Can Effective Treatment for Stuttering Be Accomplished in the Public Schools? Many years ago, we believed that the public school setting was the best place to offer treatment for stuttering, mainly because the children were there. Further, the essential activities of transfer and maintenance, after establishment of fluency in the clinic room, were most easily and efficiently carried out there. ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2002
Can Effective Treatment for Stuttering Be Accomplished in the Public Schools?
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  • Bruce P. Ryan
    California State University, Long Beach, CA
  • Barbara V. Ryan
    Long Beach Public Schools, Long Beach, CA
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   August 01, 2002
Can Effective Treatment for Stuttering Be Accomplished in the Public Schools?
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2002, Vol. 12, 14-17. doi:10.1044/ffd12.2.14
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2002, Vol. 12, 14-17. doi:10.1044/ffd12.2.14
Many years ago, we believed that the public school setting was the best place to offer treatment for stuttering, mainly because the children were there. Further, the essential activities of transfer and maintenance, after establishment of fluency in the clinic room, were most easily and efficiently carried out there. Efficacy research in the public school setting (e.g., Ryan, 2001d; Ryan & Ryan, 1983, 1995) demonstrated that such treatment could be carried out effectively and efficiently there. This paper attempts to answer the title question in view of current changes brought on by federal and state laws and local administrative interpretations of these laws. We reference data on highly effective treatment programs and discuss how these programs may be implemented in the public school setting, despite all the special demands of that setting.
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