The Role of Attention in Therapy for Children and Adolescents Who Stutter: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Interventions Purpose The aim of the study was to consider the role of attention in therapy for children and adolescents who stutter from the perspective of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs). Method This clinical discussion paper will explore two aspects of attention in relation to young ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   October 19, 2018
The Role of Attention in Therapy for Children and Adolescents Who Stutter: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Interventions
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jane Harley
    The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, London, United Kingdom
  • Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
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  • Correspondence to Jane Harley: jane.harley@nhs.net
  • Editor-in-Chief: Sharon Millard
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  • Editor: Shelley Brundage
    Editor: Shelley Brundage×
  • Publisher Note: This article is part of the Special Issue: The 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference.
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Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Special Issue: The 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   October 19, 2018
The Role of Attention in Therapy for Children and Adolescents Who Stutter: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Interventions
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, October 2018, Vol. 27, 1139-1151. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-ODC11-17-0196
History: Received November 17, 2017 , Revised April 3, 2018 , Accepted May 17, 2018
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, October 2018, Vol. 27, 1139-1151. doi:10.1044/2018_AJSLP-ODC11-17-0196
History: Received November 17, 2017; Revised April 3, 2018; Accepted May 17, 2018
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Purpose The aim of the study was to consider the role of attention in therapy for children and adolescents who stutter from the perspective of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs).

Method This clinical discussion paper will explore two aspects of attention in relation to young people who stutter and their parents: (a) what we attend to as human beings and (b) how we attend. It will draw on research and clinical practice informed by CBT and MBIs. Specifically, information-processing theory in CBT explains psychological well-being partly in terms of what individuals focus their attention on, whereas MBIs focus on the relationship between how individuals attend to their internal experiences and their psychological well-being.

Conclusions Although a nascent field, MBIs may be useful as a part of therapy for children and adolescents who stutter. The concepts highlighted by MBIs may also help to resolve some clinical issues.

Acknowledgments
I would like to acknowledge the support of Whittington Health NHS Trust and thank the young people and families at the Michael Palin Centre who contribute to our continued learning.
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