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Basics of the Peanut Butter Protocol

Nancy Creaghead, Ph.D

June 30, 2003



What is the Peanut Butter Protocol?


The ''Peanut Butter'' Test was developed as a ''non-standardized'' protocol for eliciting pragmatic behaviors from preschool children (ages 3-5) in a ''communicative demand'' activity. A checklist of the behaviors accompanies it. There are actually two activities -- one is making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (hence the nickname ''Peanut Butter''), and the other is a drawing activity. Both protocols and the checklist are attached.

The following reference provides a more complete description of the protocol and it's development, as well as some data from research using it.

Creaghead, N., Margulies, C. (1982) Evaluating pragmatic skills of verbal and nonverbal children, Communicative Disorders: A Journal for Continuing Education, 7, 73-86.

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Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Nancy Creaghead is Past President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is Professor and Head of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati. Her teaching and research are in the area of child language development and disorders. She has been responsible for the development of outreach and distance learning programs for individuals working as speech therapists in the schools who need to obtain a master's degree. She has presented at numerous workshops and meetings at the local, state, national and international levels, including the 1978 through 2003 ASHA conventions, and is widely published. Dr. Creaghead is co-owner of a private practice, which provides speech-language services to children, primarily in Head Start and other preschool settings. She is a past president of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has completed a three-year term as ASHA Vice President for Professional Practices in Speech-Language Pathology. She holds an M.S. from Purdue University and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She is an ASHA Fellow and has received Honors of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

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