Activities to promote fluency

  • Fluency Activities

    7 Tips for talking with your child

    1. Speak with your child in an unhurried way, pausing frequently. Wait a few seconds after your child finishes speaking before you begin to speak. Your own slow, relaxed speech will be far more effective than any criticism or advice such as “slow down” or “try it again slowly.”

    2. Reduce the number of questions you ask your child. Instead of asking questions, simply comment on what your child has said.

    3. Use your facial expressions and other body language to convey to your child that you are listening to the content of her message and not to how she’s talking.

    4. Set aside a few minutes at a regular time each day when you can give your undivided attention to your child. This quiet, calm time can be a confidence-builder for younger children.

    5. Help all members of the family learn to take turns talking and listening. Children, especially those who stutter, find it much easier to talk when there are few interruptions.

    6. Observe the way you interact with your child. Try to increase those times that give your child the message that you are listening to her and she has plenty of time to talk.

    7. Above all, convey that you accept your child as he is. The most powerful force will be your support of him, whether he stutters or not.  Compiled by Barry Guitar, Ph.D., University of Vermont, and Edward G. Conture, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


    Activities to practice Smooth Speech:

    I Spy Book or game

         As your child is looking for the objects to be found, ask him/her some simple questions. Encourage your child to use smooth speech during this game.

    Guesstures or Password

       Since these games have a time pressure, it is a challenge for the child to use a slow rate while giving clues. Adapt the Guesstures game to use words to provide clues instead of gestures.

    Alphabet game (similar to Scattegories)

       Find a picture with al ot of activity in it (or an I Spy book) . Pick a letter of the alphabet and set the timer.   Each person has to find as many objects in the picture that begin with that letter. Put up a barrier so no one can see the other person's list. When the time is up, have your child read their answer using smooth speech. If the same word is listed for  a certain letter, it must be crossed out. Points are given for each word and additional points can be given for using smooth speech successfully.

    Twenty Questions

    Find an object in the room. The child must figure out the object by asking questions that can be answered yes or no.

    Word and Category Game
    Another travel version of this is the family or group decides the boundaries, such as that it has to be something you can see outside (or inside) the car and the person who is "it" says, "I'm thinking of something that's yellow (or another color)...", and then the group proceeds to take turns asking questions, such as "Is it large? Is it the sun? Is it that highway sign"?, etc. This continues until it is guessed and then another person takes a turn.