Real-Time Analysis of Speech Fluency Procedures and Reliability Training Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   May 01, 1998
Real-Time Analysis of Speech Fluency
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • J. Scott Yaruss
    University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Contact author: J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, 4033 Forbes Tower, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   May 01, 1998
Real-Time Analysis of Speech Fluency
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1998, Vol. 7, 25-37. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0702.25
History: Received July 14, 1997 , Accepted March 9, 1998
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1998, Vol. 7, 25-37. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0702.25
History: Received July 14, 1997; Accepted March 9, 1998

Many authors have suggested that it is possible for clinicians to collect basic data regarding their client's speech fluency on-line, or in real time, while the client is speaking. Unfortunately, the literature contains relatively little in the way of detailed instructions on exactly how such data should be collected. This article provides specific instructions for real-time collection of information about the frequency and types of speech disfluencies produced by individuals who stutter. The paper also outlines procedures for training students and clinicians to use this technique reliably and accurately and proposes tolerance limits for determining whether frequency counts are sufficiently reliable for clinical use.

Author Note
This manuscript was prepared while the author was on the faculty of Northwestern University, and the author would like to thank the MA students at Northwestern University for their enthusiastic response to the training procedures.
The author is also grateful to Marc Fey, Nan Bernstein Ratner, and an anonymous reviewer for their insightful reviews of an earlier draft of the manuscript, and particularly to Robert Quesal for his review and numerous discussions about the measurement procedures and tolerance limits.
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