Topic Areas: Fluency

Topic Chairs: Laura Plexico and Derek E. Daniels

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Proposal appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on all aspects of speech fluency (both typical disfluencies, and disfluencies due to stuttering or cluttering), including development, as well as assessment and treatment. Proposals can include theoretical and experimental studies that elucidate the nature, cause, development or remediation of fluency disorders. They also may address educational training or practice issues in fluency treatment, as well as cultural or linguistic factors that influence fluency or its assessment/treatment. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to fluency should be included in this topic area.


  • Basic, translational, applied, or implementation research related to fluency development
  • Outcomes research in fluency disorders
  • Translational research in fluency disorders

Professional Education

  • Theoretical models of fluency and fluency disorders
  • Development of fluency in individuals with and without disorders
  • Genetic, cognitive, psychological, social, linguistic, and cultural factors related to fluency and fluency disorders
  • Physiological, neurological, acoustic, and perceptual issues related to fluency and fluency disorders
  • Prevention of fluency disorders
  • Education and training issues specific to fluency
  • Assessment and treatment of fluency disorders
  • Computer-based and other instrumentation for assessment and treatment of fluency disorders
  • Consumer issues related to fluency and fluency disorders
  • Fluency disorders across the lifespan
  • Effects of various communication disorders on speech fluency
  • Administrative and regulatory issues related to fluency
  • Ethics of service delivery for persons with fluency disorders
  • Technology as it applies to fluency
  • Innovative service delivery models for fluency through telepractice technology

Related Topics

Proposals involving this topic but with a primary focus on:

  • Motor speech disorders in adults or children should be submitted to the Motor Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan topic area.
  • Cognitive communication disorders should be submitted to the Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders topic area.
  • Use of telepractice in delivery of service that include technology-based approaches and outcomes at the system level should be submitted to the Telepractice topic area.

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

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