Safety behaviors in speech treatment for adults who stutter

The authors of this study sought to investigate safety behaviors that might be used by adults during treatment for stuttering, and considered five safety behavior categories: (1) general safety behaviors, (2) practice and rehearsal, (3) general avoidance, (4) choosing safe and easy people, and (5) control related safety behaviors. The authors concluded there is need to determine the frequency with which adults who receive stuttering treatment follow safety behavior clinician recommendations, as well as need to experimentally determine whether following such recommendations prevents fear extinction at long-term follow-up.

Helgadottir, Fjola Dogg, Menzies, Ross G., Onslow, Mark, Packman, and O’Brian, Sue. (2014). Safety behaviors in speech treatment for adults who stutter. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-S-13-0041

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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