- Disability viewed as a human rights issue.
- Direct challenge to the medical model & institutions within which most SLTs have been trained and work.
Calls into question:
- Principles upon which therapy is based.
- Roles of therapist/client.
- Range of therapies offered.
- Types, forms and aims of research into stammering.
If speech language pathology is the intervention that stuttering activists seek from the government, medicine and private sphere, there is at least a conversation to be had about its medical necessity […] The stutter itself is only a negative bodily development if making people occasionally wait an extra two to ten minutes is a pathological emergency. This is all just to say, the burden should be on speech pathologists to prove their legitimacy on something more than merely auditory aesthetics.
— Richter (2019, p.73-74)
Call for action
- Ethical responsibility.
- Locating therapy discourse within wider disability/neurodiversity discourse.
- Call for broader focus of therapy to address roles that self-identity, society and social stigma play.
- Drive to enrich and enhance professional accounts.
- Co-authoring therapy knowledge.
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