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  • National Speech/Language Therapy Center - Blog - National Speech/Language Therapy Center
    avoidance reduction therapy How would you define avoidance reduction therapy and the rationale behind this approach Ben I think the most basic definition of avoidance reduction therapy is to reduce one s avoidances related to stuttering speaking and really in life In other words the goal is to reduce how often one actively avoids stuttering avoids various speaking situations and avoids different opportunities in life The rationale behind the therapy is that stuttering is perpetuated by habit and fear If I have a fear of speaking in class every time I keep silent in class I reinforce that behavior and the fear of speaking in class grows Avoidance reduction therapy is about reversing that process If you face your fear head on and with a different attitude of what is a success and what is a failure the fear eventually dissipates and once the fear of speaking weakens you can start to make choices to stutter in a more comfortable and effective way Most clients seek therapy to try and reduce or eliminate stuttering and may be initially concerned with the premise of avoidance reduction therapy How long did it take for you to buy in to this approach Ben Great question For me I bought in pretty quickly No one before in my life had explained to me the cycle of avoiding stuttering the feelings and thoughts that I had and how those feelings and thoughts perpetuated and worsened my speech Once these ideas were laid out for me it was almost like a lightbulb went off in my head Yes finally what I ve experienced my entire life makes a little sense Can you explain what a typical therapy session would look like Ben A typical therapy session usually begins with the client talking a bit about how their week went The client might talk about a speaking related success they had the previous week talking about my successes helped me feel good about myself as a communicator a situation that is really bothering them these always helped me relieve some anxiety and develop a plan or a topic unrelated to speech altogether While the client is speaking the SLP is taking note of the client s speaking pattern and assessing how successfully they are hitting their target from the previous week After the client has spoken for a bit he or she usually receives feedback from the SLP This feedback can be related to the thoughts and feelings of the client dependent on what the client was saying and or his her motor pattern dependent on how the client was saying it Following feedback the client and SLP engage in some specific practice where the client has the opportunity to put the SLP s suggestions into action in a safe speaking environment This allows the client to play around with the new assignment whether motor based or cognitive based and allows the client to begin to reinforce the new behavior Following target practice the client and SLP

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  • National Speech/Language Therapy Center - Blog - National Speech/Language Therapy Center
    events and applying the right language There are simple things you can do to help your child with these complex tasks Use visual schedule boards Collect simple pictures to represent activities e g art music soccer cheerleading Begin with only a few activities using the pictures to help your child remember what he or she did If needed ask direct questions such as Did you have art or give a choice Did you have art or music today Familiar Activities Have your child help you with activities around the home by having him or give provide you with the steps For example have your child help you set the table Ask him her What should we do first and have him tell you for example Give everyone a fork Do this for each of the steps Because you are actively completing the activity it will be evident if something is missing Other activities getting dressed taking a bath doing laundry Special Activities If you go on a special outing such as the zoo or pumpkin patch take pictures Use these to create a book that tells about the day Have your child tell about the event using the pictures as

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  • National Speech/Language Therapy Center - Blog - National Speech/Language Therapy Center
    track changes and most importantly the acknowledgment and acceptance of stuttering Unlike past generations you ll be hard pressed to find a fluency specialist who tells parents to ignore the child s stuttering as we no longer prescribe to the idea that speaking about stuttering around a child will cause them to stutter Thank goodness parents no longer are being told to sit by and watch their child struggle for 6 12 months without providing them ways to help The Stuttering Foundation of America recently produced a video that discusses the things parents can do to assist their child who stutters and this video is posted above As you watch do not beat yourself up if you have been handling things differently than the therapists suggest There are a number of different variables that are thought to interact in order to cause the onset of stuttering By not initially following these suggestions you did not cause your child to stutter however these environmental changes will help reduce time pressure and language demands so that your child can speak more freely For more information Fluency please visit our sister site www thestutteringsource com 0 Comments Your comment will be posted after

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  • National Speech/Language Therapy Center - Blog - National Speech/Language Therapy Center
    what to look for in regard to speech and language skills But as a general guideline we typically tell parents and caregivers to seek the help of an SLP when your child is frustrated at not being able to communicate effectively You are not seeing progress new skills developing Your child is having trouble following directions as would be expected at his or her age Same aged peers don t understand your child Your gut is telling you something isn t right What can I expect At the end of the day it never hurts to talk to a professional Oftentimes many of your questions are answered and you will feel relieved at having some guidance If you call to talk to an SLP he or she can help determine if it is necessary to meet with a therapist and will explain what will happen at your first visit You will be able to ask questions and will get recommendations on what to do next The earlier you call the sooner we can start making a difference and give you some peace of mind Start by searching speech language pathologists in your area asking your pediatrician for a referral or

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  • National Speech/Language Therapy Center - Blog - National Speech/Language Therapy Center
    CCC SLP has started a new blog The Stuttering Source www stutteringsource com that we encourage you to visit 0 Comments Your comment will be posted after it is approved Leave a Reply National Speech National Speech Language Therapy Center treats children with a variety of speech language and cognitive disorders and difficulties Archives March 2014 October 2013 June 2013 Categories All RSS Feed Visit our other NS blogs The

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  • National Speech/Language Therapy Center - Blog - National Speech/Language Therapy Center
    there that I was introduced to avoidance reduction therapy How would you define avoidance reduction therapy and the rationale behind this approach Ben I think the most basic definition of avoidance reduction therapy is to reduce one s avoidances related to stuttering speaking and really in life In other words the goal is to reduce how often one actively avoids stuttering avoids various speaking situations and avoids different opportunities in life The rationale behind the therapy is that stuttering is perpetuated by habit and fear If I have a fear of speaking in class every time I keep silent in class I reinforce that behavior and the fear of speaking in class grows Avoidance reduction therapy is about reversing that process If you face your fear head on and with a different attitude of what is a success and what is a failure the fear eventually dissipates and once the fear of speaking weakens you can start to make choices to stutter in a more comfortable and effective way Most clients seek therapy to try and reduce or eliminate stuttering and may be initially concerned with the premise of avoidance reduction therapy How long did it take for you to buy in to this approach Ben Great question For me I bought in pretty quickly No one before in my life had explained to me the cycle of avoiding stuttering the feelings and thoughts that I had and how those feelings and thoughts perpetuated and worsened my speech Once these ideas were laid out for me it was almost like a lightbulb went off in my head Yes finally what I ve experienced my entire life makes a little sense Can you explain what a typical therapy session would look like Ben A typical therapy session usually begins with the client talking a bit about how their week went The client might talk about a speaking related success they had the previous week talking about my successes helped me feel good about myself as a communicator a situation that is really bothering them these always helped me relieve some anxiety and develop a plan or a topic unrelated to speech altogether While the client is speaking the SLP is taking note of the client s speaking pattern and assessing how successfully they are hitting their target from the previous week After the client has spoken for a bit he or she usually receives feedback from the SLP This feedback can be related to the thoughts and feelings of the client dependent on what the client was saying and or his her motor pattern dependent on how the client was saying it Following feedback the client and SLP engage in some specific practice where the client has the opportunity to put the SLP s suggestions into action in a safe speaking environment This allows the client to play around with the new assignment whether motor based or cognitive based and allows the client to begin to reinforce the new behavior Following

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  • National Speech/Language Therapy Center - Blog - National Speech/Language Therapy Center
    choice Did you have art or music today Familiar Activities Have your child help you with activities around the home by having him or give provide you with the steps For example have your child help you set the table Ask him her What should we do first and have him tell you for example Give everyone a fork Do this for each of the steps Because you are actively completing the activity it will be evident if something is missing Other activities getting dressed taking a bath doing laundry Special Activities If you go on a special outing such as the zoo or pumpkin patch take pictures Use these to create a book that tells about the day Have your child tell about the event using the pictures as a guide 0 Comments Being Proactive 10 22 2013 0 Comments In the past several years speech pathologists have decided to leave the wait and see era of fluency treatment behind us With this change in perspective we have begun to usher in a more proactive approach complete with suggestions on how to alter the child s environment to enhance fluency encouragement to track changes and most importantly the acknowledgment and acceptance of stuttering Unlike past generations you ll be hard pressed to find a fluency specialist who tells parents to ignore the child s stuttering as we no longer prescribe to the idea that speaking about stuttering around a child will cause them to stutter Thank goodness parents no longer are being told to sit by and watch their child struggle for 6 12 months without providing them ways to help The Stuttering Foundation of America recently produced a video that discusses the things parents can do to assist their child who stutters and this video is posted above

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