I am currently a post-baccalaureate student within the COMD field and also work in the speech department of a local school. In a current course on fluency, we’ve been discussing the importance of helping clients — school-aged or not — accept their stutter and the adverse effects that can come with focusing exclusively on percentages of fluency met by clients during structured or spontaneous speaking tasks.
I was wondering if anyone has tips or experience working with students or clients on accepting their stutter and combatting shame or negative self-talk, especially when the mindset you promote in therapy is contradicted from input they receive outside. For example, how would you help a student to accept their stutter when parents at home condemn instances of dysfluency or urge their child to make their speech as fluent as possible to the point of embarrassment or withdrawal from speaking situations for fear of later stuttering?
Thank you in advance!
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