Running a Fluency Station: Tips & Tricks

One of my favorite components of my classroom is my fluency station. It’s the first thing I recommend to teachers that I consult with. It’s relatively easy to setup, simple to train a paraprofessional to run, and gives a constant stream of data. Sold? You should be. I have loads of posts about fluency so let’s do a round up!

The Nuts & Bolts:

How to Run a Fluency Program

The Autism Helper - Fluency


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Different types of fluency programs:

Motor Imitation Fluency

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Fine Motor Fluency


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Nonverbal Fluency Programs

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Categorizing Fluency

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Academic Fluency Programs

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Other Tips & Tricks:

Use a color coded bins for correct & incorrect flashcards.




Use a clicker to keep track of nonverbal fluency programs.


Challenge your kids! Keep advancing the programs. We just added reading price tags and fractions {great functional tasks} to some students’ fluency programs.


If you want the heavy lifting down for you (ie. having loads of flashcards and data sheets ready to roll at your finger tips). Check out our Fluency Mega Pack! Happy flashcarding 🙂


  1. Hi Sasha,

    I absolutely LOVE your entire blog. I have been telling all of co-workers and instructional staff about your ideas.

    One question– when do you consider the fluency card piles mastered? I do DTT with my learners. I already have “mastered” card stacks for various skills. I just wasn’t sure what criterion to set for the fluency portion. Is there a specific criterion you require for all learners or are you indivdualizing.

    thank you!

  2. Thanks for sharing my website, Shawn. The mastery criteria is tricky for fluency because each child is so different and each skill can be pretty different so I tend to not make a hard fast rule across the board (ie. they have to hit this fluency before moving on). A lot of times I create a mastery criteria by doing the set myself and seeing what I get or have a same age gen ed peer do the set and seeing their fluency. Also – I look for an increase from when they started, a consistent time period of stable responding, and zero incorrects or “thinking” time in between cards. Hope this helps!


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