Theoretical Issues in Stuttering

Theoretical Issues in Stuttering

Theoretical Issues in Stuttering

Theoretical Issues in Stuttering

Synopsis

Although there is now a large body of research into the nature and treatment of stuttering, little is understood about its underlying mechanisms. As a result until now there has been no comprehensive review of the numerous theories and models that have been proposed to explain stuttering. Theoretical Issues in Stuttering provides a comprehensive account of the contribution of theory to understanding and managing stuttering. It covers an impressive range of topics including a description of both past and current theories of stuttering, placing each within the relevant historical context. In addition, the authors evaluate the explanatory power of such models and provide a detailed exploration of the implications of these models for the practitioner. Theoretical Issues in Stuttering aims to fill a gap in the literature on the subject of stuttering theory and to act as an invaluable resource for speech-language pathologists, lecturers and advanced students of speech and language pathology.

Excerpt

The impetus for this book comes from our conviction that theorists and their theories must be held accountable, by clinicians and researchers, for what they propose and offer for consideration. The large number of theories of stuttering, often conflicting and incompatible with one another, makes the task of critically considering them a daunting one. Nevertheless, it is a task that must be faced if our profession and those of us interested in stuttering are to sort out what we believe to be the nature and cause of the disorder and the most effective ways to treat it.

This book, then, is not a book of theories of stuttering. Rather, it is a book that offers ways to think about theories of stuttering. Our primary purpose in the pages that follow is to provide information and guidelines that clinicians and researchers can use to evaluate the merits and usefulness of current and future theories of stuttering. We place the guidelines within the framework of science - its history, philosophy, purpose, methodology, and application - and seek to bring a scientific frame of mind into our reflections on theory. The first four chapters establish the context for thinking about theories, specifically theories of stuttering. Chapter 5 describes what a theory of stuttering ought to explain about the disorder. The subsequent five chapters present theories we have selected for the purpose of critical analysis by the application of the guidelines we have chosen. Our intent in those chapters is to exemplify a process by which the merits of theories may be assessed. In the two concluding chapters we invstigate how theory relates to treatment in stuttering and report our final musings. It is our hope that the text provides interesting and stimulating issues to think about. Most of all, we hope that readers of the text will find it useful.

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