Assessing Fluency in Pediatric Clients

Assessing Fluency in Pediatric Clients  

Children with fluency disorders are typically referred to a speech-language pathologist for a comprehensive assessment. This course will discuss the types of childhood fluency disorders including clinical characteristics, causes, and overall impact on communication and behavior. Information will be provided regarding selection of appropriate assessment tools, including standardized measures, based on the child’s individual characteristics. Interpretation of evaluation results will be reviewed with discussion of how to use these findings to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


Relias LLC

Introductory Level; Professional Area Level

0.10 ASHA CEUs

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-AFPC
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 11/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Recognize the impact of fluency disorders on a child’s daily function.
Outline how to evaluate children with fluency disorders.
Identify the most appropriate assessment tool based on client characteristics.
Interpret assessment results to formulate a treatment plan.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: Childhood Fluency

Typical Development in Fluency

Signs and Symptoms of Fluency Disorders

Causes and Impacts of Fluency Disorders in Children



Section 3: Evaluation of Childhood Fluency Disorders

Components of the Fluency Evaluation

Case History

SLP Observation

Standardized Assessment

Assessing Stimulability

Other Communication Comorbidities

Interpreting Formal Test Scores

Interpreting Informal Data



Section 4: Evaluation and Intervention

Analyzing and Reporting Assessment Results

Developing a Treatment Plan



Section 5: Clinical Vignette


Section 6: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Instructor: Ashley W. Downs, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ashley is a speech-language pathologist in NC who provides diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and cognitive disorders to both geriatric and pediatric populations across a variety of settings. She is licensed by the N.C. Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and has her national certification from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Ashley is passionate about empowering patients and caregivers to effectively communicate and supporting functional communication for all people. Disclosure: Ashley W. Downs, M.S., CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Staff Writer: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Introductory level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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