Semin Speech Lang 2018; 39(04): 333-341
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1667162
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What Constitutes a Multidimensional Treatment Approach for School-Age Children Who Stutter?

Lynne W. Shields
1  Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Missouri
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Publication Date:
24 August 2018 (online)


Research over the past several decades supports the view that stuttering is a complex and multidimensional disorder. Given the multiple factors that contribute to the development and persistence of stuttering, it follows that, for many children who stutter, treatment focused solely on the motor aspects of speech may be insufficient to help them successfully manage their stuttering. A complete assessment includes identifying all of the dimensions of the disorder that are relevant to a particular child. Likewise, treatment is best viewed as multidimensional, with the clinician developing a set of goals that address the relevant aspects of stuttering and communication. Such an approach leads to greater success for children who stutter with the end result being speakers who communicate openly and effectively.