Fluency Disorders

Fluency Disorder is a communication disorder whereby an individual has difficulty in speaking in a rhythm or flow. Along with not being able to maintain the fluidity, if the individual has difficulty completing words or part of the words or prolongation of words it is known as stuttering. Therapies of the Rockies provide treatment for fluency disorders with the great help of our highly trained and qualified staff.

Treatment is essential as the dysfluencies may change from time to time, being aggravated at some points while not on others. They may cause hindrance in places where the situation involves pressure thus triggering anxiety. An example of such a situation will be when one knows the answer but shies away from answering it in fear of stuttering.

Adult services

Some children who have been given proper treatment in the past may experience stuttering later in their life i.e. adulthood. This is due to the fact that reoccurrence is uncertain in a child who has completely recovered from speech therapy in the past. An adult or a child of older age may experience themselves in situations that are embarrassing due to their inability to maintain the flow of their speech. They find themselves helpless and being unable to escape from such situations can put them in an awkward situation.

There are many types of fluency disorders and their treatment at Therapies at Rockies varies differently as we understand the individual attention requirement each type needs. Most programs focus on the behavior of the individual. Following are some important points to help you understand it better:

  • Cluttering: A disturbance in fluency with bursts of speech, bad grammatical structure of sentences and rapid rate of speech. Individuals are usually unaware of their problem thus can be thought of as a neurological disorder the cause is unknown. Treatment includes role playing exercises, story-telling, turn-taking practice and other such exercises to improve oral-motor coordination.
  • Neurogenic stuttering: It is usually caused by trauma, injury or disease. It involves blocks, repetitions and prolongations. It is treated by anti-seizure drugs or surgery.
  • Psychogenic stuttering: May not be caused by neurological factors. Psychological effect after event. Includes repetition of syllables. Treatment usually requires emotional support and family or group therapy is used.
  • Dysarthria and Palilalia are usually confused with stuttering but have different symptoms each.
  • Mentally retarded (IQ 70 or below): Stuttering is more prevalent in such individuals. They usually prolong or repeat syllables. But they also show signs of cluttering because of their hurried speech patterns and insufficient vocabulary.

We have established that stuttering affects the quality of life of an individual and that Therapies at the Rockies provides the best treatment for fluency disorders thus an action needs to be taken as soon as possible. Adults are usually shy, vulnerable and it is difficult for them to accept change but Therapies at the Rockies provides them the right care and need by our highly trained and qualified staff. They become a voice for such striving adults by becoming their voice and by listening to them through their voice.