Many Types of Data: Stuttering Treatment Outcomes Beyond Fluency
- Category: 2003 IFA Congress: Montreal, Canada
Robert W. Quesal1, J. Scott Yaruss2, and Lawrence F. Molt3
1Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455, USA
2Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
3Department of Communication Disorders, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
The purpose of this manuscript is to summarize arguments for supplementing the existing treatment outcomes literature with information drawn from a number of other relevant sources. The paper presents 4 case studies and asks whether existing literature provides all of the information needed to make appropriate treatment recommendations. In some cases, it is clear that the existing literature is helpful; in other cases, however, it appears that additional information is required. The paper concludes with suggestions for other aspects of the stuttering disorder that can be considered in clinical decision making and treatment outcomes research for evaluating the entirety of the experience of stuttering from the perspective of the speaker.