The Effect of Positive Reinforcement on Fluency: Two Case Studies The use of positive reinforcement for 30-second intervals of speech fluency resulted in a marked decrease in the number of disfluencies demonstrated by two third-grade male stutterers. The program was accomplished in a public school setting during short sessions, with a minimum of equipment. A follow-up session one month after ... Case Study
Case Study  |   January 01, 1977
The Effect of Positive Reinforcement on Fluency: Two Case Studies
 
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  • Alice Peters is a speech and language clinician for East Maine School District #63, Niles, Illinois. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at 265 South Warrington Road, Des Plaines, Illinois 60016.
    Alice Peters is a speech and language clinician for East Maine School District #63, Niles, Illinois. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at 265 South Warrington Road, Des Plaines, Illinois 60016.×
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Case Study
Case Study   |   January 01, 1977
The Effect of Positive Reinforcement on Fluency: Two Case Studies
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1977, Vol. 8, 15-22. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0801.15
History: Received August 15, 1975 , Accepted January 26, 1976
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1977, Vol. 8, 15-22. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0801.15
History: Received August 15, 1975; Accepted January 26, 1976

The use of positive reinforcement for 30-second intervals of speech fluency resulted in a marked decrease in the number of disfluencies demonstrated by two third-grade male stutterers. The program was accomplished in a public school setting during short sessions, with a minimum of equipment. A follow-up session one month after the study, as well as subjective reports of parents and teachers, indicated maintenance of fluency at better than base-rate levels.

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