I have been noticing a lot lately that the kiddos in my groups are slouching. Many of these students are fluency kids.
I tried one of my yoga alignment tricks at school the other day with my fluency group. I got amazing results and the students were also pleasantly surprised.
First, I had them sit up straight as you will see in the S-spine picture from Say It Right Yoga for Small Spaces Yoga Cards on this page.
Next, I had them pull back their neck so that the hyoid bone (the floating bone which is a horseshoe-shaped bone situated in the anterior midline of the neck between the chin and the thyroid cartilage). When this bone is sticking out, it has a direct effect on the diaphragm and breathing. When I had them pull back this bone I asked them to feel it in their belly. They all felt their belly engage.
I had them inhale a deep breath and while holding the bone back, begin to talk. The dysfluencies that were there a minute before were gone.
Easy, fast and effective! Give it a try.