Treatment of Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder in a High-School Student
Childhood-onset fluency disorder is a speech disorder characterized by disfluencies or interruptions in the flow of speech. Core stuttering behaviors, including blocks, repetitions, and prolongations, are often accompanied by a variety of secondary behaviors. In addition, negative attitudes and emotions associated with stuttering often negatively impact overall quality of life.
Though about 1% of the population identify as people who stutter, stuttering continues to be misunderstood. Many speech-language pathologists express discomfort working with this population due to their own lack of knowledge and training in this area. Furthermore, speech-language therapy, which focuses on increasing fluency and teaching “speech tools” while ignoring the emotional impact of disfluency, is often ineffective.