I am a graduate student at the University of Louisville and glad to attend the International Stuttering Awareness Conference for the first time this year and learn more about stuttering from both persons with a stutter and professionals in the field (including those who are also PWS)! I hope to learn more here so as to be a more effective clinician now and in the future, as I have a few clients on the caseload that I am doing this semester who have stuttering. I also hope to be more competent and confident in doing so, too.
Well, to the questions that I would be interested in is the following:
1) As a child who was a PWS and received therapy from an SLP, what are some of the traits, qualities, activities, etc. that the SLP did to help you that made therapy more beneficial (other than the fluency shaping and/or stuttering modification treatment, e.g. “producing smooth speech”, etc.)?
2) As an adult who is a PWS and receives/received therapy from an SLP, what are some of the traits, qualities, activities, etc. that the SLP did to help you that made therapy more beneficial (other than the fluency shaping and/or stuttering modification treatment, e.g. use of DAF, etc.)?
I would say that the summed up version of both questions, is, as a child and/or as an adult (as I know this differs in how to do, approach, etc. therapy for PWS), what did the clinician do to make you feel more at ease in the therapy sessions and better establish rapport as well as make it easier for you and the SLP to talk about and work on stuttering? What are some of the best ways to address the affective and cognitive aspects of stuttering? [I realize that these will be general ideas and not apply to everyone, but ideas are welcome as to what worked for you as a PWS during therapy with an SLP.]
Thanks for any insight and advice; take care!
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