Date of Award

Summer 1971

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Advisor

Trotter, William

Second Advisor

Fehr, JoAnn

Third Advisor

Sokolnicke, Alfred J.

Abstract

The Marquette University Speech and Hearing Center customarily has offered its student speech clinicians a manual of suggested techniques for use in stuttering therapy. As research in the area of stuttering brings forth new insights into the nature of the problem and new techniques for its remediation, the manual is appropriately revised. It is important to note that the manual, "Clinical Procedures for stuttering Therapy for Use in a University Speech Clinic" (hereinafter referred to as "Clinical Procedures"), is compiled under the direction of the Faculty of the Marquette University Department of Speech Therapy specifically for use in the Marquette University Speech and Hearing Center. Because of the incredible diversity of theories of the nature of stuttering and corresponding therapeutic techniques, the student clinician is often confused and uncertain as to how to plan a suitable therapy program for a particular individual with a stuttering problem. "Clinical Procedures" offers the student an array of suggested methods corresponding to those theories of the nature of stuttering which have been prop0unded within the students course work as the most tenable. Such recommendations require the use of only such materials as are readily available to the student through his own resources or through the Speech Therapy Department. The student clinician is then able to select those suggestions which he deems most beneficial to the particular individual for whom he is planning a program cf therapy. Since the last revision of the manual, the literature in the area of stuttering has contained numerous reports of the successful use of new techniques: delayed feedback, high intensity noise, the metronome, and operant procedures. Because the student is learning about these new methods in his course work, it is important for "Clinical Procedures" to offer suggestions which would assist the student in applying these methods in his practicum. The purpose of this thesis, therefore, is to examine the value of delayed feedback, high intensity noise, the metronome, and operant procedures as demonstrated in the literature and, in the light of this value, to revise "Clinical Procedures" appropriately.

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