Stammering and therapy: views of people who stammer

TitleStammering and therapy: views of people who stammer
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsHayhow, R
Secondary AuthorsCray, A-M
Tertiary AuthorsEnderby, P
Journal Journal of Fluency Disorders
Start Page1 - 17

This study used a postal questionnaire to seek the views of adults who stammer concerning the effect of stammering on their lives, the speech and language therapy and other remedies they have tried, and their hopes for speech and language therapy in the future. The 332 returned questionnaires indicated that stammering had the greatest adverse effect on school life and occupation. Speech and language therapy had been helpful to many, but the nature of the benefits and specific therapies used were not cited in many responses. An emergent theme in unhelpful therapy was the dissatisfaction that arises when individual needs are not met. In the future, people want help in controlling stammering and in developing coping strategies. The desire for timely and effective therapy for children, ongoing help and for group or intensive work has implications for service organization and therapist’s skills.
The survey highlights the need for therapists and clients to negotiate therapy aims and procedures that are clearly defined, appropriate to individual needs, achievable, and, if possible, recorded and measured.

KeywordsAdults, stuttering, Survey, Therapy