Operant Procedures Applied to Stuttering Therapy for Children This report concerns operant stuttering therapy programs for five children ranging in age from six to nine years. The programs included programmed desensitization, delayed auditory feedback, and gradual increase in the length and complexity of the speech utterance. Reinforcing events ranged from social reward to points which could be exchanged ... Case Reports
Case Reports  |   May 01, 1971
Operant Procedures Applied to Stuttering Therapy for Children
 
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Case Reports   |   May 01, 1971
Operant Procedures Applied to Stuttering Therapy for Children
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1971, Vol. 36, 264-280. doi:10.1044/jshd.3602.264
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, May 1971, Vol. 36, 264-280. doi:10.1044/jshd.3602.264

This report concerns operant stuttering therapy programs for five children ranging in age from six to nine years. The programs included programmed desensitization, delayed auditory feedback, and gradual increase in the length and complexity of the speech utterance. Reinforcing events ranged from social reward to points which could be exchanged for toys. The programs varied in length from 15 to 73.3 hours. They were all successful in helping the children to establish fluent speech. Special transfer and maintenance programs were necessary for some of the children. Follow-up measures indicated that the children had maintained their fluency. The value of viewing stuttering as operant behavior was demonstrated.

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