Environmental Assessment From a Synergistic Perspective The Synergistic Framework suggests that assessment of clients with fluency disorders include the domains of speech and language, attitudes and feelings and environment. This paper deals with assessment of the environment as we have described our treatment philosophy in the other domains in various other places (Bloom & Cooperman, 1999, ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2007
Environmental Assessment From a Synergistic Perspective
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Charleen Bloom
    The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
  • Donna Cooperman
    The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
  • Joseph Klein
    The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   November 01, 2007
Environmental Assessment From a Synergistic Perspective
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2007, Vol. 17, 9-12. doi:10.1044/ffd17.3.9
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2007, Vol. 17, 9-12. doi:10.1044/ffd17.3.9
The Synergistic Framework suggests that assessment of clients with fluency disorders include the domains of speech and language, attitudes and feelings and environment. This paper deals with assessment of the environment as we have described our treatment philosophy in the other domains in various other places (Bloom & Cooperman, 1999, 2002; Cooperman & Bloom, 2003, 2006). Assessment of the environmental domain is critical to holistic treatment of the individual. Stark weather and Givens-Acker-man (1997, p. 89) describe the communicative environment of the person who stutters as “any stimuli, events or ongoing characteristics that have an effect on the person’s fluency level. The communicative environment can be either demanding or facilitating of fluency.”
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