Welcome back to our series on report writing. Today, we are going to talk about fluency assessment tables that autocalculate. Check out our first post in the series on setting up a report template.
Let’s face it. Fluency assessments take some time. We need multiple samples from different contexts (e.g. conversational samples, reading samples, …) and then we need to identify and code the disfluencies. Then we need to calculate the frequency of the disfluencies. When we use a fluency assessment calculator that auto calculates, we save bundles of time. Here’s my approach.
Once my language samples are transcribed, I copy them and paste them into my fluency section. I then listen through my recording again to be sure I capture the disfluencies accurately. I use the following coding system:
I end up with something that looks like this:
Then I can use the FIND function in word to search for each code. As I search, they get highlighted and are easy to count quickly.
Then I open my Fluency Calculator for Speech Samples and plug in my numbers.
And that’s it for fluency templates! Before I leave the topic of stuttering, however, I want to acknowledge that fluency assessments and fluency therapy does not solely address the disfluency. With evidence-based practices and humanity on our side, we need to address the Affective (Feelings & attitudes), Behavioral (Avoidance, tension, struggle) and Cognitive (Thoughts, self-evaluation) (Yaruss, 2006) aspects of a person’s fluency.
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