An Overview of Managing Stuttering in Japan Purpose The purpose of this article is to describe the rapid development of speech-language pathology in Japan since governmental licensing started in 1997 and to summarize the current trends in assessing and treating stuttering for preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and adults. Method The authors review relevant information about ... World View
World View  |   November 01, 2014
An Overview of Managing Stuttering in Japan
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Shin Ying Chu
    National Rehabilitation Center for Persons With Disabilities, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • Naomi Sakai
    National Rehabilitation Center for Persons With Disabilities, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • Koichi Mori
    National Rehabilitation Center for Persons With Disabilities, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Shin Ying Chu: chu-shinying@rehab.go.jp
  • Editor: Carol Scheffner Hammer
    Editor: Carol Scheffner Hammer×
  • Associate Editor: Patrick Finn
    Associate Editor: Patrick Finn×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / World View
World View   |   November 01, 2014
An Overview of Managing Stuttering in Japan
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2014, Vol. 23, 742-752. doi:10.1044/2014_AJSLP-13-0085
History: Received August 5, 2013 , Revised January 10, 2014 , Accepted June 17, 2014
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2014, Vol. 23, 742-752. doi:10.1044/2014_AJSLP-13-0085
History: Received August 5, 2013; Revised January 10, 2014; Accepted June 17, 2014

Purpose The purpose of this article is to describe the rapid development of speech-language pathology in Japan since governmental licensing started in 1997 and to summarize the current trends in assessing and treating stuttering for preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and adults.

Method The authors review relevant information about the current assessment and treatment services for people who stutter in Japan and discuss the issues and challenges faced by speech-language pathologists in managing stuttering.

Conclusion It is predicted that as expertise in stuttering grows in Japan, the role of stuttering specialists in allied health, school districts, and research will increase.

Acknowledgments
This study was supported in part by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant 25750247 (awarded to Shin Ying Chu). We would like to acknowledge the input of Yoshimasa Sakata and the Japanese Association of Speech-Language-Hearing Therapists for permitting us to use its website and for answering our questions.
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