Directions in the Research and Treatment of Stuttering Across Cultures: An Update The texture of today’s work environment, regardless of geographic location, is woven with mixed customs, colors, languages, and backgrounds. Such diversity should provide rewards for the practicing speech-language clinician as we strive to meet the individual needs of each child and adult with whom we have the privilege to ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2006
Directions in the Research and Treatment of Stuttering Across Cultures: An Update
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  • Jennifer B. Watson
    Division 4 Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
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Article   |   February 01, 2006
Directions in the Research and Treatment of Stuttering Across Cultures: An Update
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2006, Vol. 16, 20. doi:10.1044/ffd16.1.20
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2006, Vol. 16, 20. doi:10.1044/ffd16.1.20
The texture of today’s work environment, regardless of geographic location, is woven with mixed customs, colors, languages, and backgrounds. Such diversity should provide rewards for the practicing speech-language clinician as we strive to meet the individual needs of each child and adult with whom we have the privilege to serve. Unfortunately, many clinicians feel ill-equipped to deal with the issues associated with families and adults from diverse backgrounds. These feelings in large part stem from our lack of understanding and knowledge about culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) populations who stutter. Division 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders has recognized the need to improve quality services for diverse populations and has appointed a task force to address issues related to this topic. At the 2003 International Fluency Association Fourth World Congress in Montreal, Canada, the Division 4 Task Force on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations reviewed CLD and stuttering in terms of cultural attitudes and beliefs, assessment and treatment of stuttering, bilingualism and stuttering, and services for stuttering in various countries. From this review, issues and concerns and possible strategies for addressing these concerns were identified. Since we believe that we learn best from and with each other, additional issues and strategies were explored in small groups following the presentation at the World Congress. Participants in these groups represented several nations, including Canada, China, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and USA.
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