When to Push and When to Back Off in Therapy (Ep. 554)

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Dr. Robert Quesal

When should a therapist “push” the client during treatment and when should the therapist “back off?” Today on StutterTalk, Bob “the Expert” Quesal and Christopher Constantino join Peter Reitzes to discuss the speech-language pathologist’s role in encouraging and supporting risk taking during stuttering treatment. Topics include readiness for change, respecting the wishes of students and clients, the role of motivation in treatment, self help vs therapy, “pushing” the client towards meaningful goals, the possible tampering down of speaking excitement during speech therapy and much more.

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Chris Constantino

Robert Quesal, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a professor emeritus of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Illinois University, a person who stutters, a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a retired Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders.

Christopher Constantino is a person who stutters and a PhD student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis. Chris is doing his clinical fellowship in the Shelby County Schools in Memphis and is conducting a research study to understand and contextualize the experiences of passing as fluent for people who covertly stutter.

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