KTTP Model and Manual

The KTTP model has two primary objectives: to help caregivers embed communication strategies into their daily routines and activities and to help support caregivers as leaders of their child’s communication team. As in Part C services, the KTTP intervention begins as the communication coach gets to know the family and child. The coach learns about the family’s routines by engaging in conversations and observations. The caregiver and communication coach decide upon specific play, caregiving, literacy, and community routines to target during the intervention. Based upon family preferences, assessments and observational data, the coach and caregiver jointly identify child communication targets. During the intervention phase, the communication coach introduces the caregiver to KTTP communication strategies such as responding contingently to the child’s communication, expanding the child’s utterances, using language models that are matched to the child’s target level, and by arranging the environment to create and expand communication opportunities. The intervention typically occurs across 24 weekly or biweekly sessions. Throughout the intervention, the communication coach supports the caregiver as the leader of his or her child’s communication team by encouraging communication between team members and by helping the caregiver prepare for the child’s transition between Part C and Part B services. For more details on the KTTP model, please refer to the full manual.

Kidtalk Model Overview

This handout illustrates how each component of the Kidtalk model relates to child goals. Each element contributes to communication exchanges that support, extend, and create opportunities for all children.