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Fluency Disorder - Do's and Don'ts


Fluency disorder of speech disorder can be corrected with early intervention, diagnosis and management. Read on to know more about the fluency disorder and the dos and don’ts for parents of child coping with fluency disorder.


What is Fluency?

Fluency refers to the continuous, free flowing speech with appropriate rate, rhythm and information. It helps in effective communication.

A fluency disorder is when the forward flow of speech is interrupted by hesitations or repetitions or prolongations or hard attacks and/or silent blocks.

Often during the developmental stages a child goes through a period of normal non- fluencies. If given required help at this time, a lot of anxiety and emotional disturbances could be reduced.

At this stage, parents play an important role in the child’s life. With professional help and guidance from a Speech Language Pathologist they would be able to ease the fluency of the child’s speech.


Do’s

  • Listen to what your child says not the way he says.
  • Let the child feel relaxed.
  • Reinforce him positively.
  • Make the verbal experience enjoyable.
  • Give him opportunities to speak.
  • Decrease pressures.
  • Provide an appropriate speech model.


Don’ts

  • Do not make him aware.
  • Avoid correcting his speech.
  • Do not punish the child for his speech.
  • Resist finishing his words.
  • Avoid negative reactions, both verbal and non verbal.
  • Don’t give any suggestions such as “speak slowly” or “Take your time and speak.”
  • Don’t suggest substitution of a difficult word by an easy one.
  • Decrease demand for verbal performance.

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Aruna.2 years ago
My 6 years son facing shuttering ....give some suggestions how to over come ?
 
 
 
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Ritesh.4 years ago
Take care of your child with love and support while providing your complete attention on him or her to overcome fluency problem. My son had the same problem and we were wondering whether he would study. He is doing really great in his Orchids International School. Teachers also helped him to improve his verbal communication.
 
 
 
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Isha.5 years ago
Fluency disorder is completely treatable. Parental love and support can help in treatment. Instead of criticizing, parents should be more supportive of even minor improvements and efforts.
 
 
 
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Kaira Sawhney.5 years ago
Very good article. The do's and don'ts are great. If one diligently follows these then one would be able to correct this disorder.
 
 
 
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Amar Chibber.5 years ago
Many kids suffer from fluency disorder. I always thought that this was as a result of some complex feeling or insecurity. nice to read the article.
 
 
 
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