ECHO: A Vocal Language Program for Easing Anxiety in Conversation
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This book is for clinicians supporting individuals who may experience social anxiety related to speaking in specific situations or with certain individuals. The ECHO program was developed to build ease and comfort with social pragmatic communication, focusing on improving conversational skills for children from later elementary through teenage years. The program can be implemented by speech-language pathologists, educators, and other facilitators (including parents) who support children and teens with selective mutism, stuttering, and those in need of social communication support. This unique intervention program combines methods of vocalization and verbalization to enhance conversational skills with role-play simulations for real-life application.
- Three modules bridging the gap from vocalization to conversation
- The ECHO Checklist to identify communication needs
- Social Communication Skills Pragmatics Checklist
- The ARC model for understanding anxiety tolerance, rescue reduction, and communication confidence
- Thirty-five interactive games and activities with more than 150 photos (online and printed) to help children and teens gain skills necessary to vocalize and engage in conversation
- A companion website with interactive activities for in-person and telepractice use
225 pages, softcover
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