|About the author: Casey Ulrich, a Certified Speech Language Pathologist, currently working as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. She is currently oversight to the specialty clinic, focusing on Adults and children with complex needs. She has recently begun working with adults who stutter through the Northwest Center for Fluency Disorders, alongside Dan Hudock Ph.D, CCC-SLP and Chad Yates Ph.D, This clinic provided her with an ability to treat individuals who stutter utilizing a new approach. This clinic is an inter-professional collaboration between Speech-Language Pathologists and Counselors implementing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) alongside with therapeutic approaches to stuttering intervention.|
This summer (2016) was the first time I have been involved in an intensive stuttering clinic. After working with the NWCFD intensive stuttering clinic, I really have a new outlook and passion for working with individuals with fluency disorders. In the past, I have felt that Fluency treatment has focused most on changing a person’s speech, changing their voice, and in some cases has provided some clients and their families with unrealistic expectations. I’ve now have seen firsthand benefits to inter-professional collaboration in regard to fluency intervention. Speech therapists and Counselors work together during therapy sessions both empowering their client, utilizing concepts of ACT, along with creating a supportive and safe environment for clients. Together this team SLP, Counselor, and Client develop goals and post treatment maintenance plans all with the long term goal of acceptancy, advocacy. This approach goes above and beyond any approach I have experienced working with people who have Fluency Disorders. I sole heartedly, based my video on my perceptions of what every therapist, family, friend or person who has a fluency disorder should think, say and act upon. But Dr. Suess said it best “Be who you are, and say how your feel. Because those who mind don’t matter, and those who Matter don’t mind”.
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