Reflections on Creativity in Treating Children and Adults Who Stutter or Clutter Our topic today is creativity in treating people who stutter. A reasonable question might be: Just what is creativity anyway? The noted expert, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, defined creativity as “…some sort of mental activity, an insight that occurs inside the heads of some special people” (1996, p. 23). Those of ... Article
Article  |   January 01, 2001
Reflections on Creativity in Treating Children and Adults Who Stutter or Clutter
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  • David A. Daly
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Article   |   January 01, 2001
Reflections on Creativity in Treating Children and Adults Who Stutter or Clutter
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, January 2001, Vol. 11, 5-7. doi:10.1044/ffd11.1.5
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, January 2001, Vol. 11, 5-7. doi:10.1044/ffd11.1.5
Our topic today is creativity in treating people who stutter. A reasonable question might be: Just what is creativity anyway? The noted expert, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, defined creativity as “…some sort of mental activity, an insight that occurs inside the heads of some special people” (1996, p. 23). Those of us who are privileged to treat people who stutter already know that we are special. But maybe we are like Peter Drucker, the management expert, who when interviewed by Csikszentmihalyi responded, “…I am told that I am creative. I don’t know what that means….I just keep on plodding.”
Another perspective on creativity has been offered by Joseph Zinker (1977), who maintained that therapeutic work is rooted in the client’s own perspective. Zinker contends that at some point the client experiences an “Aha” experience. That is, the client says or thinks something like, “Now I know what I need to do.”
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