Add a tactile element to your fluency therapy with these unique mats. The straight ribbon represents fluent/smooth speech, while the knotted ribbon represents disfluent/bumpy speech.
These fluency touch mats have been a game changer for some of my fluency students! Before incorporating this tool into therapy, students sometimes struggled to grasp what I meant by "smooth" and "bumpy" speech. Now, they are able to consistently identify my "smooth" and "bumpy" speech, as well as their own! Running their finger along the smooth ribbon serves as a great tactile cue to produce speech that is smooth and fluent, using whichever fluency enhancing strategies work for them.
Ideas for use:
-Use the mats as a teaching tool when first explaining fluent vs. disfluent speech. Have your students run their finger along each ribbon to feel the difference.
-Demonstrate each type of speech by running your finger along the ribbons as you speak. When demonstrating disfluent speech, pseudo-stutter when you get to each knot in the ribbon.
-Practice identifying each type of speech by running your finger along the corresponding ribbon when you or the student produces a fluent or disfluent utterance.
Let's be honest - fluency therapy is not the easiest type of therapy for many SLPs. It makes sense to use as many different modalities and teaching tools as possible to help our students understand and improve their speech. Consider adding a Fluency Touch Mat to your toolkit today!
Mats are made of polyester felt and ribbon. They measure approximately 9" x 4" and are machine washable.
The color you will receive may or may not match those shown in the pictures. If you have a specific request (i.e. you want a certain combination of colors), please contact me under the “Ask a Question” tab in my store and I will let you know if I can accommodate your request.
*All of my hard good products are handmade by me in my smoke-free and pet-free home.*