Monday, June 11, 2007

Fluency Disorders

The A,B,C's of stuttering
1) Affective- The emotional aspect of the stutterer. This deals with the stutterers overall emotional reaction to specific(positive or negative)

2) Behavioral- The primary and secondary behaviors displayed by the stutterer. Primary behaviors include involuntary behaviors such as multiple syllable repetitions of sounds and words. Secondary behaviors include the coping behaviors a stutter displays as to avoid the stuttering. For example, a voluntary head jerk or lip purse during the act of stuttering as to avoid or escape from a stuttering block.

3) Cognitive- The cognitive aspect of stuttering deals with the speech and non-speech associated belief system and attitudes of the stutterer. In other words, how the stutterer feels about their speech in specific situations, around certain people, etc.