Putting Down the Sword: The Role of Acceptance in Stuttering Treatment I exist as I am—that is enough,If no other in the world be aware, I sit content,And if each and all be aware, I sit content.~ Walt Whitman Those lines from Whitman (n.d.) illustrate an ideal—a person completely comfortable in his own skin, at peace in the world and ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2012
Putting Down the Sword: The Role of Acceptance in Stuttering Treatment
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  • Ryan Pollard
    Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, NY
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Article   |   November 01, 2012
Putting Down the Sword: The Role of Acceptance in Stuttering Treatment
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2012, Vol. 22, 67-69. doi:10.1044/ffd22.2.67
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, November 2012, Vol. 22, 67-69. doi:10.1044/ffd22.2.67
I exist as I am—that is enough,If no other in the world be aware, I sit content,And if each and all be aware, I sit content.~ Walt Whitman
Those lines from Whitman (n.d.) illustrate an ideal—a person completely comfortable in his own skin, at peace in the world and with himself. I believe this is what most clients receiving stuttering treatment want, or at least something very close to it. However they reach that state of insouciance and self-assuredness is immaterial. Some may get there by learning to speak more fluently, some by learning to stutter more easily. Some clients may prefer to rid themselves of the desire to change their speech at all and end up discarding management skills altogether (Venkatagiri, 2009). Each are valid endeavors, and each involves grappling with and resolving the problem of acceptance.
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