Use the fluency techniques below to work on your child's fluency skills. Please refer to the "Language Activities" page on this webpage and use the literature unit acitvites to practice the techniques. Concentrate on 2 techniques per day.
Light contact = producing the initial sounds of words that are plosives in manner — /b, p, d, t, g, k/ — these sounds are produced very gently. Light productions improve fluency due to less tension being involved.
Slower speech rates = slowing down the rate of speech may improve fluency.
Relaxed breath patterns = producing deep breaths vs. shallow breaths vs. full breaths and coordinating air flow will increase awareness of how respirations play a role in fluency.
Easy onset = producing initial sounds of words that are not plosives (vowels, fricatives /z, s, v, f, sh, th, h/ nasals /n, m/ and liquid /l/ also in an easy and gentle way.
Pausing = This technique involves creating natural breaths, allowing for pausing that is indicated for improving fluency.
Sliding = producing the initial sounds of words that are produced in a continuous in manner — /s, f, l, m, n, r, h, z/ — this is a strategy that involves the stretching of the sound during actual stuttering moment, allowing speech to keep flowing.