ERIC Number: EJ741233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Therapy Talk: Analyzing Therapeutic Discourse
Leahy, Margaret M.
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v35 n1 p70-81 Jan 2004
Therapeutic discourse is the talk-in-interaction that represents the social practice between clinician and client. This article invites speech-language pathologists to apply their knowledge of language to analyzing therapy talk and to learn how talking practices shape clinical roles and identities. A range of qualitative research approaches, including ethnography of communication, conversation analysis, and frame theory, provides a background for the case presentation of a 13-year-old girl who stutters. Asymmetry is a feature of the therapeutic discourse presented, with evidence of recognition of the client's communicative competence emerging. Applications of analyzing therapy talk are discussed, illustrating the relevance of this approach for clinicians.
Descriptors: Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Qualitative Research, Ethnography, Communicative Competence (Languages), Allied Health Personnel, Communication (Thought Transfer), Stuttering, Females, Discourse Analysis
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