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?"
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.