In many stuttering programs for children – particularly the Lidcombe Program – we talk about smooth and bumpy speech. “Bumpiness” is a great way of describing sound, syllable and word repetitions and blocks to little kids. But what about those children for whom prolongations – getting stuck on sounds and holding them for looooonger than uuuuusual – are the main feature of their stuttering?
This simple social story is designed to be used for those children who prolong sounds and are doing the Westmead Program (also known as Robot Talking or syllable timed speech). It encourages them to help themselves by switching to robot talking whenever they find their words are getting too “stretchy” (i.e. whenever their prolongations get in the way of them expressing their thoughts and feelings). It also encourages Mum and Dad to help out by cueing robot speech when prolongations get in the way of their child’s speech.
Cheryl Andrews and her colleagues from the Australian Stuttering Research Centre, have just published the results of their Phase II trial of a syllable-timed speech treatment for school-aged children who stutter. Our blog article about it can be accessed here.