Saturday, March 03, 2007

Questions to ask

I am trying to come up with all questions that influencea therapy choice. Here are a few but without explaining how they would influence the decision making process. Please feel free to post your question(s) and why they would influence therapy choice.

- do u have a family history of stuttering?

- do u have serious issues that may affect your stuttering? Psychological or Physical?

- is it the first time you talk about stuttering?

- how old are you?

- how much time do you have to dedict to therapy?

- how many therapies have you done in the past?

- are you male or female?

- can you really focus on a single task or goal, even obsessively?

- how dysfluent is your speech?

- how variable is your fluency?

- did you have an incident at age 3-5 that could have impacted stuttering?

- what therapy options are there in your neighbourhood?

- are you embarassed to talk about your stuttering?

(to be continued...)

5 comments:

Jerome said...

- do u have a family history of stuttering?

Apparently my mom had a few speech troubles as a child but she speaks completely normal ever since. So I doubt it was anything like 'real' stuttering. Maybe her main aim was to inspire hope in me that I could overcome my problem ... I dunno.

- do u have serious issues that may affect your stuttering? Psychological or Physical?

If a tendency of over-analyzing things and questioning oneself is a serious psychological issue then yes ;) Otherwise no.

- is it the first time you talk about stuttering?

No.

- how old are you?

32.

- how much time do you have to dedicated to therapy?

All in all several months I guess.

- how many therapies have you done in the past?

I'm not sure. 6 or 8?

- are you male or female?

Male.

- can you really focus on a single task or goal, even obsessively?

Very rarely. Unfortunately ...

- how dysfluent is your speech?

Depends. In the past it was VERY dysfluent and I was often one of the hardest cases in therapy sessions ...

- how variable is your fluency?

Very. From totally fluent to repeating blocks. But mostly in between those two extremes of course. Total fluency over a longer period and complete blocks are rare though of course.

- did you have an incident at age 3-5 that could have impacted stuttering?

None that I know of.

- what therapy options are there in your neighborhood?

I don't know.

- are you embarrassed to talk about your stuttering?

Not anymore (at least not with intelligent people). Maybe this is also due to the fact that I'm currently stuttering less than in the past.

ferramis said...

- do u have a family history of stuttering?

No

- do u have serious issues that may affect your stuttering? Psychological or Physical?

No that I am aware of

- is it the first time you talk about stuttering?

No

- how old are you?

29

- how much time do you have to dedict to therapy?

Not much, 2 h weekly, but if there is something I could do at home I would spare more time.

- how many therapies have you done in the past?

didn't keep track of it, but at least a dozen

- are you male or female?

male

- can you really focus on a single task or goal, even obsessively?

it is hard

- how dysfluent is your speech?

strong I would say

- how variable is your fluency?

if I speak nonsense it can become quite fluent, but the more important the sings are I have to say, the more disfluent I become.

- did you have an incident at age 3-5 that could have impacted stuttering?

jes

- what therapy options are there in your neighbourhood?

only a self-help group

- are you embarassed to talk about your stuttering?

No

Tom Weidig said...

Thx for the answers! But I thought you would post new questions that might be relevant for deciding which therapy to do.

Jerome said...

Oops, I should have read your post more carefully! :)

ferramis said...

I did the same mistake. Okay, here are some questions:

To find out how the person stands to his stuttering:
- Where do you look when you stutter? Do you would like to stop the conversation? Do you want your opponent to finish/guess your sentence? Do you have much more to say then you always do, ie do you shorten your answers so that you dont have to say so much?

To find out how "far" he would go to test what he is capable of:
- Do you would like to have the opportunity to give a short speach about some topic to an audience you are not familiar with? Do you would like to speak in front of a group about your stuttering? (we in our group found out that it would be much easier to speak infront of a big group about ones stuttering rather than any other topic)? Do you laugh about your stuttering, with other about funny situations related to your stuttering (like if other people get in panic and ask if they should call the ambulance)?

It is not easy to come up with questions.