Language Analysis : Speech Fluency

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Fluency Case Study
Speech fluency is a term which describes both objective measures of speech such as rate and subjective measures of naturalness of speech. Stuttering is diagnosed when disfluencies are present as a type and frequency more than typical, interfering with verbal expression (Guitar, 2014, p. 6-8). Under consideration is case study consisting of a four-minute video speech sample in which a young male who appears to be early school-age demonstrates disfluencies presenting as stuttering.

Assessment of Components of Stuttering
The components of stuttering are typically categorized as (a) core behaviors which are the basic speech behaviors of stuttering itself (b) secondary behaviors which are responses to the core behaviors, and (c) feelings and attitudes of the person who stutters in response to the stuttering. The three core behaviors of stuttering are considered to be repetitions, prolongations, and blocks (Van Riper, 1982). Repetitions include various forms such as repeating a whole-word, a phrase, or a partial-word. In this case the client uttered several whole-word, phrase, and part-word repetitions such as “I’m…I’m…I’m gonna try to um um to to to not be sick.” and “e…e…even” and “l..l..like,” with part-word repetitions especially notable as stuttering-like disfluencies (Guitar, 2014, p. 8-9).
Prolongations during which the sound continues but the articulators stop moving, were heard in utterances such as “a ffffingernail,” and “I’ll take thhhis long.”…
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