Working with People Who Stutter of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds: Some Ideas to Consider As the United States continues to undergo changing demographics, speech-language pathologists will find themselves working more with clients who stutter of diverse cultural backgrounds. The purpose of this article is to outline key principles for addressing cultural issues with clients who stutter. Sociocultural theory is introduced as a conceptual framework ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2008
Working with People Who Stutter of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds: Some Ideas to Consider
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  • Derek E. Daniels
    Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Articles
Article   |   November 01, 2008
Working with People Who Stutter of Diverse Cultural Backgrounds: Some Ideas to Consider
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2008, Vol. 18, 95-100. doi:10.1044/ffd18.3.95
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2008, Vol. 18, 95-100. doi:10.1044/ffd18.3.95
Abstract

As the United States continues to undergo changing demographics, speech-language pathologists will find themselves working more with clients who stutter of diverse cultural backgrounds. The purpose of this article is to outline key principles for addressing cultural issues with clients who stutter. Sociocultural theory is introduced as a conceptual framework to guide assessment and therapeutic decision-making processes. Next, key principles are presented to assist clinicians in understanding a client’s cultural context, and using this as a frame of reference for treatment. Finally, a case example is presented to illustrate the ways in which a clinician can approach treatment in the specific cultural context of the client.

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