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Expanding Receptive and Expressive Skills through Stories (EXPRESS)
Language Formulation in Children with Selective Mutism and Other Communication Needs

Evelyn R. Klein, Sharon Lee Armstrong, Janice Gordon, Donna Spillman Kennedy, Carolyn Gerber Satko, Elisa Shipon-Blum
300 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Expanding Receptive and Expressive Skills through Stories (EXPRESS): Language Formulation in Children with Selective Mutism and Other Communication Needs is a resource that provides a specific treatment approach for professional speech-language pathologists working with children with selective mutism and other language delays or disorders including language learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, or for children learning English as a second language. It is a program for expanding receptive and expressive language skills at varying stages of language development, with five levels of communication to allow the clinician to start at the appropriate level for each child, and progress through the levels.

The EXPRESS approach includes activity modules corresponding to classic children’s stories. Children’s literature is used as a tool for presenting activities designed to help children learn specific language skills, and supports the Common Core State Standards. Each of the modules requires the corresponding storybook that can be obtained individually or found within The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury, a compendium that includes all the stories.

Using EXPRESS, children listen to the stories and through the activities presented acquire key concepts, ideas, and details about the material. Vocabulary is enhanced through drawing, describing, and demonstration. Children also have an opportunity to make inferences from the textual material through the question-answer routines developed for each story. Creativity and imagination are fostered using sentence formulation and story generation. EXPRESS also includes forms to help the clinician monitor progress and a PluralPlus companion website with video links to the stories and downloadable items from the book such as activity cards and scoring sheets.

Expanding Receptive and Expressive Skills through Stories (EXPRESS) requires the use of classic children’s stories to complete the activity modules. The stories can be obtained individually, through an inclusive compendium, or through online videos.

  • To obtain each storybook individually please contact your preferred library or bookseller.
  • The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury (ISBN-13: 978-0679886471) is a compendium that includes all the stories. It can be purchased through your preferred bookseller (such as Amazon) or the publisher (Penguin Random House).
  • The PluralPlus companion website as well as Appendix C of EXPRESS include video links to each story.

Disclaimer: At the time of this printing all information and links are accurate. Plural Publishing, Inc. cannot further guarantee the availability of the stories or video links.


The EXPRESS Program
Addressing Communication for Children With Selective Mutism and Other Communication Needs
Organizational Framework for EXPRESS

Appendix A. Information About Stories in EXPRESS Communication Levels
Appendix B. Lexile Levels
Appendix C. Video Links
Appendix D. Communication Questionnaire for Selective Mutism
Appendix E. Feelings Barometer Charts
Appendix F. Yes-No Cards
Appendix G. Question Photo Cards

EXPRESS Level 1. Nonvocal Communication Story Modules
Story Module 1–1. Ten, Nine, Eight
Story Module 1–2. The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
Story Module 1–3. “The Letter” from Frog and Toad are Friends
Story Module 1–4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Story Module 1–5. The Story of Ferdinand

EXPRESS Level 2. Indirect Vocalization Story Modules
Story Module 2–1. I Am a Bunny
Story Module 2–2. Titch
Story Module 2–3. Owen
Story Module 2–4. The Stinky Cheese Man
Story Module 2–5. Swimmy

EXPRESS Level 3. Direct Vocalization (Limited) Story Modules
Story Module 3–1. Good Night, Gorilla
Story Module 3–2. Miss Nelson is Missing
Story Module 3–3. D.W. The Picky Eater
Story Module 3–4. Petunia
Story Module 3–5. Make Way for Ducklings

EXPRESS Level 4. Scripted Vocalization Story Modules
Story Module 4–1. Goodnight Moon
Story Module 4–2. The Snowy Day
Story Module 4–3. Madeline
Story Module 4–4. Millions of Cats
Story Module 4–5. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

EXPRESS Level 5. Spontaneous Vocalization Story Modules
Story Module 5–1. Freight Train
Story Module 5–2. Amelia Bedelia
Story Module 5–3. Harry the Dirty Dog
Story Module 5–4. Where the Wild Things Are
Story Module 5–5. A Boy, A Dog, and A Frog

About The Authors

Evelyn R. Klein

Evelyn R. Klein, PhD, CCC-SLP is Associate Professor at La Salle University in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Science and teaches the graduate course in acquired language disorders as part of her teaching responsibilities. Dr. Klein is an ASHA Fellow and a certified speech-language pathologist with more than 25 years of clinical experience treating individuals with a variety of communication disorders. She is also a licensed psychologist with post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology.

Sharon Lee Armstrong


Janice Gordon


Donna Spillman Kennedy


Carolyn Gerber Satko


Elisa Shipon-Blum


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383 pages, Color Illustrations (4 Color), Spiral Bound, 8.5 x 11"

Purchasers of this book receive complimentary access to supplementary materials hosted on a PluralPlus companion website.

To access the materials, log in to the website using the URL and Access Code located inside the front cover of your copy of Expanding Receptive and Expressive Skills through Stories (EXPRESS).