Are there suttering speech conferences


We are thrilled to announce the 2022 NSA Annual Conference will take place in-person from June 29-July 3! The NSA Annual Conference is a life-changing event for adults, children, families, and friends who share stuttering as a common bond.

Who studies stuttering?

To determine this difference, the speech-language pathologist will consider such factors as the family’s history of stuttering, whether the child’s stuttering has lasted 6 months or longer, and whether the child exhibits other speech or language problems.

Is stuttering a disability?

Accordingly, the definitions contained in the ADA strongly suggest that stuttering is a disability: It may impair one’s ability to speak, communicate and work.

What is a stutterer?

Overview. Stuttering — also called stammering or childhood-onset fluency disorder — is a speech disorder that involves frequent and significant problems with normal fluency and flow of speech. People who stutter know what they want to say, but have difficulty saying it.

How do you raise awareness for stuttering?

Bring it HomeConsider advertising your stuttering in your school, workplace, to friends or family, or even…the drive-through! … Sport one of our awareness bracelets. Wear one of our ‘#WESTUTTER’ t-shirts. … Consider advertising your stutter in your workplace or classroom.

What age should stuttering stop?

Stuttering usually first appears between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. Between 75-80% of all children who begin stuttering will stop within 12 to 24 months without speech therapy. If your child has been stuttering longer than 6 months, they may be less likely to outgrow it on their own.

Is stuttering fixable?

The short answer is no. There is no known cure for stuttering, and like any other speech disorder, it requires therapy and practice to treat or manage it, and while some people report that their stutter suddenly “disappears”, for most adults who stutter they will continue to do so for their entire lives.

Can emotional trauma cause stuttering?

Severe emotional trauma can cause psychogenic stuttering. Stuttering may run in families because of an inherited abnormality in the part of the brain that governs language. If you or your parents stuttered, your children may also stutter.

What is the difference between stammer and stutter?

Stuttering and stammering are the same condition, and they have the same symptoms. No matter what you prefer to call the condition, there are resources you can connect with for a diagnosis and treatment. Talk with a doctor or your child’s pediatrician if you or your child have symptoms of stuttering.

Is stuttering a neurological problem?

Thus, we can say with some certainty that stuttering arises due to differences in the brain. It is not a psychological disorder, though it can certainly have significant psychological consequences for those who live with the condition.

What is the theme of the 2021 International Stuttering Awareness Day?

Every year October 22 is observed as International Stuttering Awareness Day, since 1998. The day is intended to raise public awareness of the millions of people who have a speech disorder of stuttering or stammering. Theme 2021: “Speak the change you wish to see”.

Kristin Chmela

Kristin Chmela spends the majority of her time working with individuals of all ages with fluency disorders at her clinic, Chmela Fluency Center, in the suburban Chicago area. She has lectured on the topic of childhood stuttering around the world.

Craig Coleman

Craig Coleman is an associate professor at Marshall University and Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Craig is a Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders.

Mary Weidner

Mary Weidner is an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at Edinboro University. Her research focuses on measuring and improving children’s attitudes toward peers with communication disorders.

Elyse Lambeth

Elyse Lambeth received a master’s degree in communication disorders from University of Redlands in 2006. She received her board certification in fluency disorders in 2017 and currently serves on the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorder board.

Mike Wlison

Dr Mike Wilson is a person who stutters, husband, father of four, and dentist/dental entrepreneur.

Who are the best stutterers in the world?

Joe Donaher – Receives a salary from the Center for Childhood Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Rod Gabel – Receives a salary from the University of Toledo; is receiving an honorarium and travel expenses for his presentation. Heather Grossman – Private practice specializing in stuttering; is receiving an honorarium and travel expenses for her presentation. Caryn Herring – Is receiving an honorarium and travel expenses for her presentation. Joe Klein – Receives a salary from Appalachian State University; is receiving an honorarium and travel expenses for his presentation. Scott Palasik – Private practice specializing in stuttering; is receiving an honorarium and travel expenses for his presentation. Rita Thurman – Private practice specializing in stuttering; is receiving an honorarium and travel expenses for her presentation. Irv Wollman – Receives a salary from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; is receiving an honorarium and travel expenses for his presentation. Tricia Zebrowski – Receives a salary from the University of Iowa; is receiving an honorarium and travel expenses for her presentation.

How to help a child who stutters?

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to: 1 Explain the relationship between effective intervention and self–esteem for children who stutter. 2 Describe the need for a management approach to childhood stuttering that includes parents, professionals and support networks. 3 Identify specific social and clinical strategies for supporting children and their families.

What is a Stuttering Support Group

Stuttering support groups provide a safe space where participants can speak openly about their experiences and stutter without fear. The format allows participants to share as much or as little as they wish.

Benefits of joining a Stuttering Support Group

Support groups allow people who stutter to feel more comfortable discussing their stuttering, to feel less isolated in their experiences, and to reduce their negative thoughts and feelings about stuttering.

Are Stuttering Support Groups Just For Adults?

All people who stutter, regardless of age, benefit greatly from support. That is why we offer support groups in all age categories. For young children, support can take the form of just talking to a peer who stutters or meeting an adult role model who shares their concerns.

Will insurance pay for my support group?

Health insurance rarely covers costs for stuttering support groups. AIS is dedicated to making these resources available to all people who stutter and these sessions are free of charge to all people who wish to participate.

Join an AIS Stuttering Support Group

All past and present AIS clients are welcome to attend our support groups. If you have not attended any AIS programming, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of our speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and become part of the AIS community.

Connect with the Greater Stuttering Community

At AIS we are proud to be involved with the stuttering community and we are happy to share connections and support opportunities from other organizations, including:


Please contact Loriellen Karam at l oriellenk to be notified of upcoming workshops. If there is sufficient demand we will add more workshops.

Our upcoming Professional Workshops

It is recommended that participants have some motor speech training and/or experience.

Our past workshops

Nov. 11-13, 2021 (virtual) – Fluency Plus: A Comprehensive Program for School Age Children and Teens (9+) Who Stutter
Marni Kinder, M.H. Sc. Reg. CASLPO – 3 day


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