Teenagers and stuttering management: are they ready?

Published on November 30, 2016   55 min

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Hi, my name is Patricia Zebrowski, and I am from the University of Iowa in the United States. My clinical research and teaching interests are in the area of stuttering with particular focus on adolescents who stutter. I'm going to talk with you today about motivation and helping adolescents who stutter make decisions about what they'd like to do about stuttering. The first thing I'd like to show you is an overview of stages of change, motivational interviewing. Then we'll talk a little bit about UI SPEAKS, which is a program at the University of Iowa for adolescents who stutter. It's a residential intense treatment program that's rooted in the concept of readiness for change and helping adolescents to determine where they are in that process.
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So the first thing I'd like to talk about is decision making in intervention for adolescents who stutter. And the question I think that we should ask at the very beginning of the treatment is, "What needs to be changed about stuttering if anything and who decides?" One of the things that you may know and have experienced in your own clinical practice and that I certainly have over the many years that I've been working with adolescents, is that often teenagers come to therapy and they're not really sure about why they're there and what they want to do. Many of them have vague feelings and ideas about stuttering. And these have led them to decide that they want to make some sort of change or more frequently that they are contemplating some sort of a change. And they're not yet ready to commit to that change.
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