Saturday, April 30
01:30 pm – 03:00 pm

Session 40

Judith Eckardt, MS, CCC-SLP
Level of Instruction: Introductory   –   Joshua Tree II

Speech and Language Pathologist will have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of adults who stutter.  These adults range in age from 21- 72 years and function “well” in life.  What has helped them the most? 
When students train to be speech language pathologists, their exposure to theory of stuttering development and therapy in course work is often very limited. The practicum for stuttering involving observation and practice is also minimal and  students can graduate with no therapy experience. 
The kind of speech therapy that a person who stutters receives is often based upon the knowledge and training of their speech pathologist. The therapy procedures can focus on fluency shaping and/or fluency modification.   However,  is reduction of percentage of stuttering a measure of success?  Or, is it a point in time measure that could quickly change in other communication situations?  
It is much more important to determine the “negative effects of stuttering”.  Does your client have negative reactions to his stuttering such as feelings of helplessness, anger, shame, frustration and guilt?  Consequently, the stutterer will develop many avoidance behaviors for different communication situations. Their career choices are often determined by how handicapping they perceive their stuttering to be.  Maybe after hearing this adult panel of people who stutter, Speech Pathologists will begin to change their orientation in goal writing.   Their orientation will focus on helping the clients reduced the “negative experiences” of stuttering with the primary goal being “effective functional communication” with some stuttering.

Learner Outcomes:  At the completion of this presentation, participants will be able to state why using “percentage of stuttering”is dangerous in writing IEP Goals, state five possible negative effects of stuttering upon a child or student and write three IEP goals to reduced specific “negative effects of stuttering”.