Fluency Information

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  • Fluency can be thought of simply as a speaker's effortless flow of speech.
    • Stuttering/Dysfluency is the condition in which the flow of speech is broken by abnormal blocks (no sound), repetitions (st-st-stuttering), or prolongations (ssssstuttering) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak.
    • Cause: We still do not know for a fact what causes stuttering.  It may have different causes in different people, or it may only occur when a combination of factors comes together.  Possible influences include incoordination of the speech muscles; rate of language development; the way parents and others talk to the child; and other forms of communication and life stress.
    • Assessment includes:
      • Frequency of prolongations, repetitions, blocks
      • Secondary characteristics - physical behaviors, avoidance, frustration
      • Rate of speech
      • Effect on communication / education

v     In order to qualify for any speech/language services, the speech/language impairment must have an impact on the student's educational performance.

v    Please follow the special education process for referral for services by clicking this link.