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College of Education & Human Sciences

Fluency Criterion Program for Young Children
A Stuttering Management System

Janice Pechter Herring

Skill Area: Fluency
Age Range: Grades K-3

Purpose of the Program
According to the author, by using the Fluency Criterion Program for Young Children, a speech-language clinician can teach stuttering children to produce consistently fluent speech in an average of 25 sessions. The goal is to develop and maintain fluent speech in a variety of speaking tasks. This is accomplished by retraining the client's breathing, awareness of articulators, production of vowels and consonants, and phrasing. Each client recognizes, develops, and perfects five target behaviors. They include using a full breath to sustain a short sentence, easy onset in initiating sound for words beginning with vowels, continuous speech to eliminate choppiness between words, light contact when producing initial consonant sounds, and phrasing groups of words together by meaning or syntactic boundaries. This process gives clients understanding of their own dysfluencies and systematic strategies for managing them.

Components of the Program
1. Training Tape: Training tape is included to demonstrate three of the five fluency targets, full breath, easy onset and continuous speech.
2. Picture Cards: Contains 72 black-and-white line drawings, which are included as reproducible sheets and as flash cards. These picture cards depict stimuli to practice the light contact target and can be used with nonreaders in place of the written stimulus lists for this target.
3. Practice Sheets: They contain commonly used words and phrases. Using these sheets, the client learns to anticipate potential fluency problems and to choose which targets to use in overcoming them.
4. Recordkeeping Charts: Program includes reproducible Dysfluency Rate and Syllable Rate Baseline Charts to monitor the client's progress.