This simple social story is designed to help children undertaking treatment for childhood stuttering to focus on what matters: their speech fluency.
For instance, sometimes, children doing the Lidcombe Program have difficulty understanding what they are being praised for. They might mistakenly think they are being rewarded for “getting the answer right”, winning the game, being clever, or even funny. This can be an obstacle to effective treatment, especially if it encourages behaviours that are have nothing to do with speech fluency.
This simple illustrated story, written in third person and featuring our fluency legends Justice the Ninja and Arden the Warrior Princess, is designed to give parents, teachers and speech-language pathologists a way of raising and talking openly about what bumpiness and smooth talking are, the importance of practising every day, and why stuttering is not the child’s fault.