My client knows that he's about to stutter: How can we address stuttering anticipation during therapy with young people who stutter?

Eric S. Jackson, Hope Gerlach, Naomi H. Rodgers, Patricia M. Zebrowski

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Stuttering anticipation is endorsed by many people who stutter as a core aspect of the stuttering experience. Anticipation is primarily a covert phenomenon and people who stutter respond to anticipation in a variety of ways. At the same time as anticipation occurs and develops internally, for many individuals the knowing or feeling that they are about to stutter is a primary contributor to the chronicity of the disorder. In this article, we offer a roadmap for both understanding the phenomenon of anticipation and its relevance to stuttering development. We introduce the Stuttering Anticipation Scale (SAS)-a 25-item clinical tool that can be used to explore a client's internal experience of anticipation to drive goal development and clinical decision making. We ground this discussion in a hypothetical case study of Ryan, a 14-year-old who stutters, to demonstrate how clinicians might use the SAS to address anticipation in therapy with young people who stutter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-370
Number of pages15
JournalSeminars in Speech and Language
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018



  • Stuttering
  • Stuttering Anticipation Scale
  • anticipation
  • clinical decision making
  • stuttering treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing
  • LPN and LVN

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