|About the presenter: Melissa M. Potemra works at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. She received her bachelor's degree from Auburn University and her master's degree from MUSC. Melissa also studied under Alice Anne Farley, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD. She sees a variety of fluency patients from pediatric to adults and hopes to one day pursue a specialty certification in fluency disorders.|
The purpose of speech pacing, as we all know, is rate reduction. The problem I encounter is that children don't often understand the term "slow down." Even if they do, they have an enormous difficulty applying it to everyday speaking. In addition, it is difficult for the parents to remind their children every time they speak to "slow down." However, I found that the "dot talking" exercise gives kids and parents a fun and practical way to reduce rapid speech rate.
Adapted from Alice Anne Farley's Color Me Fluent program, I set out a series of approximately 4 dots (stickers, poker chips, etc) in front of both myself and the child.
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