Acceptance In Stuttering Therapy: A Clinician Perspective

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Caitlin Sheehan (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Joseph Klein

Abstract: The present study explores the concept of stuttering acceptance by examining the point of view of speech-language pathologists who treat people who stutter. Three main questions were posed: 1) How do speech-language pathologists define acceptance in regards to stuttering? 2) Is acceptance of stuttering important in therapy, and why is it important? 3) How is acceptance of stuttering addressed in therapy? In interviewing six therapists that work specifically with clients who stutter, stuttering acceptance was identified as being multifaceted and vital to the ultimate success of therapy for those who stutter. Each participant shared how they address acceptance of stuttering in therapy. The results of this study clarified the concept of acceptance in stuttering therapy from the clinician perspective in addition to providing a basic, positive therapeutic framework for clients who stutter across the lifespan. Findings indicate that acceptance of stuttering involves clients’ (1) understanding that stuttering and its management is variable, (2) being able to tolerate moments of stuttering, and (3) having a positive self-perception.

Additional Information

Sheehan, C. (2018). "Acceptance In Stuttering Therapy: A Clinician Perspective." Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2018
Stuttering, Acceptance, Speech language pathology Speech-language pathology, Speech therapy

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