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Special Education & Communication Disorders

College of Education & Human Sciences

Successful Stuttering Management Program
For Adolescent and Adult Stutterers

Dorvan H. Breitenfeldt, Ph.D
Delores Rustad Lorenz, M.S

Includes: Program Manual and Tape
Skill Area: Fluency
Age Range: Adolescent thru Adult

About the Program

The Successful Stuttering Management Program (SSMP), is designed for adolescent and adult secondary stutterers. The program is designed for either individual or group therapy; however, it is written for a group. The group approach is strongly encouraged both for interest and for mutual support which will grow during the program and, in all probability, will carry over to the post-therapy period of the stutterers' lives. The program provides a practical, hands-on approach to stuttering therapy. It is a program of doing, not one of philosophizing about, theorizing about, nor debating about, stuttering. The underlying rationale for this program is that stuttering is a unique communication disorder of presently unknown origin or origins, and it cannot be cured -- not unlike many other human ills. The stutterer can, however, learn to manage his stuttering and his speech so that he can communicate as a stutterer in any situation without undue stress and strain to himself or his listener.
Seventeen sessions are outlined in the book to take the stutterer from the point of identifying his own attitude to maintaining his fluency in everyday situations.   Drills, activities, logs, questionnaires, journals, assignments, charts and pages of positive reinforcement are all included to help the student make progress toward his goal of stuttering management and acceptance.