After participating in this conference and reading several essays, both personal and academic, I find myself thinking about the future of fluency treatment. Some people spoke about the history of fluency treatment, while others spoke of newer approaches to fluency, and some simply reflected on their own experience and how stuttering had both negative and positive affects on their lives.
I read about some people who use technical meditation, others used yoga, and some people found that just being around other people who stutter helped them gain a sense of belonging and acceptance about their experience with stuttering.
There seems to be so many new and exciting approaches out there to treat stuttering (or general disfluencies). As an SLP graduate student, I find the history of this field very interesting, but I am also always curious about the future. Where do you think the future of fluency treatment is going? Could the increase in technology have positive effects in fluency treatment (therapies such as technical meditation)? On the flip side, I know technology and the constant interruptions caused by being “plugged in” can be a hinderance to fluency treatment.
What are the newest, (perhaps even controversial) treatments of stuttering? Are there treatment approaches in the works or being studied that you believe could change how we view treatment?
This is not a question with one answer, just a curious brain wondering what could be next!
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