

  • Speech Motor Planning: It doesn’t come as a surprise that a game created by Nancy Kaufman would be packed with opportunities to practice speech motor planning for these speech syllable shapes found in common nouns: VC, VCV, VCVC, CV, CVC, CV1CV2, and C1V12V2.
    • I’d like to note that these syllable shapes are cleverly embedded into highly motivating mutt names (e.g. Buddy, Heidi, Moppy etc.) and token/game board images (e.g. hot dog, teddy).
    • These syllable shapes can be easily practiced at the phrase level by completing carrier phrases such as “I have a ____” (and there are several examples listed in the manual).
  • Simple Syntax and Morphology: 
    • Pronouns
    • Auxiliary Verbs
    • Articles
    • Progressive Verbs
    • Third-Person Singular Verbs
    • Question Formulation & Negation
  • Visual Memory
  • Literacy
    • Each game board has two sides: one with pictures that match the tokens and another with words that match them!
  • Vocabulary Attributes 
  • Social Language

I was impressed by the many examples and scripts provided in the instruction manual to make the process of focusing on any of these goals extremely easy.

Final Verdict: It’s effective. It’s versatile. It’s motivating. It appeals to a wide age-range and goal bank…What’s In Your Doghouse? gets an A in my (SLP) book!"

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