Apraxia Program Card Kit comes with three card sets.
The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program Card Kit comes with three card sets. The kit offers the child a wide variety of movement experiences and multiple combinations of practicing moving from one articulatory posture in and out the next. The Speech-EZ® Picture Cards provide you with the necessary flexibility to select specific sound sequences to target in a given session.
Set One includes 411 colorful and engaging picture cards containing mostly CVC words (consonant_vowel_consonant), and some CV, VC words. The large amount of CVC words in Set One offers the child a wide variety of movement experiences and multiple combinations of practicing moving from one articulatory posture in and out the next. Children with CAS must undergo a different treatment method than a child with an articulation disorder. Therefore, an articulation approach is not recommended for a child with CAS. Unlike traditional "articulation" therapy cards, the Speech-EZ® Picture Cards provide you with the necessary flexibility to select specific sound sequences to target in a given session.
Set Two includes 370 picture cards and 38 Speech-EZ® Hand Cue Cards. Picture cards in Set Two contain CVCV words (i.e. "baby"), compound words (i.e. "cupcake"), one syllable words with blends (i.e. "cloud"), two syllable words (i.e. "apple"), three syllable words (i.e. "banana"), and four syllable words (i.e. "helicopter").
Hand Cues are used to boost activation and organization for the learning, retrieval, planning and execution process for motor speech movement. Having the child perform the symbolic gestures while they are producing speech, allows the child to be actively involved in the movement process. These hand cues assists the child in retrieval of the sound and retrieval of the motor plan involved.
Set Three is the Speech-EZ® Sound and Number Cards. This set consists of 45 grapheme cards in Time New Roman font, 45 grapheme cards in Chalk font, and number cards one through ten. The rationale for having duplicates of the same grapheme cards that only differ by font is, children are more likely to see a serif typeface font in books, but they will not learn to write using serifs. Serifs are decorative details added to the basic form of the letter such as lines or hooks. The font type children typically see in children's books and early readers can be very different from how they will begin to write.
Having two different fonts in the sound card deck will give the child early exposure to these differences, as well as giving the practitioner or parent a choice when planning activities. The graphemes, or phonograms, in the Speech-EZ® Sound Cards deck are not the complete list of all phonograms in the English language. These are the most frequently occurring phonograms in entry-level literacy development.
The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program Parent Manual
The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program Parent Manual provides education and instruction for working with children who have apraxia or severe phonological disorders.
The manual covers understanding differential diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) from other speech sound disorders, implementing the principles of motor learning for optimal progress and generalization of skills, specific highly effective techniques to treat CAS, procedures to enhance phonological awareness and literacy development, activities to promote auditory processing skills, detailed activities to use The Speech-EZ® Apraxia Program Card Kit, data tracking sheets, and an IEP goal bank specific to the child with CAS.
The manual also includes how to address vowel errors, prosody errors, voicing errors, and resonance.