About the presenter: Craig E. Coleman is a Clinical Coordinator at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and Co-Director of the Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Pittsburgh. Craig is a member of the National Insurance Advocacy Initiative and Chair of the National Stuttering Association's Insurance Advocacy Committee. In addition, Craig is an elected member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Legislative Council. Craig provides clinical service to preschool, school-age, and adolescent children who stutter and is involved in clinical research activities.

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Hidden Treasure of Stuttering Resources

by Craig Coleman
from Pennsylvania, USA


When evaluating or treating childhood stuttering, it can be difficult for clinicians to know where to start. In addition to providing effective intervention for the child, clinicians must also help educate parents, teachers, and others in the child's life about stuttering. Even though this can be an intimidating proposition, there are many resources and materials available that can help from both a treatment and education standpoint.

The resources provided below include a brief description and most are in PDF file format. Those resources marked with require a free Adobe reader which can be downloaded here. These are all materials that I have found useful when working with children who stutter. Please feel free to print these materials and use them yourself. Whether you are a clinician, student, parent, person who stutters, family member, teacher, or physician, I hope you will not only use these materials, but continue to improve them through your feedback, as well. All of the resources below are from the Stuttering Center of Western PA (www.stutteringcenter.org). Readers are encouraged to examine the many other wonderful resources from other facilities in order to have a wide variety of "tools" available for those who stutter.

Remember, stuttering is a unique communication disorder that presents not only many challenges, but also many opportunities. Through effective treatment, we can help children who stutter unlock their communication potential. No matter what your relationship to the child, there is no better feeling than to be a long for the ride.


Teachers Physicians Assessment Free Newsletters Insurance Parent / Child Training Program (PCTP)

As an initial phase of treatment for preschool children who stutter, we administer the PCTP (Yaruss, Coleman, & Hammer, in review). This combines aspects of both indirect and direct treatment and can serve as the sole form of treatment, or a beginning stage of treatment, with a more direct approach to follow. In this program, parents are taught techniques for facilitating fluent speech in the home environment. Following the approximately six sessions of the PCTP, the child may be discharged and monitored, or more direct individual treatment may be recommended. The handouts below are used with the PCTP in the initial parent education and counseling.

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August 7, 2005
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