In the course of delivering presentations about Fluency and Fluency Disorders at state, regional, and national conferences, as well as private groups over the years, a recurring theme voiced by so many has been some form of, “I am uncomfortable treating those who stutter.”
Consider these statements (Games & Gabel, 2008):
For people who stutter, appropriate therapy may be difficult to access for several reasons. One reason is that many speech-language pathologists report being uncomfortable or ill-prepared to work with people who stutter (Brisk, Healey, & Hux, 1997; St. Louis & Durrenberger, 1993). This lack of comfort and lack of preparation may be due to a continuing reduction in educational and clinical preparation of SLPs in the area of stuttering (Yaruss & Quesal, 2002). Additionally, children in the schools might have problems receiving appropriate treatment because of the large caseloads school SLPs must manage (Mallard, Gardner, & Downey, 1988; Yaruss, 2002). Finally, there is a limited number of SLPs who specialize in treating individuals who stutter (Manning, 2001).
During 2014 and beyond, my goal is to provide current, evidence-based webinars and resources related to Fluency and Fluency Disorders for practicing SLPs. I would like to invite you to visit the National Association for Speech Fluency (NASF) web at http://nasf.businesscatalyst.
I would also encourage you to consider completing the “Sign-up for updates & resources” form on the NASF home page so you can receive notice of upcoming presentations and other resources.
There is no charge to view/attend any of the webinars. If you wish ASHA CEU credit for a presentation, there is a $6.50 processing fee per webinar. There is no test for CEU credit; the only requirements are: attendance and payment of the processing fee.
Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F
Ricky is a speech-language pathologist with a career that includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
Brisk, D. J., Healey, E. C., Hux, K. A. ( 1997). Clinicians' training and confidence associated with treating school-age children who stutter: A national survey. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 28, 164- 176.
Games, Diane C. & Gabel, Rodney. (2008) The impact of an intensive treatment program on graduate clinicians’ perception of treating children/teens who stutter. SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 18, 78-83.
Mallard, A. R., Gardner, L. S., Downey, C. S. ( 1988). Clinical training in stuttering for school clinicians. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 13, 253- 259.
Manning, W. H. ( 2001). Clinical decision making in fluency disorders ( 2nd ed.) San Diego, CA: Singular-Thomson.
St. Louis, K., Durrenberger, C. ( 1993, December). What communication disorders do experienced clinicians prefer to manage?. Asha, 35, 23- 31.
Yaruss, J. S. ( 2002). Facing the challenge of treating stuttering in the schools. Seminars in Speech and Language, 23, 153- 157.
Yaruss, J. S., Quesal, R. ( 2002). Academic and clinical education in fluency disorders: An update. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 27, 43- 63.