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ljh at osage.cc.utexas.edu ljh at osage.cc.utexas.edu
Fri Jun 9 09:45:56 EST 1995

Two methods which get recommended in speech pathology for educating clients,
particularly in cases where the patient is likely to have an emotional reaction
to the information are to present information about the disorder the patient
shows neutrally, without directly labelling it as applicable to the patient
(i.e., for a voice disorder, particularly one in which the patient's own
behavior is contributing, "this is what we know about vocal hygeine"), and
to schedule a follow-up appointment if possible so that the patient does
not have to absorb and process all the information in one sitting. The idea
behind the first method is that this is less likely to trigger a defensive
reaction, and the idea behind the second is to give the patient time to
deal with the information emotionally before having to make any decisions
about it.
  Lisa J. Harris

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