Clinical Nuggets: Fluency Toolboxes and Beyond The term fluency tool has been used extensively to refer to specific fluency shaping and stuttering modification target behaviors that provide the client with his/her own individual set of skills that facilitate more fluent communication.Bennett (1995)  used visual imagery in her adaptation of the House that Jack Built in ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2002
Clinical Nuggets: Fluency Toolboxes and Beyond
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  • Irving Wollman
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
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Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Clinical Nuggets
Article   |   December 01, 2002
Clinical Nuggets: Fluency Toolboxes and Beyond
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 25-26. doi:10.1044/ffd12.3.25-a
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 25-26. doi:10.1044/ffd12.3.25-a
The term fluency tool has been used extensively to refer to specific fluency shaping and stuttering modification target behaviors that provide the client with his/her own individual set of skills that facilitate more fluent communication.Bennett (1995)  used visual imagery in her adaptation of the House that Jack Built in order to facilitate the use of fluency tools using a house–building analogy. This strategy helped to facilitate new learning and skill set development through a visual referent. Similarly, Allen and Emerson (2002)  used a “toolbox” construct to develop associative relationships between fluency targets and analogous referent items typically cited in fluency development programs for young children (Runyan & Runyan, 1986; Fosnot & Woodford, 1992; Pindzola, 1987). In their work, Allen and Emerson used items such as a turtle and an elephant to “symbolize ways to talk.” Their young client then constructed a toolbox (from a shoebox) in which these items could be carried and used as reminders.
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