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Early Echoic Skills Assessment and Program Planner

The EESA is a unique assessment tool and program planning resource for anyone responsible for teaching early speech skills, regardless of a learner’s age.

The EESA focuses on evaluating and developing the ability to echo, or repeat, what is heard.  

This guide book explains the rationale for the new EESA-R assessment, as well as providing information on how to develop a program based on the results.

About The Author

Author of the Early Echoic Skills Assessment and Program Planner Book

A behavior analyst and speech pathologist with extensive experience in behavioral interventions for children and adults. Dr. Esch received her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University under the direction of Dr. Jack Michael and Dr. Jim Carr and her M.A. in Speech Pathology from Michigan State University.

She has published research on behavioral treatments for early speech acquisition and aphasia assessment in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She has presented workshops, training symposia, and research in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia, focusing on the use of behavioral procedures to improve speech and language skills for individuals of all ages with a wide range of diagnoses.
About Book

About the EESA Guide eBook

The EESA Guide ebook includes:

  • Introduction. Discusses the behavioral and mechanical basis for speech development.
  • Syllable Complexity. Explains elements of syllables that make speech easy or difficult.
  • EESA Pretest. Determines if a learner is ready for the full EESA-R test.
  • Program and IEP Planning. Discusses skills to strengthen and IEP goal planning.
  • Appendix A. Contains supplementary forms and materials.
  • Appendix B. Responds to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Appendix C. Offers information about EESA translations and non-English modifications.

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Early Echoic Skills Assessment and Program Planner

The EESA e-guide provides information on the importance of echoic skills in vocal-verbal language assessment and training.

Having strong echoic skills can support and fast-track the acquisition of other spoken language skills, in contexts that are often more powerful and useful for communication, like asking for things, commenting on one’s environment, and having conversations. So, for early or fledgling speakers, a robust foundation in being able to repeat a language model can lead to more effective spoken interactions.  

This guidebook can be accompanied by a print protocol that contains the revised assessment as well as a work packet and program support.  This protocol can be purchased at (

Data Makes the Difference is currently creating an EESA App….watch out for future info on this new exciting App!


Early Echoic Skills
Assessment and Program
Planner (EESA)

Most humans learn to speak quite easily, with no special training. For those who don’t, the task falls to others, who may find it beyond daunting to figure out where to start. But, in fact, there’s no reason that we should expect ourselves to know how to do this. Speech teaching and jump-starting early vocalizations are not intuitive. The Early Echoic Skills Assessment and Program Planner (EESA) is aimed at making this process a little easier.
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