Teen / Adult


Treating the Adolescent and Adult

This group of teens is applying "forward moving" physical and cognitive applications to "natural" social interaction.  Fun and humor; as well as social interaction are used to build confidence in social situations.

Therapy for the adolescent and adult person who stutters is highly individual. The person who stutters brings to therapy with them, years of varied experiences, demanding differential approaches to treatment.  Ms. Cochrane’s comprehensive treatment method includes attention to physical changes applied to the speech mechanism.  Three main systems are targeted;

  • Respiration
  • Phonation
  • Articulation

Time is spent on manipulation of each.  Participants are then taught to smoothly coordinate the systems, resulting in a natural speech production.  The amount of time directed toward each component of stuttering is dependent on individual need.

  • Thoughts
  • Feelings
  • Attitudes

Thoughts and feelings contribute significantly to perpetuating the stuttering syndrome.  With guidance and support, the adult client considers how his own beliefs and attitudes may be contributing to the stuttering syndrome.  Together, with Ms. Cochrane, these elements are challenged, and gradually modified so as to sustain the physical changes made during the therapy sessions.  Avoidance Reduction Therapy, Mindfulness Training, and Acceptance and Commitment Thrapy are used with adolescent and adults.  

  • Transfer
  • Maintenance
Almost immediately therapy is taken outside of the clinic into a social environment.  Therapy sessions are held in restaurants, malls and stores.  Clients are supported in making telephone calls and giving speeches. 

Therapy may be conducted individually or in a group. Group work is often most successful, as members benefit from the insights and experiences as well as the support of others.   

Culmination of the therapy process depends upon individual goals created jointly by Ms. Cochrane and the client.