Saturday, October 5, 2013

Fluency Toolbox for Stuttering

Hi all!

I'm excited to write about a resource I started using/making graphics for last school year, but finally felt it was ready to share on the blog:

The Fluency Toolbox for Stuttering

You can find it in my TpT store here
and here's how I use it:

I use the toolbox as a visual when I teach fluency strategies to my students. We aren't curing stuttering, but we are giving them a toolbox full of strategies that they can learn to use and apply to improve their fluency.

When we learn a strategy, we add the tool to the box. At the beginning of each session, we choose a tool (or a combination of tools) that we are going to focus on for the day. The tool sits in front of them and serves as a nice visual reminder of what we're working on during activities.

To give the kids ownership of their toolbox and express their fluency style, they can choose a toolbox in red, green, purple, pink, blue, or yellow!

There are several strategies out there to target fluency. The strategies I included in the packet are some of the most commonly used across many different intervention programs (Healey & Scott, 1995).The strategies included and described in this toolbox are:
  • cancellations
  • pull-outs
  • full breath
  • stretchy beginning
  • natural pauses
  • rate control
  • slow smooth & easy speech
  • breath and speech together
  • language planning
  • talk in short sentences
  • easy onsets & easy beginnings (same strategy just different lingo)
  • light contacts
  • continuous voicing
  • preparatory sets &
  • fake stuttering

A printer-friendly black and white version is also included. The kids can easily color their own tools!

Toolbox Assembly:
  • Cut out the toolboxes
  • Cut an opening on the solid black line to create the opening:

  • Staple the toolbox onto an 8.5x11 sheet of paper

  • Trim around the toolbox, removing the extra white paper
  • Cut out the tools & add them to the toolbox as they are taught

And that's it!  Also included is an entire set of blank tools in my TpT product so clinicians can add any other additional strategies!

And there you have it! What tools have you found helpful with your students? I would love to hear!

Thanks for checking in!
Mrs. Ludwig

Healey, C. & Scott, L. (1995). Strategies for Treating Elementary School-Age Children Who Stutter: And Integrative Approach. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 26, 151-161.

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