Dysfluency, more commonly known as “stuttering”, is usually more than a motor issue. It is a complex condition whose cause isn’t completely understood. Many speech-language pathologists use a framework called the CALMS Model to look at the dynamics of stuttering. This includes evaluating the following processes:
- Cognitive – Addresses the thoughts, perceptions, and awareness a person has about stuttering
- Affectinve – Involves the emotions and attitudes an individual has towards their fluency
- Linguistic – The level of fluency as a result of the complexity of the language task
- Motor – Regarding the sensory and motor control someone has over their speech movements
- Social – Someone’s fluency can change in different situations or around different people
VocoVision is a great way to work with fluency issues, as many techniques used by on-site therapists translate well to Teletherapy. Additionally, there may be even more resources available in this type of setting. Advantages such as online and multimedia tools help target cognitive, affective, motor and social processes related to stuttering. Also, parents and other family members can more easily become an active part of the team and understand the changing affective and social factors if therapy is delivered in the home via VocoVision.