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Here's How to Do Stuttering Therapy

Gary J. Rentschler
175 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Survey research reveals that SLPs feel poorly prepared to treat children and adults who stutter. Here's How to Do Stuttering Therapy serves as a practical guide to provide stuttering therapy, based upon a well-articulated philosophy of the disorder. The book is a practical guide that provides readers with a solid rationale for assessment and treatment, but does not dwell on theories, philosophies, or specific programs. Rather, the orientation is toward application, while providing a justification based upon research and the information we know about stuttering.

The uniqueness of the book is the focus on applied practice and functional applications. While other books present theory and structure of therapeutic approaches, Here's How to Do Stuttering Therapy offers a hands-on, eclectic approach centered on the needs of the client, rather than the structure of any specific treatment program.

Foreword by Thomas Murry, PhD vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgments and Dedication xi

Chapter 1. Basic Clinical Skills for Stuttering Therapy
Getting Oriented
Basic Clinical Skills
Treatment Basics
First Session Advice
Meeting the Client for the First Time
Another Perspective on Stuttering
Clients Who Have Had Therapy Before
Where to Start
Consumers of Our Services

Chapter 2. Childhood Stuttering
An Overview of Childhood Stuttering
Developmental Levels of Stuttering
Pertinent Facts About Stuttering
Components of Evaluation and Treatment
Characteristics of Childhood Stuttering
Evaluating Stuttering in Children
Treatment Approaches
Working with Parents
The Clinical Teaching Paradigm
Treatment Activities
Sample Treatment Plans
Support Resources

Chapter 3. Stuttering in Adolescents and Adults
An Overview of Adolescent and Adult Stuttering
Assessing Adolescents and Adults Who Stutter
Speech Characteristics of Adolescents and Adults Who Stutter
Affective Characteristics of Stuttering
Treatment Approaches
Working with Emotions, Anxiety, Fear, Negative Past Experiences
Working with Covert Stuttering
Determining a Starting Point for Therapy
Therapy Techniques (Targets)
Signs of Progress in Therapy
Sample Therapy Session
Organizations/Support Groups

Chapter 4. Activities for Stuttering Therapy
Speech Activities
Emotive Activities
Some Activities for Speech Goals
Some Activities for Emotive Goals


About The Author

Gary J. Rentschler

Dr. Rentschler is Clinic Director at Duquesne University, where is heads the stuttering therapy program at the University Clinic. He is a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders, and is currently serving as a Board member of the Specialty Recognition Board. Dr. Rentschler has been recognized as ‘Speech Pathologist of the Year’ by the National Stuttering Association.

In addition to his role in clinical education, he teaches courses in stuttering therapy, professional ethics, and legal issues for speech pathologists. Dr. Rentschler received a Master of Arts and Doctoral degrees for State University of New York at Buffalo.

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