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Patient Profile: Fluency & Stuttering Management

Patient Profile: Fluency & Stuttering Management
June 30, 2003

SP/Beck: Good Morning MC. Thanks for agreeing to share your story today.

MC: Thanks for the opportunity to discuss stuttering, share, educate and inform.

SP/Beck: I know that your speech-language-pathologist (SLP) has been very pleased with your progress and your participation in the management of your stuttering. Can you please tell me a little about your personal history with stuttering?

MC: As a severe stutterer for nearly 40 years, fear and anxiety were the greatest impediments to personal growth, happiness and improved fluency. I constantly battled my internal ''fear voice'' that let me know every day that IT (stuttering) was in control. I struggled through traditional therapies, and some ''snake oil'' approaches, constantly obsessing over speaking situation after speaking situation, as I was my own worst critic.

I was always looking for that quick fix or magic potion. That little piece of advice or strategy that would finally propel me into fluency. For me, in the end what I found was that the answer had always been hidden in the depths of my own character. In front of the words I labored to form, was the WALL -- FEAR -- the effect of which was unhappiness and continual frustration.

I began intensive speech therapy in May 2002 with Janet Skotko and have enjoyed rapid and significant success. I have made great strides towards my life long dream of fluency, not just through Janet's experience but because I made a conscious decision to become a student of my own disorder. Through research, evaluation and then separation, I have transformed stuttering into an IT that while a part of me, IT does not define who I am or what I can accomplish in life. It has been a truly fascinating and extremely fulfilling journey.

Related Courses

The Ripple Effect of Stuttering: A Community-Based Approach
Presented by Craig Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, ASHA Fellow, Mary Weidner, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course: #9217Level: Intermediate2 Hours
This is Part 2 of a four-part series. The stuttering experience has a ripple effect that extends far beyond the child who stutters. Parents, teachers, peers, and others must possess both knowledge and skills to best support children who stutter. This course will highlight new clinical tools and resources to provide a community-based treatment approach for stuttering. (Part 1 - Course 9278, Part 3 - Course 9301, Part 4 - Course 9304)

Creating Allies and Developing Advocacy Skills in Stuttering Therapy
Presented by Brooke Leiman Edwards, MA, CCC-SLP, Hope Gerlach, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course: #92232 Hours
This is Part 3 of a four-part series. This course will focus on specific strategies for involving parents/caregivers in stuttering therapy, and promoting self-advocacy skills among clients who stutter. Through the use of case studies, the speakers will problem-solve obstacles commonly faced by speech-language pathologists when addressing these important aspects of therapy. (Part 1 - Course 9278, Part 2 - Course 9286, Part 4 - Course 9304)

Best Practices for Stuttering Assessment and Treatment Including the Role of Support Groups
Presented by Katie Gore, MA, CCC-SLP, Craig Coleman, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, ASHA Fellow
Course: #9225Level: Intermediate2 Hours
This course is Part 4 in a four-part series. It will provide an overview of stuttering peer support communities and the clinical importance of incorporating community experience into therapy. Current research and practical application questions will address goal writing, SLP roles and responsibilities, and common challenges connecting therapy to the community. Case studies will be shared to highlight assessment and treatment across various age ranges. (Part 1 - Course 9278, Part 2 - Course 9286, Part 3 - Course 9301)

20Q: Early Childhood Stuttering: Less-Direct and More-Direct Treatment
Presented by J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, Nina Reardon-Reeves, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-F
Course: #8978Level: Intermediate1 Hour
The key issues in the treatment of early childhood stuttering, with a focus on less-direct and more-direct treatment approaches are addressed in this course. Ways that clinicians can draw upon various approaches to develop individualized treatment so that each child’s and family’s individual needs are addressed are discussed.

Ethical Considerations When Working with Those who Stutter
Presented by Lisa R. LaSalle, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course: #8991Level: Intermediate1.5 Hours
This course will discuss how the stigma of stuttering, advocacy, empathy, caseload management, and the structure of various settings in which we work (e.g., schools, medical settings, university clinics) impact our work with people who stutter, across the lifespan. Case scenarios involving ethics and stuttering will be presented for participants' consideration.

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