I am a speech pathology graduate student who is very interested in learning more about stuttering as I have not yet had a client who stutters, but I am longing to work with those who stutter. I am currently enrolled in a stuttering class and it has really grasped my interest in working with those who stutter. I was hoping to gain insight from professionals, What is the best way to counsel and create functional goals for patients who stutter and who may not have the desire to attend therapy or practice techniques to help their stutter? As we have learned in class all goals should be individualized, but for example, what if the child is attending therapy for their stutter because of a parent’s decision but does not have any desire to attend therapy? I recently listened to a podcast where an individual did not have a positive experience in therapy and it really opened my eyes to all careful decisions I would need to consider when working with a person who stutters. Also, are there any difficult decisions or challenges you as professionals have faced that would be a good learning experience you’d like to share?
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