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Special Education & Communication Disorders

College of Education & Human Sciences

Easy Does It 2
Fluency Activities for School-Aged Stutterers

Barbara A Heinze & Kadin L. Johnson

Includes: Therapy Manual & Materials Manual
Skill Area: Fluency
Interest Level: 2nd thru 8th grade
Reading Level: Non-readers thru 3.5

Purpose and Philosophy of the Program
Easy Does It 2  provides the speech-language clinician with guidelines and materials for planning therapy for the 7-13 year old student with a fluency disorder. Question and answer sections and home activities are also provided. The program itself is based on several basic principles. First, students in the 7-13 year range need to confront their fluency problem directly in order to learn how to establish more fluent speech. Second, much learning takes place through modeling, therefore students need to be shown, not just told, what to do. Third, 7-13 year olds must develop and maintain positive attitudes toward themselves, toward others, toward stuttering, and toward speech in general. Finally, these students need to take responsibility for their improvement. Suggestions are provided for involving them in all aspects of therapy, from selecting goals and planning activities, to self-monitoring and reinforcing.

Description of Goals,Objectives, and Activities
Phase 1: Preparing for Fluency
The goal of this phase is to prepare the student for the therapy process.
Phase 2: Distinguishing Fluency from Stuttering
The goal of this phase is to teach the student to recognize the differences between fluent speech (with easy disfluencies) and stuttering.
Phase 3: Establishing Fluency
The goal of this phase is to teach the student to use slow, easy speech in structured activities
Phase 4: Desensitizing to Fluency Disrupters
The goal of this phase is to teach the student to be aware of possible disrupters to fluency and that he can learn to cope with these pressures without losing his fluency.
Phase 5: Transferring Fluency
The goal of this phase is to teach the student to transfer slow, easy speech from structured tasks to real-life situations.
Phase 6: Maintaining Fluency
The goal of this phase is to help the student maintain the use of slow, easy speech, while systematically decreasing the frequency of direct therapy contacts.