Are Self-Help/Mutual Aid Groups and Professional Intervention Mutually Exclusive Concepts for Helping Those Affected by Stuttering? This simple, yet powerful, declaration of intent and philosophy captures the essence as well as the definition of self-help/mutual aid. Joining with others who share a common life circumstance or challenge, a desire to help others while helping one’s self, and the willingness to take action—“to do something” to ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 2007
Are Self-Help/Mutual Aid Groups and Professional Intervention Mutually Exclusive Concepts for Helping Those Affected by Stuttering?
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  • Lee Reeves
    Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders
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Article   |   February 01, 2007
Are Self-Help/Mutual Aid Groups and Professional Intervention Mutually Exclusive Concepts for Helping Those Affected by Stuttering?
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2007, Vol. 17, 4-8. doi:10.1044/ffd17.1.4
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, February 2007, Vol. 17, 4-8. doi:10.1044/ffd17.1.4
This simple, yet powerful, declaration of intent and philosophy captures the essence as well as the definition of self-help/mutual aid. Joining with others who share a common life circumstance or challenge, a desire to help others while helping one’s self, and the willingness to take action—“to do something” to effect change—is what self-help/mutual aid is all about.
Participating in such a group provides for those affected by a common disease, disorder, or life predicament an instant identity and a sense of belonging in a world where many may have been marginalized or stigmatized. Belonging to a group of others with such commonalities creates an opportunity to realize that people are not alone in their struggle to cope with, manage, or overcome the effects that the condition has had on their lives.
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