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“Easy Does It” for Fluency Preschool/Primary Roseman & Johnson (1998). Emily Meadows Katia Rinehart. Program Focus. Combined approach Main focus on Fluency Shaping and emotions (desensitization) Do not directly modify stuttering Designed for borderline/beginning children who stutter

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“Easy Does It” for FluencyPreschool/PrimaryRoseman & Johnson (1998)

Emily Meadows

Katia Rinehart

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Program Focus

  • Combined approach

    • Main focus on Fluency Shaping and emotions (desensitization)

    • Do not directly modify stuttering

  • Designed for borderline/beginning children who stutter

  • Ages 2-6

  • Not a rigid framework– room for individualization

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Underlying Theories

  • Motor:

    • Using slow easy speech decreases motoric demands

  • Psychosocial:

    • Addresses child temperament, interaction with the family and clinician, desensitization, and the influence of a positive attitude on the child’s ability to adapt

  • Linguistic

    • Vocabulary arranged in ascending complexity

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Frequency of Intervention

  • Flexible to child’s needs

  • 1-2 hours a week in intervention setting

  • Home activities dependent of level of parental involvement

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Slow, Easy Speech

  • Slowing the rate of speech

  • Using relaxed speech

    • Light contacts (consonants)

    • Easy onsets (vowels)

  • “Smooth,” forward flowing

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Basic Principles

  • Modeling:

    • Indirect for preschooler, Direct for early elementary

  • Hierarchies:

    • Words, phrases, sentences

    • Increase grammatical complexity

  • Positive attitudes

    • “I had fun playing, even if I didn’t win.”

    • “Everyone makes mistakes!”

  • Family involvement

    • Observe, participate, home activities

  • Language enrichment

    • Provides language stimulation through tasks

  • Child responsibility: Early elementary only

    • Self Evaluation, identifying speech

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Phase One

  • Establishment of easy speech

    • “I can be fluent”

      • Singing

      • Nursery rhymes

      • Talking in unison

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Phase Two

  • Establishing easy speech

    • Produce words, phrases, and sentences using easy speech in structured modeling tasks

      • Imitate words, phrases, sentences:

        Clinician “Say what I say: ‘Fish.’”

        Child “Fish.”

      • Carrier sentences:

        “I pick a card, I got a _____.”

      • Ask and answer questions:

        “Who needs it?” “I need it.”

      • Formulate:

        Clinician “Tell me about a fish.”

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Presence of:

People (parents, siblings, peers)

Verbal and nonverbal noise (talking, tapping pen, music)

Movement (while building with blocks or coloring)

Interruptions (sudden noises)

Variety of locations (door open, new room, hallway)

Contradictions (clinician disagrees with child)

Time pressures (“We have to hurry up.”)

Emotional topics (“It makes me mad when…”)

Competition (“Oh, I’m getting close to winning!”)


Phase Three

Desensitizing to Fluency Disruptors

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Phase Four

  • Transferring Fluency

    • Slow easy speech while:

      • Informing (Sharing information)

      • Controlling (Ask for help)

      • Ritualizing (Familiar routines)

      • Expressing feelings

      • Imagining (Taking on another role. e.g. teacher, waiter)

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Phase Five

  • Maintaining fluency

    • Use easy speech as direct therapy contacts are reduced (not as much practice)

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Pros Vs Cons

  • Pros

    • Program can be individualized for child

    • Child can move through the program at their own rate

    • Combined approach

      • Flexible: allows room for both fluency shaping and stuttering modification techniques

      • “Best of both worlds”

    • Materials are all included and can be photocopied/cut out

    • Includes a CDrom

    • Easy to follow (user friendly)

    • Evidence based practice

      • Clinical expertise of the author

      • Successful response of the client

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Pros Vs Cons

  • Cons

    • Black and white materials (need to be colored)

    • Manual is useful in providing materials, but provides little direction or explanation for the clinician

    • Evidence based practice:

      • Has not been researched in the literature

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  • We recommend using “Easy Does It” Preschool/Primary for children ages 2-6

  • The individual needs of the child should be taken into account.