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The therapy has to be fit for the person you’re working with
approach for pre-schoolers who stutter
Stuttering for preschool children is often just a blip and may resolve on its own.
Not a lot of stigma, or judgment; very matter of fact
Focused primarily on physical behaviors of stuttering
Focus on supporting parents and empowering them to help their children
transition from pre-school to school-age and beyond
At some point, in the early school years, children begin to compare themselves to others
‘My hair is different’,
‘My body image is not the same as everyone else’,
‘My skin color isn't the same’
The “non-physical”/emotional component of stuttering is introduced
As we move into the school-age, teen, and adult years, we have to think about how the person may be faced with thoughts and feelings around stuttering, and how that affects their overall experience in life and self-image.
Joseph Sheehan’s Analogy of the Iceberg
We think about how each person experiences the “physical” vs. “non-physical” components of stuttering to determine what therapy approach is best:
How much of the work is above the surface?
Behaviors we can hear or see like a stutter, or a body movement
What's beneath the surface?
Emotions and thoughts we often can't see, both positive and negative; shame, guilt, confidence, acceptance