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fluency shaping

Fluency shaping therapy is usually based on operant conditioning and programming principles; e.g., breath stream management, successive approximations, reinforcement of fluency targets such as fluency enhancing behaviors, etc. Some form of fluency is first established in a controlled stimulus situation. This fluency is reinforced and gradually modified to approximate normal conversational speech in the clinical setting. This speech is then transferred to the person's daily speaking environment.

Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)

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