NSA 2014: Red, White, Blue, & You!"
Come celebrate the freedom to say what you want and let your speech ring proudly in the nation's capital as the National Stuttering Association hosts four days of powerful workshops, unlimited inspiration, and stuttering pride. Our conference is July 2-6, 2014, at the Renaissance Gallery Place, in Washington, DC. For more information please visit our web site at www.westutter.org.
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.