Expanding Expression Tool (EET)- for organizing a description



I have been using the Expanding Expression Tool (EET) by SLP Sara L. Smith for improved verbal expression.  I find it to be elegantly simple and highly effective with a wide range of clients.  EET is a lot like the Story Grammar Marker, but EET is for a descriptive (expository) discourse structure as opposed to a narrative structure.

It is designed to be learned as a chant or rap that can be used a cuing guide for the structure of a complete description:

        " Green group-Blue-do. What does it look like? What is it made of? Pink-parts? White-where? What else so I know?"

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EET works really well as an instructional routine (for Lexercise Station 7: Speaking and Writing) because it consistent with an Orton-Gillingham (O-G) Approach:

1) It is a highly structured, multisensory and explicit procedure.

2) It lends itself well to use as a brief, focused instructional routine.  That's important because in an O-G Approach  the clinician provides at least one instructional routine for every language domain (i.e., each Lexercise Station) in each session. In other words, each O-G session is planned to provide "top-down" and "bottom-up" practice.  In a 45 minute session that means that each instructional routine will last about 3 - 6 minutes.

3) It is a Socratic Learning procedure that can help clients develop executive processing.

4) It can be used for oral and/or written language expression.

When using EET to improve written language expression with a client who is on the dyslexia spectrum the clinician will want to use techniques (and perhaps assistive technologies) that support and promote self-monitoring for spelling and the use of sentence conventions.

EET works well in teletherapy (web-conferencing) sessions. For teletherapy the clinician might want to provide the client with an EET Small Student Strand ($7.00). 

You can purchase the EET materials online here


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