Comprehensive Approach to Treating Teens and Adults who Stutter

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Presenter: Glenn Weybright, MS CCC-SLP                                         
This course will provide the speech language pathologist with a comprehensive approach to help teens and adults who stutter learn new ways to manage their disfluent speech. A comprehensive approach refers to teaching speech management tools to make the stuttering less annoying and at the same time help the person change negative attitudes and emotions and move forward with life. The course begins with a description of stuttering and useful models of stuttering origin and treatment. We briefly discuss assessment and then proceed into treatment, beginning with prerequisite considerations. We then cover goals, introduce a useful framework for thinking about treatment, introduce speech management tools, and cover approaches to help change attitudes and emotions and move toward acceptance.  We will also discuss medications and stuttering, electronic speech aids, and support groups and podcast programs. A special section of the course will deal with the specific challenges presented by teens who stutter. The course ends with four case studies of adult and teen clients who stutter.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the two goals involved in a comprehensive approach to treating stuttering
  • Identify six speech management tools useful in treating stuttering
  • Identify six strategies for helping a client change attitudes and emotions surrounding stuttering
  • Name the most important characteristic needed by clinicians treating adults and teens who stutter
  • Identify and describe three visuals found to be helpful with clients who stutter
About Glenn: Glenn Weybright, has been a speech-language pathologist for 34 years working first at the Hearing and Speech Institute (then called the Portland Center for Hearing and Speech) as a clinician and then head of speech-language pathology, and, since 1984, in private practice in Portland and Lake Oswego, where he sees children and adults with a wide variety of communication problems.  Clinical special interests include children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, ASD, and children and adults who stutter.  Glenn has a history of stuttering and participated successfully as a client in PSU's Stuttering Clinic in 1969. When not helping people with communication disorders, he enjoy running, fishing, kayaking, hiking, and birding. He was employed as a kayak guide/naturalist in Sitka Alaska during the summer of 2008. Glenn has a wife Debbie and four children and two grandchildren.

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:
10 min:  Housekeeping 
20 min: Intro to the topic
30 min: What is stuttering
20 min: Models
20 min: Core behaviors
20 min: Assessment
20 min: Treatment prerequisites and goals
30 min: Seven step treatment outline
45 min: Speech management tools

60 min: Counseling tools
30 min: Meds, electronic aids support groups, podcasts
45 min: Specific teen approaches
30 min: Case Studies and conclusion

Disclosure Statement: 
Financial: Glenn Weybright is a speaker for and receive royalty payments.
Non Financial: No relevant non financial relationship exists 


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