Pilot Program Combining Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Stuttering Modification Therapy for Adults who Stutter: A Case Report

Debora Freud, Omer Levy-Kardash, Ittai Glick, Ruth Ezrati-Vinacour

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Abstract

Background: The impact of stuttering far exceeds its effects on speech production itself. It includes increased anxiety levels and avoidance of speech situations that may impact the general quality of life. Therefore, psychological treatment methods have been incorporated into speech therapy programs with positive results. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a relatively recent addition to the field of stuttering. In this case report, we present a pilot program of integrating acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) with stuttering modification therapy for adults who stutter. Method: Eight adults who stutter entered the approximately year-long program, which consisted of three parts: group ACT, individual/pair stuttering modification therapy, and monthly stabilization/follow-up sessions. Results: Improvement was observed in group mean measures of mindfulness skills, speech-related attitudes, anxiety, daily communication, quality of life, and stuttering frequency. Improvement in quality of life was also self-described by participants throughout the program. Conclusions: Participant improvement and positive self-reports suggest a potentially promising effect of combining ACT with stuttering modification therapy. Further research is needed to evaluate treatment efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFolia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Stuttering
  • Stuttering Modification Therapy

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