About the presenter: Diane Games, M.A. is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist and co-owner of Tri-County Speech Associates Inc., a private practice in the Cincinnati area. She is a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders and part of the Initial Cadre of fluency specialists. Professional activities have included the presidency of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and honors of OSLHA in 1994. She also teaches a graduate level course in Fluency and Fluency Disorders at Miami University. She has presented several workshops on the treatment of fluency disorders and has coordinated the Fluency Friday Plus project in the Cincinnati area for the lastsix years.

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Time Pressure Power Point

by Diane Games
from Cincinnati, OH

Children and teens who stutter frequently develop reactions to difficult speaking situations. These reactions from children/teens who stutter vary, but probably are a consequence of having past negative experiences with stuttering in similar speaking situations. Time Pressure is a fact of life for all communicators. However, students who stutter find communication situations which cause them to rush or be interrupted quickly become "feared" interactions.

Treatment activities need to focus on these challenging communication interactions that are so important to the child/teen. Daily communication interactions that cause a speaker to react quickly are problematic for the person who stutters. The child/teen needs to understand these tough speaking situations and learn tools to manage communication during times of high stress.

This PowerPoint presentation was developed over a period of several months. The students on my caseload helped with the wording and the development of the slides. In addition, each child created a slide describing his/her Time Pressure situations, emotional reactions and suggestions for handling these speaking situations. The slides were periodically shared with others on the caseload.

The value of PowerPoint presentations is the flexibility allowed in creating a presentation. In addition to being highly motivating for the clients, the presentations can be revisited and adjusted as the child proceeds through treatment. The slides developed by each child/teen are shared with other students and provides a means of communicating with others who have the same issues.

Attached is a copy of the original Time Pressure slide presentation along with several slides developed by my students.

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August 15, 2007
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