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EESA-R 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.

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About The Author

Author of the EESA-R 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.
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About the EESA-R 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 - Revised

The EESA-R Guide is a combination textbook and an echoic skills assessment. Throughout, a behavioral training approach is explained, so users can design fun (reinforcing) and effective speech-language programs for their learners.


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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