Wayne State University

KCC Owner Nancy Kaufman wins Alumni Award

Nancy Kaufman, owner and director of the Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor, and Social Connections, Inc., and notable Wayne State University alumna has been named one of three winners of the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Kaufman, together with the other winners will be presented the award at the university’s homecoming football game on Saturday Oct. 10. 


For the last 35 years, Nancy has dedicated herself to establishing the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol (K-SLP), a treatment approach to help children become effective vocal communicators.


The author of several products designed to help children who struggle to speak using the K-SLP methods, Nancy most recently published the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol Instructional DVD Set. Many specialists in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) have adopted the K-SLP for children with autism spectrum disorders.


Nancy serves on the professional advisory board of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), on the board of visitors of Wayne State University’s Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development, and is the speech-language pathologist consultant for the Parish School and Carruth Center in Houston, Texas, and Suburban Speech Center in Short Hills, New Jersey.


Nancy is the recipient of the 2011 Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association Distinguished Service Award. The Kaufman Children’s Center received the Clinical Service Award from the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Corp! Magazine’s Best of Michigan Business Award.


Nancy lectures internationally on the subject of childhood apraxia of speech and other speech sound disorders in children. Families from around the world travel to the KCC to participate in its specialized therapy programs, as the KCC has earned a reputation for excellence, warmth, and successful outcomes.