The Questions we need to ask
Who needs to change? What do they/we need to change?
Acknowledging the natural variation, the unique skills, experiences and traits of neurodivergent children.
— Constantino (2018)
Client who stutters
What do they understand about stuttering? And their stuttering in particular?
Cons for the Client
- Exposure: "I stutter".
- Risk of failure.
- Lack of acceptance by self and others .
The Speech and Language Therapist
What do we understand about stuttering? Turn the tables on the process of normalising judgement As therapists we need to enquire into what a person thinks of the judgement they have been assigned. What if stuttering was the norm? If stuttering was cool…
Cons for the Therapist
- Exposing beliefs contrary to the medical model.
- Perceived risk of ‘failure’.
- Lack of acceptance by peers, clients and client's families.
Who needs to change?
How do we do this? Is this our responsibility alone?
- Ourselves as SLTs
- School systems.
- Health services.
- Shop keepers.