People who stutter often develop emotional responses to their dysfluencies that become more debilitating than the actual speech disorder.
As a mental health clinican, the most effective model that I have found to treat a patient’s emotional dysreguation is Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. in 1993, is a wide ranging cognitive behavioral treatment that has helped people to manage overwhelming emotions. Over the past 20 years the treatment model has been found effective with many different populations. DBT teaches four skills; Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness.
In my professional opinion, this treatment model would be very effective for people who stutter. In my private practice I have started treating people who stutter. I am excited to explore how DBT skills can help a person who stutters have a more fulfilling life.
QUESTIONS FOR PEOPLE WHO STUTTER and SLPs: Is their an emotional response to stuttering? If so, how should it be treated? What role do you see mental health professionals playing for treating people who stutter?
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