I am graduate student at Illinois State University. I had attended ASHA last Fall in Chicago and saw a presentation on “Stuttering and Suicide”. It was both moving and intriguing, as I do not believe there was a dry eye in the entire presentation. I never truly understand the emotional difficulties that an individual would face when dealing with a stutter. My question is: as a speech-language pathologist, how can you provide the most beneficial therapy to an individual who is struggling to the point of thoughts of self-harm? Also, where would one draw the line between what our scope of practice says to do and referring the patient elsewhere? I believe that as a speech-language pathologist, it is critical to be aware of situations such as these and how to handle them. Thanks!
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