Clinical Nuggets Torture Chamber Therapy Article
Article  |   August 01, 2000
Clinical Nuggets
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  • Jerry Johnson
    University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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Fluency Disorders / Clinical Nuggets
Article   |   August 01, 2000
Clinical Nuggets
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2000, Vol. 10, 4. doi:10.1044/ffd10.2.4
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2000, Vol. 10, 4. doi:10.1044/ffd10.2.4
With some children who have achieved most of the fluency goals in therapy and who are approaching the stage of termination there comes a time when the kid might say “What are we going to do today?” This rhetorical question might mean, “I’m getting a little bored with therapy.” Sometimes the clinician too needs a break from the routine of therapy, or in some way or other needs to “spice it up” to keep the child’s interest level.
Depending upon the emotional strength of the child and his/her sense of humor and an ability to handle a challenge, I will tell the child: “Today is the day! Today is Torture Chamber day! Are you up to the challenge? Are you ready to show me what you can do when I try to throw you off?” I try to build the suspense and impending doom and gloom all in a humorous and sly, challenging manner. Unbeknownst to the child I have cleared this activity with the child’s parent(s) and any administrator so there can be no question as to my intent or motivation and my rationale for doing the activity. Maybe this is a guy thing, and in our world of touchy, feel good behavior a clinician might not be comfortable doing this, but I have found that the carefully selected child really enjoys the Torture Chamber activity. However, for less emotionally intact children a scaled down activity could be used.
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