Evidence, Goals, and Outcomes in Stuttering Treatment: Applications With an Adolescent Who Stutters Purpose The purpose of this clinical focus article is to summarize 1 possible process that a clinician might follow in designing and conducting a treatment program with John, a 14-year-old male individual who stutters. Method The available research evidence, practitioner experience, and consideration of individual preferences are combined ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   January 09, 2018
Evidence, Goals, and Outcomes in Stuttering Treatment: Applications With an Adolescent Who Stutters
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Anne K. Marcotte
    Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
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  • Correspondence to Anne K. Marcotte: abothe@uga.edu
  • Editor-in-Chief: Shelley Gray
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  • Editor: Courtney Byrd
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  • Publisher Note: This article is part of the Clinical Forum: Treatment of Stuttering in Children.
    Publisher Note: This article is part of the Clinical Forum: Treatment of Stuttering in Children.×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Clinical Forum: Treatment of Stuttering in Children / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   January 09, 2018
Evidence, Goals, and Outcomes in Stuttering Treatment: Applications With an Adolescent Who Stutters
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2018, Vol. 49, 23-32. doi:10.1044/2017_LSHSS-17-0020
History: Received February 8, 2017 , Revised June 26, 2017 , Accepted September 12, 2017
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2018, Vol. 49, 23-32. doi:10.1044/2017_LSHSS-17-0020
History: Received February 8, 2017; Revised June 26, 2017; Accepted September 12, 2017
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Purpose The purpose of this clinical focus article is to summarize 1 possible process that a clinician might follow in designing and conducting a treatment program with John, a 14-year-old male individual who stutters.

Method The available research evidence, practitioner experience, and consideration of individual preferences are combined to address goals, treatment procedures, and outcomes for John.

Conclusions The stuttering treatment research literature includes multiple well-designed reviews and individual studies that have shown the effectiveness of prolonged speech (and smooth speech and related variations) for improving stuttered speech and for improving social, emotional, cognitive, and related variables in adolescents who stutter. Based on that evidence, and incorporating the additional elements of practitioner experience and client preferences, this clinical focus article suggests that John would be likely to benefit from a treatment program based on prolonged speech. The basic structure of 1 possible such program is also described, with an emphasis on the goals and outcomes that John could be expected to achieve.

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