Journal Writing for Children Who Stutter

Re: journal writing

From: Jackie
Date: 10/12/00
Time: 10:27:37 AM
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I am using the journal consistently with one student at this time. We started one year ago. She is very open and honest when it comes to writing and discussion of stuttering. The time it takes to complete an entry varies from a couple of minutes at the early levels to about 15 minutes at Level 4. The first two levels were not challenging for her, so we only did 2 or 3 entries in each. She was anxious to rate her speech and to plan ahead for difficult situations, so we spent about 10 sessions on level 3, and we have been at level 4 for 2 sessions.The greatest results have emerged in her ability to evaluate her speech, increase awareness of the techniques that work best for her (ERA-SM as Judy mentioned), and to reduce the fear of stuttering. Like Judy, I do not use the journal in every session. I have also used one entry to plan more than one session. We try to get as much mileage out of each entry as possible. From a parent's perspective, my daughter also thrived on the journal writing experience and was very successful with the process. Again, she used the journal as needed, with lots of Judy's creative ideas in between. Andie has not had direct therapy for over one year. Thanks for asking! Jackie

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