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Special Education & Communication Disorders

College of Education & Human Sciences

Fluency Criterion Program

A Stuttering Management System for Children and Adults
Janice Pechter Herring

Includes: Manual and Training Tape
Skill Area: Fluency
Age Range: All

About the Program
Using the Fluency Criterion Program, a speech-language clinician can teach stuttering children or adults to produce consistently fluent speech. The goal is reached in this program by retraining the client's breathing, awareness of articulators, production of vowels and consonants, and phrasing. The process gives clients understanding of their own dysfluencies and systematic strategies for managing them. Targets in this program include using a full breath to sustain a short sentence, easy onset in initiating sound for words beginning with vowels, continuous phonation to eliminate choppiness between words, light contact when producing initial consonant sounds, and phrasing groups of words together by meaning or punctuation. The program's design encourages the client to speak with precision at every level of the training. Once the identification stage is completed and training has begun, a client does not progress to the next level of difficulty unless complete fluency is attained at the current level. The overall goal, therefore, is fluent speech in all environments -- reading, monologue, and conversation.

Overview of Contents
A. Introduction
B. Management Goals and Charts
C. Teaching Your Client to Identity Dysfluencies
D. Target Training
E. Practice Sheets: Levels I through IV
F. The Final Target --Phrasing
G. Activities for Conversation, Carryover and Maintenance