Problem solving and disfluency research

I have become very curious about disfluencies/stuttering and problem solving strategies. I was previously a social worker and worked for an organization that taught adjudicated youth about problem solving skills and awareness. In the (limited) reading and exposure I’ve had in my first fluency class this semester I keep seeing themes of problem solving, coping skills and strategies. I fully recognize that ‘problem solving’ is a very broad term. I haven’t been able to narrow my question about the relationship between the two and worry that this might seem scattered. If so, I do apologize, I’m working on bringing my thoughts together and would really love to hear other’s perspectives.
I identified quite a bit with G. A. Kelly’s Personal Construct theory, which I see as having a lot of crossover with problem solving skills. In googling I found Chmela & Campbell’s “Working with School-Age Children Who Stutter; Basic Principle Problem Solving” but have not been able to read it yet. I have read bits of Dr. Myrna Shure’s Problems Solving techniques, who’s research and implementation of ICPS in schools outstanding. Several articles that I have read here, ISAD 2014, seem to touch on this idea. For example the article “Going beyond speech tools – alternative ideas for stuttering therapy” including responses from the authors on the comments section.
As you can see, I haven’t thoroughly researched, but I keep seeing these crossovers and wonder if there is current research both for or against this? I also am very curious if this is something that others notice, identify with or focus on. As well as if you disagree. I would really appreciate hearing both perspectives.
Many thanks for the wonderful experience of the entire conference,

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Problem solving and disfluency research — 2 Comments

  1. Bree,

    I think that your experience as a social worker gives you some very valuable insights. Kelly’s work has been cited in the stuttering literature, especially in the work of Fay Fansella. if you do a little search you will find some references to a text, but also to a few articles in the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. one of her key articles is Stuttering: Not a symptom but a way of life. I think that you will find this reading quite interesting.

    Great ideas. I hope that you develop them more.


    John Tetnowski