A recent hot topic within the field has been the push to restructure and reformat IEP goals pertaining to fluency. As it stands, goals are often along the lines of — “Student will produce speech with 90% fluency by (date).”
The push comes from a desire to care for the emotional well being of students and PWS rather than exclusively focusing on minimizing their stuttering — instead focusing on eliminating negative secondary behaviors and helping them to accept their stutter rather than experiencing feelings of shame, embarrassment, or a desire to withdraw from social speaking situations.
As a PWS who has or has not been through the therapy setting as a child, how would you prefer to see goals structured in this setting? What are things school-based SLPs can do to better care for their students who stutter, and how can the legislature better support that?
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