Thomas Klassen, PhD
|Abstract||The experience of relapse following treatment for stuttering from the socio-psychological perspecitve of individuals is not well understood. This article, based on personal observation and analysis, examines the processes of relapse and recovery. After intensive therapy, and a lengthy period of little stuttering, distinct phases of decline in fluency were experienced. Three principle factors accounted for the increased frequency of stuttering: problem denial, environmental circumstances, and loss of support netowrk. Fluency was regained utilizing steps to ofset the three factors associated with relapse. These included: reconceptualization and acceptance of being a stutterer, relearning strategies for dealing with stress, and re-establishing connections with other stutterers. The paper concludes with suggestions for clinicians on how to respond to, and understand, clients in similar situations.|
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