A Program for the Initial Stages of Fluency Therapy An orientation program which was cognitive in nature and based on the philosophy of, responsibility for, and control of one’s own speech behavior was administered to six stutterers. The program consisted of 11 discrete steps, culminating in a demonstration of fluent speech. The first seven steps are philosophically based and ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1973
A Program for the Initial Stages of Fluency Therapy
 
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  • Richard A. Culatta
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Herbert Rubin
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1973
A Program for the Initial Stages of Fluency Therapy
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1973, Vol. 16, 556-568. doi:10.1044/jshr.1604.556
History: Received April 17, 1972 , Accepted February 14, 1973
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1973, Vol. 16, 556-568. doi:10.1044/jshr.1604.556
History: Received April 17, 1972; Accepted February 14, 1973

An orientation program which was cognitive in nature and based on the philosophy of, responsibility for, and control of one’s own speech behavior was administered to six stutterers. The program consisted of 11 discrete steps, culminating in a demonstration of fluent speech. The first seven steps are philosophically based and orient the subjects to talk positively in terms of fluency. The last four steps are performance centered. A pre- and postorientation questionnaire was administered to assess attitude change during the program. Results indicate significant reduction in stuttering for all six subjects. In addition, several variations of the program were examined, including altering its length and sequencing the steps within it.

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