<p>Purpose: During the 2019 Fourth Croatia Clinical Symposium, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), scholars, and researchers from 29 countries discussed speech-language pathology and psychological practices for the management of early and persistent stuttering. This paper documents what those at the Symposium considered to be the key contemporary clinical issues for early and persistent stuttering. Methods: The authors prepared a written record of the discussion of Symposium topics, taking care to ensure that the content of the Symposium was faithfully reproduced in written form. Results: Seven contemporary issues for our field emerged from the Symposium. Conclusion: Effective early intervention is fundamental to proper health care for the disorder. However, as yet, there is no consensus about the timing of early intervention and how it should be managed. Currently, clinical translation is a barrier to evidence-based practice with early stuttering, and proactive strategies were suggested for junior SLPs. Apprehension emerged among some discussants that treatment of early stuttering may cause anxiety. For persistent stuttering, assessment procedures were recommended, as were strategies for dealing with childhood bullying. There was agreement that SLPs are the ideal professionals to provide basic cognitive-behavior therapy for clients with persistent stuttering. Questions were raised about our discipline standards for basic professional preparation programs for stuttering management.</p>

doi.org/10.1016/j.jfludis.2021.105844, hdl.handle.net/1765/135915
Journal of Fluency Disorders
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Robyn Lowe, Suzana Jelčić Jakšić, Mark Onslow, Sue O'Brian, Martine Vanryckeghem, Sharon Millard, … Valerie Lim. (2021). Contemporary issues with stuttering. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 70. doi:10.1016/j.jfludis.2021.105844