Stuttering Therapy: Rationale and Procedures

Stuttering Therapy: Rationale and Procedures provides students and professionals explicit descriptions of therapy procedures and their necessary rationale based on research and clinical experience. This comprehensive text begins with basic background information about speech fluency and the nature of stuttering. It is unique among texts on stuttering therapy in that it includes a chapter providing analyses of eight areas of research, followed immediately by the implications of these findings for evaluation and treatment. Five chapters on assessment and treatment of all age groups carry out a main theme of relating research knowledge to clinical procedures. A final chapter focuses on a reframing of the processes of counseling and stuttering therapy. Drawing on the authors' broad experience working together over a thirty-year period, evaluation is described with reference to the factors contributing to or maintaining a problem, resulting in individual subject profiles. Three separate chapters cover early intervention during preschool years, treatment of school-age children, and therapy for teenagers and adults. This text features the extensive description of practical procedures, utilizing examples and case studies. The strengthening of self-concept and raising the level of self-esteem are viewed as the cornerstone of all behavioral, cognitive, and affective change.