Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Stuttering
A one-day workshop for speech pathologists
The literature on temperament, anxiety, and the emergence and maintenance of stuttering is riddled with poorly designed studies and dubious recommendations about when and how to intervene with speech and psychological therapies.
Accordingly, this workshop will begin by exploring misunderstandings of the literature to ensure that participants are well versed in the fundamentals of fear conditioning and the implications of when to proceed with therapy.
Following this theoretical introduction, practical Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) methods will be provided for dealing with anxiety and avoidance in pre-school and school-age children, adolescents, and adults who stutter. Clinical vignettes will be used to demonstrate difficult clinical scenarios that arise in managing the psychological consequences of stuttering. These demonstrations will reveal methods for:
- assessing anxiety in people who stutter
- dealing with anxious and overprotective parents who transmit fear to children through vicarious conditioning
- providing cognitive therapy to children and adolescents
- learning to challenge thoughts without invalidating client perspectives
- identifying the reasons why exposure fails to extinguish fear
- motivating change in clients of all ages.
The overarching aim of this workshop is to better equip speech-language pathologists to assess and manage anxiety in their clients.