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Stuttering Therapy: Increased Focus on Communication 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 1:05:29 PM
Stuttering Therapy: Increased Focus on Communication
By Anne Coady M.S., CCC-SLP
Today there are many stuttering therapy options, and research is being completed on numerous ways to approach stuttering therapy. It is important to rely on expert and evidence based practices when deciding on the course of treatment for a client who stutters. As a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who has a stutter, I have found that it is pertinent to remember that the most important goal of therapy is to increase communication rather than increase speech fluency. If eliminating stuttering is not an option, then ultimately we want our clients to be able to communicate in a variety of environments with a variety of communication partners. Stuttering therapy often includes stuttering modification, fluency shaping, positive communication attitudes, and education about stuttering. The balance of these strategies depends on the individual needs of a child and the child’s age.
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