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From: Florence Myers
Date: 21 Apr 2010
Time: 20:37:55 -0500
Remote Name: 184.108.40.206
With youngsters I might use a visual, a simple dial that can be pointed toward 60 mph, 70 mph, etc. I do not measure the syllables per second as we would be doing in our research project. The speedometer as a clinical device is centered on the notion that typically 60 MPH is "average" speed (like a rating scale). I once asked a five year old child who cluttered to rate his speech rate on a five-point rating scale, so that 4 is "fast" and 5 is "very fast." Astoundingly, he looked straight in my eyes and asked if by "fast" I mean fast relative to his own speech or to that of others. He said "what's fast for me is very fast for others." Astounding insight for a 5-year-old.