Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)
Clinical programs that strive to teach fluency (e.g., normal fluency, controlled fluency) teach the stutterer to engage in certain behaviors that should result in the desired fluent speech, (Clinical programs that attempt to teach the stuttering to modify the severity and form of the stuttering also teach behavioral skills, but do so in a different way and for a different purpose.) Although different clinicians and researchers have used different terms to describe them, many of the fluency targets are highly similar, if not identical. Examples of fluency targets include FEBS (fluency enhancing behaviors), FIGS (fluency initiating gestures), continuous phonation (stretched sylables), gentle onset, and light contact.