Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program differ from other techniques and approaches?
A:The core technique of The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program is teaching the child symbolic gestures in the form of hand cues. The child learns a specific hand cue for each consonant phoneme. The child performs the hand cue on themselves during speech productions to assists him or her in retrieval of the sound and retrieval of the motor plan involved.
The therapist is not just modeling the hand cue as a visual aid; the child is participating in the motor planning process. In addition, the child is actively involved in cueing themselves rather than simply observing the therapist or having the therapist manipulate their articulators for them.
This hand cueing system is then used to teach the child phonological awareness in order to facilitate early literacy development. Not only does The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program address speech intelligibility, it also establishes early literacy skills, enhances auditory processing skills and memory.
Q:Will using The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program confuse the child if I am using other approaches?
A: No. Working with children in a clinical setting comes the understanding that children may benefit from a combination of techniques.
Ultimately, it is about providing the child with the tools they need to be successful, which may be a combination of techniques and approaches.
Furthermore, a child may need a different approach at various stages of their treatment depending on their needs, particularly if they have reached a plateau. The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program can provide either "first steps", or "next steps" in a child's overall treatment plan.
Q:How does The Speech-EZ® Card Kit differ from other cards currently on the market?
A: The Speech-EZ® Card Kit uses real life colorful and engaging photos rather than illustrations. Using real life photos allows you to use the cards with both younger children and older children. The printed word is spelled out on the back of the card allowing you to use the cards for literacy activities.
There are a total of 819 picture cards, an abundantly large quantity of stimulus cards to ensure the child will not quickly tire from the stimuli set. Cards are arranged by complexity of movement patterns to expose the child to a wide variety of movement experiences and multiple combinations of practicing. Images were also specifically selected to expand vocabulary.
The Speech-EZ® Card Kit also includes phonogram cards in two different fonts to support literacy development activities outlined in the program. Hand Cue Cards are also included in the card kit that teach the child a specific symbolic gesture to represent each consonant speech sound.
The cards in The Speech-EZ® Card Kit are not just therapy materials, but tools for a specific, highly effective method of treatment.
Q:Do I have to attend a training to purchase The Speech-EZ® Card Kit?
A: You do not have to attend The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program training in order to purchase the card kit. Anyone can order The Speech-EZ® Card Kit at any time. Parents may wish to purchase the Parent Manual for program guidance and outlined activities to use the materials included in the card kit.
Q:Will The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program Parent Manual tell me how to work with my child at home?
A: Children with apraxia vary in severity and will have their own unique abilities. For example, one child's phonemic inventory is likely to be different from another child's phonemic inventory.
Alternatively, one child might not be able to produce a consonant and a vowel together, while another child is able to produce words in consonant-vowel-consonant format already.
The manual will provide you with a roadmap and understanding of how to work with a child with CAS by teaching you specific techniques to increase speech intelligibility, promote literacy development, enhance speech perception skills, and increase memory.
While the parent manual is designed for you to implement treatment techniques in the home, it is not a replacement for a Speech-Language Pathologist.
If you are unable to attend regular therapy sessions with a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, some of the Speech-EZ® providers in our network offer long distance consulting services in which they offer guidance and support services utilizing The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program.
Q:Can The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program be used with a variety of populations?
A:Absolutely! The techniques, activities, and therapy materials are extremely beneficial to treat children with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, cochlear implants, phonological disorders, and more.
Q:What is the benefit of attending The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program workshop?
A:Attendees will be trained directly by The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program developer, Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP. You will gain a clear understanding of the theories behind the Speech-EZ® method, supporting research, and how to most effectively use these therapy protocols in a clinical or school setting, or with your own child.
The advantage to attending the training is the invaluable hands-on experience you will acquire by practicing these techniques while directly interacting and learning from the program developer by observing and actively participating in demonstrations using the methods, plus being able ask questions and get answers on the spot.
This workshop is a combination of lecture style learning and hands-on interactive training. Speech Language Pathologists who wish to become a Speech-EZ® Certified Practitioner must attend a workshop as part of their certification process. They will also earn 7 ASHA CEU credits.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend a workshop to gain comprehensive interactive training in the method and confidence with how to use the program with their child for use within the home.