Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol
The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol is a way of teaching children with apraxia of speech the easiest way of saying words until they have increased motor-speech coordination. The therapist chooses words to target in therapy based on a careful analysis of the child’s motor speech capabilities. As the child progresses in therapy the words are modified to include more difficult sounds including complex consonants, vowels and syllable structures.
This teaching method is a reflection of how young children attempt their first words. The K-SLP gives children of all ages a way to attempt difficult words using word approximations, and refining and reinforcing these attempts toward whole target words and phrases. It is a systematic approach and one that has been an extremely beneficial, logical, and an efficient way to tackle childhood apraxia of speech.