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Speech Therapy -> Fluency -> Fluency Shaping Techniques
Fluency shaping techniques refer to speech techniques that attempt to increase a client’s smooth, forward flow of speech and reduce disruptions in their fluency.
- Stuttering and other fluency disorders - A fluency disorder is an interruption in the flow of speaking characterized by atypical rate, rhythm, and disfluencies (e.g., repetitions of sounds, syllables, words, and phrases; sound prolongations; and blocks), which may also be accompanied by excessive tension, speaking avoidance, struggle behaviors, and secondary mannerisms (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association [ASHA], 1993). People with fluency disorders also frequently experience psychological, emotional, social, and functional impacts as a result of their communication disorder (Tichenor & Yaruss, 2019a). Stuttering is the most common fluency disorder.
- Miquel will learn and practice fluency control strategy of slowed rate, progressing from word level responses to phoneme level responses independently with 90% accuracy over 3 consecutive sessions to improve speech fluency. 2
- Tyler will use 2 fluency shaping strategies (i.e., relaxed breathing, slowed speech) during a timed structured treatment task with 80% accuracy across 3 out of 5 sessions. 0
- Isaac will use 1 learned fluency shaping strategy (e.g., slowed speech), within a 5-minute timed reading task with 80% accuracy across 3 out of 5 sessions. 0
- Given minimal cues, Rosalia will use slowed rate and easy onset speech to reduce dysfluencies and increase intelligibility at the conversational level with 80% accuracy over 5 consecutive sessions as measured by data and observation to improve fluency. 3
- Courtney will use fluency strategies, including easy onset and slowed rate, speaking on exhalation, pausing, pull-outs, and cancellations, for producing self-created syllables, advancing to spontaneous syllable, with 90% accuracy (less than 90% disfluency) across 3 consecutive sessions to improve speech fluency. 3
Bailey Morgan, M.A., CCC-SLP
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