Thursday, November 17, 2011

Have you heard about Nuffield?

If you as a speech therapist/teacher haven't heard about The Nuffield Centre Dyspraxia Programme (NDP3) as yet you need to ask someone quickly!

I learnt about and used Nuffield in grad school. My favourite tutor believed in the programme, particularly for use with children with Cleft Palate, and she passed that obsession with the program onto me. I use it pretty much every day for children with a range of speech disorders, and the images of "Popeye picking poppies" never get old (If you've used Nuffield you know what I mean).

The NDP3 website summarises the program as:
  • suitable for any child with a speech disorder.
  • a complete resource, spanning pre-speech to connected speech levels.
  • Provides for parental/school involvement in therapy.
  • most suitable for the 3-7 year age range but can be adapted for younger and older children.
  • Affords great therapeutic flexibility.
  • Provides detailed guidance on planning and management.
  • Is 'clinician-friendly.'
  • Ensures that therapy remains fresh, engaging and stimulating.
What I love about it is that it is a complete program, from assessment to intervention. It allows you to move from sounds in isolation to connected speech, giving guidelines all the way. The sound sequencing pages are perfect for children with CAS! What's also important is that the phrases and sentences are functional; working on negatives, possessives, everyday phrases etc. The sound stories are also fun! Check out the sample pages!

My only criticisms however, were that I would have loved the pics in colour, and a way to edit them to get specific sounds/words for each individual child.

You could imagine then, that when I heard about their new speech builder I was over the moon.

It has all the pictures from the Nuffield Program PLUS Jolly Phonics pictures! (Yea I got a bit excited there) and it allows you create your own worksheets, customise, and colour as you so desire. Needless to say I have been using it constantly in therapy. I've been even incorporating worksheet making into sessions, and the children love being able to create their own 'speech pages.'

All the info you need to know about the NDP3 Speech Builder (including demo video) can be found at, and the original Nuffield at

Let me know if and how you're using Nuffield in therapy and what you think of the new program!


  1. I've just discovered your blog. Great job!
    There's still plenty of work to do to spread information on what speach therapists do.
    All the best from Germany