A Model for Manipulating Linguistic Complexity in Stuttering Therapy

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Re: Linguistic Complexity Model

From: Charlie Healey
Date: 10/24/01
Time: 9:24:00 AM
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The speed with which you move through the different levels of the model will depend on the client. Each client goes at a different pace depending on their skill level and how easily they find they can manage their stuttering. So, I don't think the issue is whether this model produces faster results than a more traditional approach to manipulating linguistic complexity. It's simply a different way to eliciting responses that is a little more structured than the traditional approach. The second issue you raised is a good one. What I would recommend is that you work on several strategies at the lower levels of the model and then, as you move up in complexity, do so for all the techniques or strategies you have taught the child. I think the client will find this easier and eventually, you can find some fluency or stuttering modification skills that seem to work best or are easiest to use as you progress to higher levels. Once you reach a decontextualized level with demands for more discourse in relation to higher semantic levels, you will soon see which strategies are easiest for the client to use to manage his/her stuttering.

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