THE STUTTERING FOUNDATION WINTER 2013
A Nonprofit Organization Brain
Development in Stuttering
By Deryk S. Beal, Ph.D., R.SL
P, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP University of Alberta
I recently spent 2 years studying brain development, motor learning, computational neuroscience and stuttering in Boston, Massachusetts. I am Canadian, and I also happen to be an intense hockey fan, and the team that I cheer for is the Boston Bruins. The Bruins take as their logo a large ‘B’ at the center of a circle with spokes radiating out from it. The significance of this symbol is that Boston is the eco- nomic and cultur-
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al ‘hub’ of New England; the metropolis where all people and things intersect. For me, the logo is analogous to the future state of knowledge discovery in develop- mental stuttering.
For many years now, individual researchers have explored the sep- arate spokes of the stuttering prob- lem in relative isolation as com- pared to the interdisciplinary team approach afforded other health problems. Around the world, dif- ferent labs have focused on the ge- netics underlying the disorder, or its neural correlates, or the psy- choeducational characteristics of people with the disorder, or the impact of various types of phar- maceutical and behavioral treat- ment protocols on the speech and cognitive aspects that define stut- tering. The achievements in each
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Since 1947 ... Helping Those Who Stutter
A Fresh Look at Avoidance
Reduction Therapy Starting with the Stuttering Foundation’s very first project with Charles Van Riper in the late 1940s, professors working in the field of stuttering have taken a hard look at how avoidance be- haviors – avoiding words and sit- uations in which one expects to stutter – affect those who stutter and stuttering itself. We know that the more we avoid any feared situation, be it fear of flying or fear of speaking, the greater those fears become. Thus, we are happy to wel- come Vivian Sisskin’s excellent
new DVD, Avoidance Reduction Therapy in a Group Setting. This is a topic that should be of great interest not only to our readers who stutter but also to the many professionals who work with stuttering.
The roots of avoidance reduc- tion therapy for stuttering are found in the pioneering work of the late Joseph Sheehan, a profes- sor of psychology at UCLA, and his wife Vivian Sheehan, a Los Angeles-based speech patholo- gist. The Sheehans applied con-
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Spanish Resources Expand Stuttering Foundation re- sources continue to help people around the world. Recently, a few more books have been translated into other languages.
translated Treating the School- Age Child Who Stutters: A Guide for Clinicians into Spanish.
“It was great to see the translation. I
sent another email to Continued on page 17
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