NANCY KAUFMAN:
 
ALEX BURKULAS




 
 
 
 
 
Director of the Kaufman Childrenís Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Social Connections, Inc. in West Bloomfield. Since 1979, Kaufman has specialized in working with children exhibiting apraxia of speech. (Symptoms of apraxia of speech are difficulty planning and producing the movements of the lips, jaw, tongue, and palate required for intelligible speech.) She authored the Kaufman Speech Praxis Test for Children (Wayne State University Press, 1995), Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment Kits for Children (Northern Speech Services, 1998, 2001), Kaufman Speech Praxis Workout Book (Northern Speech Services, 2005), and co-authored the K&K Sign & Say (Northern Speech Services, 2005). She lectures locally, nationally, and internationally about apraxia of speech in children. Families from throughout the world travel to the Kaufman Childrenís Center to participate in intensive and specialized programs. Kaufman also consults with parents and professionals across the globe. Many specialists in the field of applied verbal behavior have recently adopted the Kaufman Approach into their protocol for children on the spectrum of autism. A recipient of the Clinical Service Award from the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Center continues to grow due to its reputation for excellence and success. Kaufman received her bachelorís in communications disorders and sciences at Michigan State University and her masterís in Certificate of Clinical Competency/Speech-Language Pathology from Wayne State University, where she was awarded a graduate assistantship.


WHERE BORN: "Royal Oak."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "The first supervisor at my internship, Carole Goff. She introduced me to the method of breaking words down into simplified versions to help children learn to speak."

LAST BOOK READ: "I read so many. Heart Sounds by Judy McCullough. Itís about a little girl who had a disorder with breakable bones.Ē

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Perseverant, tenacious, energetic, dedicated."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "The use of more technology to help children to process and comprehend language as well as to learn to speak, and hopefully much more research, especially in the realm of children with autism spectrum disorders."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My iPhone."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Itís a toss-up. Iíd say my office and Charlevoix, where Iím headed very soon."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Reading novels and the theater. I also travel a lot, but itís for work, too. I do a lot of teaching."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Chocolate."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Singing and playing musical instruments by ear."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "An innovator in teaching children to become vocal communicators.Ē


At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.