Covering an impressive range of topics including past and current theories of stuttering, this edition provides the reader with an updated evaluation of the literature on the subject of stuttering alongside exploring the evolution of new theories. Placing each within the relevant historical context, the authors explore the contribution of theory to both understanding and managing stuttering.
Theoretical Issues in Stutteringis a critical account of the models and theories which surround the subject of stuttering, aiming to act as a key resource for students of speech-language pathology as well as lecturers, clinicians and researchers within the field.
The book is divided into two parts, the first of which mainly deals with theory and aetiology, while the second focuses on clinical aspects of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The book also provides frequent references across Parts I and II to help link the various areas of investigation together.
This revised edition of Stuttering and Cluttering reflects the major changes in thinking regarding both theory and therapy that have taken place since the publication of the first edition. As well as those who stutter and clutter, the book will be invaluable for speech language therapy/speech language pathology students, practicing clinicians, psychologists and linguists around the world.
Among the topics covered are evidence-based practice, impact of the self-help and support groups, meta-analyses of selected assessment and intervention programs, current theories of stuttering, and the predicted path of stuttering intervention in the future. The authoritative representation of contributors offers the reader the most up to date presentation of fluency issues, with a special emphasis placed on the practical clinical implications of fluency assessment, treatment, and evolving theories of the disorder.
The book is written for fluency specialists and graduate students in programs of fluency disorders. It will also be valuable for the clinicians who wish to upgrade their skills in treating fluency disorders.
Written by an international team of clinical and research leaders in the field of speech and language pathology, as well as scientists from the fields of epidemiology and neurology, the book offers a truly comprehensive coverage of contemporary stuttering management.
Each chapter provides information on the 'Theoretical Basis of the Treatment', 'Outline of the Treatment', 'Scientific Evidence for the Treatment', 'Advantages and Disadvantages of the Treatment', 'Planned Future Empirical Development', and conclude with an in-depth critical review.
This book is a must-have resource for speech and language pathologists, researchers and educators worldwide.
FEATURES:Offers a rigorous critical review of each treatment Written by leading international experts in the field Completely up to date with the latest clinical and scientific research
“This book is the output from the Research Symposium held in Croatia in 2010. This text is unusual in that it not only reflects the content of the Symposium presentations, but also reports the discussion that the presentations generated. The discussions that ensued were recorded and transcribed… The consistent organisation of each paper in the collection allows the reader to quickly access the critical information and to make direct comparisons across therapies… (and) provides the reader with a comprehensive overview of a variety of speech restructuring programs... The advantages/disadvantages and the discussion sections in each chapter help the reader with appraisal of the material presented and to make some judgements about generality and value…
The reader feels exposed to the atmosphere and dynamics of the Symposium in a way that is rarely captured outside the conference auditorium.”
- A review from Sharon Millard (PhD., MRCSLT), Research Lead and Expert Speech and Language Therapist, The Michael Palin Centre, Whittington Health, London, UK
Protocols for all major fluency targets are included, each containing a specific plan of action with examples of target behaviors for each fluency skill for an adult or child. These protocols save treatment planning time by presenting the clinician with procedures that have been proven effective in clinical and experimental studies, eliminating the need for clinicians to research teaching exemplars. Each procedure is designed as a self-sufficient, separate entity, so that clinicians need not refer back and forth to teach a particular skill.
Key features of this text include detailed reviews of contemporary research on both typical and disordered fluency, along with analyses of (1) processes integral to fluent communication; (2) various professional perspectives on fluency; (3) etiologies and characteristics of disorders affecting speech fluency; (4) effects of fluency impairment on communication and quality of life; and (5) current clinical approaches to assessing speech fluency and minimizing the impact of fluency disorders through evidence-based prevention and treatment principles.
Fluency Disorders is ideal for graduate courses on stuttering and related disorders of fluency. Readers will learn to describe fluency disorders within the framework of communication and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for working with clients who have impaired fluency. This approach is consistent with current standards for clinical certification specified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Council for Clinical Certification (CFCC).
The text is divided into four main sections:Foundational Concepts addresses fundamental fluency concepts, the nature of fluent speech production, approaches to describing fluency, and fluency characteristics of typical speakers. This section also addresses issues related to individual differences, cultural and linguistic influences, and fluency changes over the lifespan.Etiologies and Characteristics of Fluency Disorders offers detailed information about the causes, symptoms, and correlates of developmental stuttering, cluttering, and acquired stuttering, as well as descriptions of fluency patterns observed in various language disorders and genetic syndromes.Clinical Assessment explores key fluency assessment principles, practical methods for collecting and analyzing fluency-related data, and approaches to interpreting assessment results and formulating treatment recommendations.Treatment Approaches includes evidence-based principles and strategies for facilitating clients fluency functioning, methods for individualizing treatment plans and evaluating treatment outcomes, and an overview of contemporary approaches used to treat fluency disorders across the lifespan.
With specific, easy-to-follow instructions for conducting clinical procedures, decision-making diagrams, reference tables, and comprehensive coverage of normal bases, disorders, and evidence-based practice, Fluency Disorders is truly distinguishable from other texts in the field.
Over sixty years ago, under the supervision of Wendell Johnson (one of the founders of the science of speech-language pathology), graduate student Mary Tudor conducted a study to examine the effect of verbal labeling on the frequency of disfluency in both children who stuttered and children who were fluent. The subjects came from an orphanage in Davenport, Iowa. Johnson's and Tudor's findings - that they were allegedly able to induce stuttering in normally fluent children - supported their hypothesis, but have also raised serious ethical concerns.
In this book, Dr. Goldfarb has gathered the leading authorities in stuttering and, together, they investigate the Tudor study and, more broadly, ethics in scientific research, diagnosis, and treatment in the field of communication sciences.
Students and clinicians alike will find the accounts within this book engaging, stimulating, and ultimately relevant.
The book begins by addressing the notion of "evidence-based practice" and considers its implications for stuttering treatment. Part II presents the intersection of the nature of stuttering; the theories of stuttering; and the implications of nature, theory, and other knowledge for stuttering treatment decisions. Part III provides two of the many measurement issues facing stuttering treatment followed by Part IV, which is devoted to the quality of treatment research evidence, for specific treatments and in terms of some more general methodological and professional issues. The final part summarizes the clinical recommendations made throughout the book and discusses evidence-based, outcomes-focused clinical decisions for stuttering.
These chapters are intended to provide "state-of-the-art" information to researchers, clinicians, and students who are interested in developing, identifying, or using the best possible evidence-based treatments for stuttering.