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Special Education & Communication Disorders

College of Education & Human Sciences

Systematic Fluency Training for Young Children

Richard E. Shine

Skill Area: Fluency
Age Range: Preschool - 3rd grade
Materials: Program manual, audio tape, small toy box, picture stimuli

Purpose of the Program
Systematic Fluency Training For Young Children is based on two premises: the importance of early intervention and the modification of physiological speech patterns necessary to attain fluency. The authors rationale behind this approach is based on contemporary research data on the speech physiology and neurology of stuttering which suggest that stuttering may best be understood as a coordinative disorder, involving disruption of prosodic patterns, physiologic speaking patterns, auditory processing, neurologic processing, and temporal programming. Training and materials are provided for a comprehensive formal assessment as well as a step by step program for fluency training.

Overview of Contents

Section 1: History of the Stuttering Problem
Section 2: Rate of Stuttering
Section 3: Severity Rating
Section 4: Comprehensive Stuttering Analysis
Section 5: Physiological Speaking Processes
Section 6: Description of Struggle Behaviors

Fluency Training:
Picture Selection for Monosyllabic Words
Determining Fluent Speaking Mode: Whispered or Prolonged
Establishing the Easy Speaking Voice
Environmental Program
Picture Identification, Story Book, Picture Matching and Surprise Box