Cognitive Restructuring, Good Counseling and Stuttering (320)

Walter Manning

Dr. Walter Manning joins Peter Reitzes to discuss cognitive restructuring, good counseling, stuttering treatment and much more.

During today’s episode Dr. Manning discusses three goals of stuttering treatment:

Increasing fluency and decreasing stuttering, Improving the ability to communicate, and Developing greater autonomy (agency). To achieve these therapy goals, Dr. Manning considers four principles:

  1. “Move toward rather than away from the problem
  2. Assume responsibility for taking action
  3. Restructure the cognitive view of the self and the problem
  4. Recruit the support of others.”

Manning discusses the importance for people who stutter to “change some of their core constructs
about themselves and their ability to communicate” and the “need to increase the meaningfulness of their fluent speaker role over the dominant role as a person who stutters.”

Dr. WALTER MANNING, Ph.D. is a professor and Associate Dean in the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Memphis. Dr. Manning is a Board Recognized Fluency Specialist, a fellow of American Speech-Language Hearing Association, an adviser to StutterTalk, has published more than 90 articles in a variety of professional journals and since 1997 has been an associate editor for The Journal of Fluency Disorders. The third edition of his text Clinical Decision Making in Fluency Disorders was published in 2010 and is my personal, favorite treatment centered textbook.

REFERENCES from today’s episode:

  • Drewery, W., Winslade, J., & Monk, G. (2000). Resisting the dominating story: Toward a deeper understanding of narrative therapy. In R. A. Neimeyer, & J. D. Raskin (Eds.), Constructions of disorder (pp. 243–264). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.