Fluency refers to a student's speed, smoothness, and ease of oral reading. Fluent readers read more quickly and smoothly. Stuttering affects the fluency of speech.
Syllable-timed speech Syllable-timed speech techniques (STS) like the Westmead Program have been used for hundreds of years. The technique works by saying each syllable with equal stress to a rhythmic beat like a robot. The Westmead Program differs from older STS treatments as it doesn’t require any props such as a metronomes maintain the beat; the child doesn’t have to speak very slowly in a monotone voice or pre-programmed steps that start … [Read more...]