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A Practitioner’s View of Treating Stuttering

 David A. Daly, Ed.D. 

SLP’s Need To Determine the Following  

1.   How long has the child been stuttering?

2.   How aware of his stuttering is he/she?

3.   Are others in the environment reacting to his stuttering?

4.   What is the child’s type or pattern of stuttering? (Repetitions; prolongations; stoppage of airflow or sound; fears; frustration; refusal to speak?)

5.   Has previous treatment been attempted?

6.   Are parents and/or teachers interested and able to help?

7.   Does child have other issues (e.g., difficulty with artic. or language or motor or cognitive or learning?)

 Issues About Treatment 

1.  “Warm-up” speech exercises help facilitate fluency skills

2.   Specific, consistent monitored practice is mandatory

3.   Client’s "Belief System” plays an important part in changing his attitudes, and ultimately his speech

4.   Positive Self-Talk leads to lasting, durable improvement

5.   Failure is frustrating, but it is a prerequisite for success (Fact: Successful people fail more than unsuccessful people).

6.   The goal of therapy is the achievement of smooth, spontaneous fluency, not fractured fluency. 

*lnformation about Dr. Daly's philosophy on treatment may be found on his web page:

www.stuttertreatment.com  

Please address any questions or comments to Dr. Daly at his email address: dadaly@umich.edu

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