Today, I am trying something new, namely to publish a picture on my blog. It is a bit of tedious process and the quality is not great. The graph that I want to show you is the age profile of the people who attended the Kassel Stuttering Therapy (KST). The sample contains more than 300 patients. To get a better resolution, you can click on the picture.
The picture clearly shows that the majority of the patients are young, under 30. Now, it is interesting to speculate why only young people go to the therapy. Here are some reasons why they don't feel the need to go to therapy:
1. They don't need it, because the severity of their stuttering has decreased with age.
2. They don't need it, because they don't or suffer less despite them still having the same severity as always. For example, they got used to jokes or the inability/difficulty to speak out on an issue, which makes it less hurting.
3. They don't feel the pressure from society anymore, because they have settled down with a permanent job, a partner, children, etc.
4. They are fed up going to therapies, because they have done several ones without any apparent long-term success. So why try another therapy?
5. The therapy uses computer, and they are unsure that they can use them. Also, they need a computer to practise at home, and might not have a computer.
My opinion is: I don't believe in 1). 2) and 3) are relevant, but I still think that if I give them the choice between getting 100'000 dollars or having no speech impediment, they will choose no speech impediment. And the real reason is in my view 4). I am not sure about 5), but I dont think it is very important.
This graph really shows that older people with PDS have really given up on therapies, and that therapists are unable to get older people to take part, which in my view is a devastating verdict on therapy. And I suspect this is relevant for all types of therapy?