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EESA: Early Echoic Skills Assessment and Program Planner – Protocol

SKU: DRB 312

Content updates and corrections for the EESA Guide and Protocol are available here.

The EESA Protocol contains the Early Echoic Skills Assessment- Revised, a vocal imitation test for early speech learners of any age. The ability to repeat what people say is critical for beginning speakers. It’s a launch point for learning other important language skills, like asking for things, naming or commenting, and having conversations. EESA-R pinpoints which speech skills are difficult or easy for a learner. Then, the Protocol’s Work Packet analyzes why errors may have occurred and what to do about it. The EESA Protocol is a companion to the EESA Guide; together these comprise the Early Echoic Skills Assessment and Program Planner.

Within the EESA Protocol, users will find the EESA-R test, followed by the EESA Work Packet, guiding the user through Results Analysis and Program Planning tasks.

The EESA Protocol includes:

  • EESA-R. Assesses five groups of increasingly complex echoic skills.
  • EESA Work Packet. Guides users through results analysis and target selection.
  • Program Support. Discusses a skills-integrated approach to training and tracking language development; contains a 2-page list of program support resources for specific issues of concern.

Looking for the EESA Guide and Protocol Set? Click here!

  • The EESA-R Skills Record tracks skill acquisition. It should be inserted in your learner’s EESA-R Protocol between page 6 and 7 (e.g., “6b”). The form allows for tracking EESA-R skills over 4 test administrations. A color-coded sample is included for reference.
  • The Target Guidesheet is a form to use in daily sessions, with places to write 2 targets. Write your selected targets and their SC information in the “Working Target Section” of this form. See the reference section at the top for SC components and for an example of how to write a target progression.

    BARBARA E. ESCH, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CCC-SLP is 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. Dr. Esch is the founder of the Speech Pathology Special Interest Group (www.behavioralspeech.com) of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. She is the author of the original Early Echoic Skills Assessment, part of the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), published by Dr. Mark Sundberg in 2014, and the new Early Echoic Skills Assessment and Program Planner - Guide and Protocol.


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