Building Clinical Relationships With Teenagers Who Stutter

Patricia M. Zebrowski
2002 Contemporary issues in communication science and disorders : CICSD  
The purpose of this article is to describe some of the key principles for forming a strong clinical relationship with adolescents who stutter. Such a relationship provides the foundation for change. In the first section, a structure for understanding adolescence, along with some basic assumptions about the adolescent thought process, is provided. Following this, there are a number of suggestions for different skills to use when communicating with teenagers so as to (a) establish the clinician's
more » ... ish the clinician's credibility as a caring and competent adult and (b) gain insight into the adolescent as a person, and the meaning that he or she attaches to stuttering. The final portion of this article focuses on how the clinician can facilitate two important dimensions of stuttering management: changing cognition and building strong parent-teenager relationships.
doi:10.1044/cicsd_29_s_91 fatcat:hej7o5iw35bnpd74ql7n5spgyq