Methods in Stuttering Therapy for Desensitizing Parents of Children Who Stutter Purpose The aim of this study was to describe a range of methods used in stuttering therapy for desensitizing parents of children who stutter (CWS). Method This clinical tutorial will first briefly explore the rationale and benefit of including parents of CWS of all ages in the therapy ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   October 19, 2018
Methods in Stuttering Therapy for Desensitizing Parents of Children Who Stutter
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ali Berquez
    The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, London, United Kingdom
  • Elaine Kelman
    The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, London, United Kingdom
  • 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 Ali Berquez: ali.berquez@nhs.net
  • Editor-in-Chief: Sharon Millard
    Editor-in-Chief: Sharon Millard×
  • Editor: Shelley Brundage
    Editor: Shelley Brundage×
  • Publisher Note: This article is part of the Special Issue: The 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference.
    Publisher Note: This article is part of the Special Issue: The 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference.×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Special Issue: The 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   October 19, 2018
Methods in Stuttering Therapy for Desensitizing Parents of Children Who Stutter
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, October 2018, Vol. 27, 1124-1138. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-ODC11-17-0183
History: Received November 15, 2017 , Revised February 12, 2018 , Accepted March 18, 2018
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, October 2018, Vol. 27, 1124-1138. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-ODC11-17-0183
History: Received November 15, 2017; Revised February 12, 2018; Accepted March 18, 2018
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Purpose The aim of this study was to describe a range of methods used in stuttering therapy for desensitizing parents of children who stutter (CWS).

Method This clinical tutorial will first briefly explore the rationale and benefit of including parents of CWS of all ages in the therapy process. The construct of desensitization will be defined, and a description will be given of how traditionally it has been incorporated into therapy with adults who stutter and CWS. Research evidence will be presented about the impact of a child's stuttering on parents. The article will then focus on clinical methods for desensitizing parents of CWS using examples of activities conducted in group and individual therapy with parents at the Michael Palin Centre in London with reference to desired outcomes, how to measure them, and how to address potential pitfalls.

Conclusion Desensitization activities can be implemented with parents of CWS to help them recognize and manage their emotional reactions to their child's stuttering, to support parents to feel knowledgeable and confident in managing their child's stuttering, and ultimately to enhance the child's progress in therapy.

Acknowledgments
The authors wish to acknowledge the support of Whittington Health NHS Trust.
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