|About the presenter: Dr. Ellen Bennett Lanouette has worked in the field for over 30 years in public school, university, and private practice settings. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, master's degree from California State University- Northridge, and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder with an emphasis in stuttering disorders. She has co-authored numerous articles and presented many workshops at the local, state, national, and international level. In 2006, she published a comprehensive textbook focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of stuttering entitled Working with People Who Stutter: A Lifespan Approach. In 2007, she was the recipient of the NSA's Speech Language Pathologist of the Year award. Dr. Bennett Lanouette is the International Cluttering Association membership chair and currently works in the Hillsborough County Public Schools south of Tampa, Florida.|
The ten tips for working with people who clutter that appear below was written as a guide for beginning clinicians. Working with this rare fluency disorder can be so rewarding. I wish all who enter this journey the joy of success and invite not only comments about the "ten tips" presented, but also invite
Ten Tips for Working with Cluttering Disorders Ellen Bennett Lanouette, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD Cluttering is a disorder characterized by deficits in cognitive, linguistic, motor, speech, and pragmatic domains of communication. Over the years, various treatment paradigms have been published which focus on one or more of these domains (i.e., Bennett, 2006; Daly, 1992, 1996; Meyers, 2007; Myers & St. Louis, 1992; St. Louis, 2007; St. Louis & Myers, 1995,1997; St. Louis, Myers, Bakker, & Raphael, 2007; St. Louis, Raphael, Myers, & Bakker, 2003; Van Riper, 1971; Ward, 2006). A review of this corpus of information produced a list of overriding principles clinicians can use to assist the client through the therapy process. The following "tips for clinicians" is not all inclusive but just a starting point for therapy. Any therapy should be client-centered and fun. The following suggestions are put forth to assist clinicians when planning interactive, fun sessions with their clients who clutter.
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