Clinical Nuggets If you treat any children who stutter in your practice, you’re likely aware of the Pokemon phenomenon. Pokemon, which stands for “pocket monster,” refers to 151 harmless creatures featured in cartoons, video games, and playing cards. Many schools have actually banned them due to the overwhelming obsession. ... SIG News
SIG News  |   April 01, 2000
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SIG News   |   April 01, 2000
Clinical Nuggets
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, April 2000, Vol. 10, 5. doi:10.1044/ffd10.1.5
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, April 2000, Vol. 10, 5. doi:10.1044/ffd10.1.5
If you treat any children who stutter in your practice, you’re likely aware of the Pokemon phenomenon. Pokemon, which stands for “pocket monster,” refers to 151 harmless creatures featured in cartoons, video games, and playing cards. Many schools have actually banned them due to the overwhelming obsession. If you are school-based, I bet your principal would allow them in your office (making you very popular). In my office I speak Pokemon terminology fluently.
Using them for stimuli in fluency enhancing techniques and linguistic hierarchy tasks is just the tip of the iceberg. For children who have established emotional and affective issues regarding their stuttering, Pokemon can serve as a powerful metaphor. You may ask your client to design his/her own character with all the powers, resources, and so on to manage stuttering. Each Pokemon character can endure “hit points” and has inherent strengths to do battle against others. They also have an evolution feature which maps over well with the concept of change and growth. One 8-year-old who had developed significant avoidance behaviors, drew his character with all the powers it would need and added attributes such as “brave talker” and “armor coated” for any teasing. The use of metaphor utilizes the strengths of both cerebral hemispheres.
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