Fluency Assessment: Tasks, Tips and Tools

1 hour

Course Type: Video

As speech-language pathologists, we perform fluency assessments far less frequently than we do assessments of language or articulation. In this presentation, I’ll share some of the tasks I include in my fluency assessment, tips for analysis and goal settings, and a cool tool I created to speed up your analysis.

Early in my career I did fluency analyses so seldom that my approach was not at all systematic, and I didn’t have a sense of whether I was including all that I needed to include in my analysis. I also didn’t have a good system for categorizing disfluencies or an efficient way of calculating them. There are certainly a number of approaches out there in the field, and I won’t cover every aspect of or trend in fluency assessment in this workshop but I will share information to help you conduct a thorough fluency evaluation with a systematic approach that will yield the information you need to set appropriate goals for your client.

Participants will be able to:
Describe 3 important pieces of background information that inform the assessment process.
Describe 3 important tasks to incorporate to complete a thorough assessment.
Use a coding system to describe the different types of stuttering and non-stuttering disfluencies.
Describe cutoff points for those considered people who stutter and those who do not.
Use a fluency calculator to facilitate the analysis of disfluencies.

Time-ordered agenda

5 minutes: Introduction and Disclosures
10 minutes: Gathering and evaluating the information that inform the assessment process
20 minutes: Assessment Tasks
15 minutes: Analysis of Speech Samples
5 minutes: Dynamic Assessment/Trial Therapy
5 minutes: Conclusion and Questions

FINANCIAL: Ellen Kester, Ph.D, CCC-SLP is the founder and owner of Bilinguistics and receives a salary. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses.

NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Ellen Kester does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.


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