The Role of Parents in the Therapy Process: Reflections on 26 Years of Intervention My experience working with other professionals in the school setting has led me to the understanding that a great number of school-based professionals are uncomfortable with their level of knowledge about stuttering. This opinion is supported through various surveys as well (e.g., Brisk, Healey, & Husk, 1997). Increased therapeutic ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2006
The Role of Parents in the Therapy Process: Reflections on 26 Years of Intervention
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  • Michael J. Retzinger
    Private Practice, Manitowa\oc, WI
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   February 01, 2006
The Role of Parents in the Therapy Process: Reflections on 26 Years of Intervention
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2006, Vol. 16, 13-15. doi:10.1044/ffd16.1.13
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2006, Vol. 16, 13-15. doi:10.1044/ffd16.1.13
My experience working with other professionals in the school setting has led me to the understanding that a great number of school-based professionals are uncomfortable with their level of knowledge about stuttering. This opinion is supported through various surveys as well (e.g., Brisk, Healey, & Husk, 1997). Increased therapeutic experience with people who stutter may lead to improved outcomes, but this is still not supported by research at this time. So our best option at this point may be to endorse the idea of searching out a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders (BRS–FD). An ethical rule of thumb in our profession is to “Do No Harm.” We are bound by ASHA’s Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice (ASHA, 2003) to do the “right thing.” That is, when a child who stutters is referred to you that you don’t know how to treat, you must refer to someone else (in this case, a BRS-FD may be a good place to begin). For the child who stutters and his/her parents, this may be the most important decision made by a professional in the school setting.
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