Six Reasons why Clinicians may Fear Stuttering In 1993 Christine Durrenberger and I reported that the overwhelming majority of experienced speech-language pathologists certified by ASHA prefer not to work with people with the problem of stuttering (St. Louis & Durrenberger, 1993). Sommers and Caruso (1995)  found that continuing education opportunities in the area of fluency disorders ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1997
Six Reasons why Clinicians may Fear Stuttering
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  • Kenneth O. St. Louis
    Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology West Virginia University, Morgantown, WVA
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Article   |   May 01, 1997
Six Reasons why Clinicians may Fear Stuttering
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, May 1997, Vol. 7, 4-6. doi:10.1044/ffd7.1.4
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, May 1997, Vol. 7, 4-6. doi:10.1044/ffd7.1.4
In 1993 Christine Durrenberger and I reported that the overwhelming majority of experienced speech-language pathologists certified by ASHA prefer not to work with people with the problem of stuttering (St. Louis & Durrenberger, 1993). Sommers and Caruso (1995)  found that continuing education opportunities in the area of fluency disorders were lacking, compared to opportunities available in some of the more “popular” disorders, e.g., phonology or language. I replicated these finding in a recent study (St. Louis, 1997) which, again, pointed to real and perceived deficiencies in training and experience as contributing factors. The latter investigation gave reason for optimism that continuing education activities in stuttering, especially those that were not expensive, might be well attended by clinicians who do not like to treat stuttering. Nevertheless, data on clinicians' experience and training in their least favorite disorders to manage, compared to their favorite disorders, suggested that factors other than lacks in experience and training may be important in determining why so many clinicians (nearly 50%) identify stuttering as their most unpopular disorder.
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