Fluency and Voice
What is Fluency?
Fluency is the students ability to produce smooth, forward flowing speech with minimal to no effort. When a student demonstrates disfluencies we can often classify them into several categories including:
Blockage: Periods of silence when a student is attempting to force a word out.
Prolongation: When a student prolongs a vowel or consonant within the word they are trying to produce.
Interjection: When a student uses words as fillers that do not necessarily belong within their speech (e.g. like, uh, um).
Repetition: When a student repeats a word many times before moving onto the next word within their speech.
When a student produces disfluencies they can often be referred to as stuttering.
What is Voice?
Voice refers to the sound in which we use to produce speech.
This can include: intonation, pitch and quality of the sound.