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Therapy for Stuttering


Therapy for Stuttering

Therapy Materials

The materials on assessment and therapy for speech-language pathologists who work with people who stutter has been integrated into another resource on treatment materials, HERE

Finding a Therapy Program

"There are many false and wild claims for treatment on the internet and elsewhere." The International Stuttering Association has published an important statement when evaluating any therapy program. The purpose of the following declaration is to "improve the understanding of what to expect and how to guard against disappointment." Stuttering Therapy and the Danger of Misleading Treatment Claims; ISA Point of View prepared by Dr. Bert Bast (ISA Board of Directors and NFS Netherlands), the Chair of BVSS Germany, the CEO of BSA UK, and Chair of ELSA Europe

  • Brochure: Why Speech Therapy in PDF from the Stuttering Foundation of America

  • Finding an appropriate therapy program and speech therapist isn't always easy. This section is being developed to assist in that process.
  • The Stuttering Foundation provides a listing of intensive therapy programs.
  • List of European Clinical Specialization Fluency Disorders therapists
  • For kids, teens and adults who stutter

    Therapy Programs/Approaches

    There are many different approaches to therapy for persons who stutter.
    How to get the most out of therapy provides information from the National Stuttering Project, and includes a section by Hugo Gregory and Eugene Cooper, two internationally respected speech-language pathologists, on choosing a clinician. Other helpful suggestions are provided in How To Choose A Therapy/Therapist by Gerald F. Johnson

  • Questions for Consumers to Ask about Products or Procedures for hearing, balance, speech, language, swallowing, and related disorders - an ASHA site for consumers.

  • Is There A Cure For Stammering - helpful article from the British Stammering Association.

    Guest Editorial: To our Clinicians by Charles Van Riper.

    General information

    Included in this section are links to a variety of widely-accepted approaches to stuttering therapy. It is in no way an endorsement of any particular treatment strategy. The programs in this section are run by trained and certified speech-language pathologists. The following may be of value for some people, and are sometimes used in conjunction with various therapy approaches such as those described above.

  • Teletherapy/Telepractice and stuttering therapy
  • Information about Electronic Devices
  • Medical/Drug treatments for stuttering
  • Relaxation and Suggestion Techniques
  • Counseling or Psychotherapy
  • Other resources that may be of interest for some people who stutter.

    There are also other programs, typically intensive in nature, for persons who stutter, which are conducted by individuals who are not currently certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for various reasons, or, in several cases, are located outside the United States and may or may not be certified by their country's professional certification board. Some of them are established by persons who stutter who have designed programs out of their own experience. Since they have established an internet presence, they are linked below. Read all materials carefully. If a program tends to blame the person who stutters if the treatment isn't "successful," this is a "red flag." Any website or program that suggests someone has found "the cure" for stuttering, guarantees a 100 percent cure, or attempts to treat stuttering solely by correspondence would not be considered within ethical practice standards of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association.

    Information on experience with some of the programs listed below is also available here

    Let the Buyer AVOID

    Image created by Grant Meredith and used here with permission

    Misleading adverts - an article in Speaking Out by the British Stammering Association Chair Leys Geddes who has been involved in a campaign against advertisements that give false hope by offering to 'cure' stammering.

    Digital snake oil: The emergence of online stuttering scams and slams by Grant Meredith and Anthony Gunn, written for the ISAD 2012 online conference.

    ANY proposed speech therapy program for stuttering/stammering that claims to cure or eliminate stuttering in adults that has established an online presence will be listed below. Most of these "programs" are simply ways to empty the pocketbooks of people who stutter. Sites that advertise cures and rely only on "testimonials" (which are often simply made up by the scam artist putting the site online) should be avoided.

  • A classic example of a scam program - KillYourStutter

    Arjun Lal from Canada has developed many scam sites. Compare the following two. Notice the sites are basically identical except for the product advertised. Some of the "verified testimonials" are simply pictures of people that Lal has lifted off the internet without permission, given a false name and written a "testimonial" for.

    If you type the words kill your stutter scam into Google, there are many sites that when you open them, lead to the kill your stutter site. This is yet another marketing ploy to be aware of. Some of the sites found using Google's search engine, open "reviews" such as one by Dan H, who has published 23 articles online "reviewing" many products, leading the reader to websites to purchase products, undoubtedly as click-throughs to sites promising money to the referrer. I will not provide the URL, but Dan H publishes a review of Kill You Stutter that blames the person who stutters if he is not successful with the program. This is yet another red flag that should warn the reader that this program is a SCAM. See Dan's statement below.

    You can also find a few good "Quackery Alerts" for Kill Your Stutter

  • A few other examples of online programs that guarantee a cure for stuttering

    Additional Suggestions On Managing Stuttering Behaviors

    Additional Information on Stammering Therapy for Adults - from the BSA website.

    Most of the following suggestions and websites have been developed by individuals who stutter. In those cases, they feel their ideas have worked for them and are shared below. The SHP makes no guarentees or endorsements, it simply provides information that others may find useful. The reader is warned that an idea may work for one individual and not for another.

    Information on Efficacy of Stuttering Treatment

    Does stuttering therapy work? There has been some research about that question. There has also been some personal experience with various therapy approaches. Both kinds of information are provided here for the interested reader to explore.

    Some research about efficacy

    Experience with Various Therapy Approaches: Some "true believers" and some "non-believers" express their opinions

    Qualifying and Paying for Therapy Services

    This section is designed to provide some direction in helping consumers and professionals find information for both qualifying and funding services. If you have additional materials that would be helpful, please contact
    Judy Kuster

  • Discussion about the IEP Process for a child who stutters from the perspective of one parent and a clinician in the schools.
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Insurance for Stuttering Therapy
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