Motivating Hard-Core Clients Most speech-language pathologists have encountered at least one client who hates going to speech. It may be the hearing-impaired 8 year old who has received speech-language management since the age of 9 months, or the 14-year-old adolescent who “forgets” to show up for therapy sessions. Scratch-n-sniff stickers, Nerf basketball, ... Clinical Exchange
Clinical Exchange  |   January 01, 1990
Motivating Hard-Core Clients
 
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  • Terri L. Perry
    Guthrie Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders, Guthrie, OK
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Hearing Disorders / Clinical Exchange
Clinical Exchange   |   January 01, 1990
Motivating Hard-Core Clients
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1990, Vol. 21, 59. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2101.59
History: Received June 5, 1989 , Accepted June 19, 1989
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1990, Vol. 21, 59. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2101.59
History: Received June 5, 1989; Accepted June 19, 1989
Most speech-language pathologists have encountered at least one client who hates going to speech. It may be the hearing-impaired 8 year old who has received speech-language management since the age of 9 months, or the 14-year-old adolescent who “forgets” to show up for therapy sessions. Scratch-n-sniff stickers, Nerf basketball, even computer time may fail to motivate these students. Thus, progress is often minimal. I have found the best reward for these hard-core clients is a ticket out.
A “Free Speech” card can be very effective with even the most obstinate adolescent. If therapy expectations are met (i.e., appropriate behavior; being on time; completing homework assignments), the student is allowed to punch a hole in his “Free Speech” card. A full card may be exchanged for 1 vacation day from speech.
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