Conducting stuttering assessment and treatment requires critical thinking, flexibility and nuanced decision making. Within the school setting, this process can become very challenging. The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the basics of stuttering therapy, and how to help children in the school setting.
Cognitive based approaches have been discussed widely in speech language pathology. Among these approaches gaining attention is cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Gaining less attention is Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), which has been found to be useful in helping a wide range of individuals overcome the difficult problems in their lives. The application of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to stuttering and other communication disorders will be demonstrated and applied to case studies.
Many speech-language pathologist working in schools and other settings often report that stuttering is the most difficult disorder to treat. This is reported to be due to the limited training and course opportunities in graduate programs. Specialists in stuttering do exist, and can present important support to clinicians.