Hello! I’m a 2nd year graduate student studying Speech Language Pathology and I am seeking some advice/tips on working with children who stutter who are cognitively aware of their stutter, but have no desire to go to speech therapy to work on it. I recently worked with a 9 year old who had mild-moderate disfluencies. He knew he stuttered, but always complained about coming to therapy before, during, and after the session. It seemed as though he knew he stuttered, but it didn’t bother him enough to want to come to speech for it. His Mom seemed more concerned about his stutter than he did.
I understand that one of the major goals that we want to target when working with disfluencies is confidence. This particular client was incredibly active, always talked about sports and hanging with his friends, and was doing well in school. He also had a good understanding of techniques that helped decrease his stuttering and behaviors associated. I don’t think his stutter inhibited his confidence. If anything, going to speech therapy and hearing mom talk about it like it’s a bad thing inhibited his confidence more. I guess what I’m asking is – Is it ethical and/or necessary to continue recommending services for a kid like him? I hope my question makes sense!
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