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Special Education & Communication Disorders

College of Education & Human Sciences

Cooper Personalized Fluency Control Therapy

Eugene B. Cooper & Crystal S. Cooper
 

Skill Area: Fluency
Age Range: All ages

Materials:
handbook; Blackline Master Booklet containing forms, practice sheets, and activity sheets; eight game boards; a children's version of the Fluency Assessment Digest and Treatment Plan; and an adolescent and adult version of the Fluency Assessment Digest and Treatment Plan.

About the Program
The PFCT-R program is comprehensive in that its therapy process efficiently and coherently integrates activities leading to the modification of fluency-impeding attitudes and feelings as well as the disfluency behaviors. As the individual learns to modify speech production behaviors for increased fluency, the individual's affective and cognitive responses are modified to sustain the feeling of fluency control. The therapeutic concepts employed in the program are easily communicated to clients of all ages and to clinicians. The PFCT-R is adaptable to a short-term intensive therapy regime or to a long-term extensive nonintensive therapy situation. In addition, the extensive variety of therapy materials make the program viable for clients of all ages and with varying intellectual capacities.

Components of the Program
Chapter 1: Provides a perspective of the development of the discipline's thinking regarding both the etiology and the treatment of stuttering.
Chapter 2: A brief presentation of the authors' thinking with regard to the clinical process and helping relationships in general.
Chapter 3: Discusses the effective clinician.
Chapter 4: Presents the assessment procedures and instruments developed.
Chapters 5 & 6: Describe the PFCT-R four-stage STAR Therapy Process, including long-term goals and short-term objectives.
Chapter 7: Counseling parents of young dysfunction children.
Chapter 8: A presentation of procedures for conducting group therapy with adolescent and adult stutterers.