Counseling Families: Life Lessons I propose that “the lessons of stuttering” be considered a deliberate topic for counseling discussions with all age clients. Attention to this topic area may forestall future problems, but, in addition, it may also lead to increased confidence in the child at an early age. In this article, I ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2003
Counseling Families: Life Lessons
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  • Kathleen R. Jones
    SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2003
Counseling Families: Life Lessons
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2003, Vol. 13, 17-18. doi:10.1044/ffd13.2.17
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2003, Vol. 13, 17-18. doi:10.1044/ffd13.2.17
I propose that “the lessons of stuttering” be considered a deliberate topic for counseling discussions with all age clients. Attention to this topic area may forestall future problems, but, in addition, it may also lead to increased confidence in the child at an early age. In this article, I focus on ways to enhance the learning from life’s lessons in school-age children who stutter.
Growing through adversity certainly may occur independently of any formal counseling. It occurs in the lifelong maturation of numerous people who stutter. We have all seen this happen either in personal or professional venues; that timid child who hid during difficult early years is now this strong and assertive adult. Somewhere along the way, she or he not only put her or his life together, but is shining because of this reconstruction. Or many of us can remember some healthy young families who naturally instilled in their children strong senses of self.
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