by Ross S. Barrett M.A.
EVMS Fluency Shaping Program is a comprehensive therapy for the treatment of stuttering. The term fluency shaping is descriptive of the process by which the speech of stutterers is reconstructed. Through an exacting gradation of activity stuttered speech is progressively shaped which is essentially fluent not only in the clinical setting, but in everyday life as well.
The EVMS employs laboratory-derived principles of learning in the development of new speech skills. In the therapy program, the physical mechanisms used in the productions of speech are precisely and systematically retrained. Initially, participants in this program relearn the proper means of producing the elementary sounds of speech. The stutterers then rebuild their ability to correctly produce syllables, words, and ultimately, complete sentences.
After the completion of the therapy, a comprehensive maintenance program assists the individual in transferring fluent speech into the home environment. Periodic self-evaluations and consultation with the program director aid in the transfer of fluent speech.
The program is open to children and adults and classes are scheduled at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia throughout the year. Participants spend eight hours daily on the program for 19 days. A complete information packet containing pre and post patient videotapes are available upon request.
Ross Barrett M.A. SLP-CCC is Director of the Fluency Program and Clinical Instructor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in the speech-language pathology program at Old Dominion University. Mr Barrett, a former stuttering client at the Hollins Communications Research Institute was later hired by its Director, Dr. Ronald Webster, to become the staff Speech-Language Pathologist for the Precision Fluency Shaping Program at Hollins. Mr Barrett has worked with well over 1000 patients from all over the world.
added May 26, 1996
updated Dec. 1, 2016