The Complexity Approach for Speech Therapy


This resource has been thoughtfully created to help you implement the Complexity Approach with your caseload. To assist with your understanding of the Complexity Approach, there are evidence-based rationales, reference charts for target selection, a breakdown of therapy steps, and more, included. The resource also includes homework tasks, and therapy activities, so you’ll have everything you need to implement the approach right away. Expand your knowledge of speech sound interventions and add the complexity approach to your skillset with this practical resource!

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The Complexity Approach is an intervention for children with phonological impairments. It targets later developing and complex clusters (vs. earlier developing sounds) as research has shown that this can facilitate a greater system-wide change.

⭐ It is not the ONLY approach out there, so consider the needs of your caseload.⭐

❶ — Have an evidence-based resource for an intervention that you may not have heard about.
❷ — Understand how to choose targets applying the complexity principles
❸ — Have colorful cards and black & white homework practice sheets containing complex 2 and 3-element clusters
❹ — Use a Consonant Cluster Probe (digital & print included) to help you informally assess a child’s cluster inventory
❺ — Have reference charts for the sonority sequencing principle, implicational universals for target selection, complexity approach therapy steps, and evidence-based rationales

✅ — Covers 10 clusters (3-element: /skr/, /spr/, /str/, /spl/ and /skw/ and 2-element: /fl/, /fr/, /sl/, /shr/ and /thr/.)
✅ — Includes a Consonant Cluster Probe (digital & print) to help you get a cluster inventory
✅ — Contains easy-to-understand charts and diagrams explaining complexity concepts (e.g., sonority sequencing principle, therapy steps, target selection) to help you feel more confident with using the approach
✅ — ARTICULATION CARDS: Both color and black & white cards are included. There are 9 words per complex cluster (x18 for /str/), so a total of 100 cards
✅ — WORDS FOR HOME PRACTICE: Two mini pages to send for home practice (x80 practice trials/page)
✅ — WORD PRACTICE: Large pictures with high practice check boxes (x90 practice trials/page).
✅ — WORD LISTS: Easy to send home word lists (x180 & x150 practice trials/page)
✅ — ROLL & SAY: Use a dice to play this game (x36 practice trials/page)
✅ — SAY & FIND: Fun loaded scene for practice (x90 practice trials per page)

What SLP’s like you are saying: 

This is an excellent resource to support the complexity approach. I would say my most used set is the ‘thr’ words, my students are working so hard to achieve these and the sounds are filtering into the rest of their speech sound system! Thanks Rebecca 🙂

I am new to this approach, but am learning a lot and have already seen wonderful growth with goals. The pictures and various worksheets attached are motivating for my students. I like the extra information Rebecca puts in with other ideas of how to make activities more than just “table top worksheets”.

This product makes it easy to understand the complexity approach. I appreciate how quickly and easily you can evaluate a variety of different sound combinations.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Reinking is an SLP who works privately with children who have speech sound disorders. She has a particular interest in phonological interventions and strives to connect and collaborate with speech scientists to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice.

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3 reviews for The Complexity Approach for Speech Therapy

  1. Lindsay Paterson (verified owner)

    This resource has made implementing the complexity approach with my caseload so much easier this year! Super helpful reference info to help you understand and implement the approach. The cluster probe has been great in obtaining baseline data for all of the kids. And I love the colour cards as well as the homework sheets. Thanks so much for this great resource!

  2. Krystal Chen

    Another great product by Adventures in Speech Pathology! This handbook gave me the confidence to implement the approach with multiple students who struggle with s, l, and r clusters.

  3. lmill365 (verified owner)

    I love this resource. I have learnt so much clinically from Rebecca’s account and have been implementing the complexity approach more with my students. I have seen so much progress and change in their system. This resource makes intervention easy to implement with the cards and activities as well as the reference chart for target selection.

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