Student-delivered intensive smooth speech programs for adolescents and adults who stutter: A preliminary exploration of student confidence, anxiety, and interest
Gaining clinical competencies in the assessment and management of stuttering is challenging for speech pathology students in many university programs. Lack of local expertise in fluency management and funding shortfalls have resulted in a paucity of quality services in public and private health facilities and schools for adolescents and adults who stutter (AAWS). One method of developing competencies and capacity to support student learning and the needs of AAWS is through student-led intensive smooth speech programs. This study investigated 38 students' perceptions of their anxiety, confidence, and interest levels in working with AAWS. This information was collected prior to and immediately following participation in 5-day intensive programs. Results indicated that students' reported levels of anxiety decreased and that their confidence and interest levels in working with AAWS increased following the program. The benefits of student-delivered intensive programs in clinical education and elements that contribute to their success are discussed.
Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology
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