Defining and Measuring Normal Fluency What is normal fluency? What are its characteristics, and how do we measure it? As professionials who claim an interest in fluency and its disorders, it is surprising that we have few clear answers to these questions. Consider that for other aspects of communication, such as language (e.g., Brown, ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2007
Defining and Measuring Normal Fluency
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  • Patrick Finn
    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
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Article   |   August 01, 2007
Defining and Measuring Normal Fluency
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2007, Vol. 17, 14-17. doi:10.1044/ffd17.2.14
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2007, Vol. 17, 14-17. doi:10.1044/ffd17.2.14
What is normal fluency? What are its characteristics, and how do we measure it? As professionials who claim an interest in fluency and its disorders, it is surprising that we have few clear answers to these questions. Consider that for other aspects of communication, such as language (e.g., Brown, 1973) and phonology (e.g., Smit, Hand, Freilinger, Bernthal, & Bird, 1990), there appear to be more certain answers concerning normalcy. Yet for a characteristic such as fluency, which has been described as the “barometer for the entire speech system” (Perkins, 1971, p. 92), we know little.
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