Stuttering Well:

A Conversation about the Self-Management of Stuttering Christopher D. Constantino, PWS, CCC-SLP, PhD, Florida State University

Stuttering as an adult can be difficult. Although therapy is often helpful,after having been in therapy throughout our school careers, it may not be very enticing. Additional barriers to therapy may include time, expense, and/ or a lack of specialist availability. Self-help may also be problematic. Our local self-help group may be nonexistent or anemic. If we are still struggling with our speech, what can we do? In this talk, I present an orientation towards stuttering that offers opportunities for growth. We will discuss how to get more comfortable stuttering and how to speak with greater ease and spontaneity. We can practice these things on our own, in our everyday lives.

The Positive Impact of Advocacy on Self-Confidence and Resiliency in Children who Stutter Courtney Byrd, PhD, CCC-SLP

Research has demonstrated advocacy on behalf of self and others can yield positive increases in self-confidence and resiliency. A panel of children ranging from preschool to adolescence who are participating in Camp Dream. Speak. Live, an evidence-based intensive treatment program targeting the affective and cognitive correlates of stuttering, will discuss the positive impact of educating others about stuttering. Children will share their personal experiences including what they most wish people knew about stuttering and will provide advice for talking with kidswho stutter.

The Role of Acceptance, Commitment, and Mindfulness in Stuttering Therapy Courtney Byrd, PhD, CCC-SLP

Research has demonstrated that through acceptance and commitment therapy persons who stutter can learn a range of skills that mitigate negative thoughts and feelings about stuttering and facilitate progress towards valued communication goals. A panel of adults who recently completed an Acceptance and Commitment Workshop will discuss how their participation led to the following meaningful outcomes: 1) reduced avoidance behaviors; 2) increased acceptance of self and stuttering; and 3) effective management of difficult thoughts and feelings through mindfulness skills. Participants will provide insight for clinicians and other persons who stutter who are considering employing this approach and will share how these outcomes helped them to move forward in their lives in ways that their thoughts, feelings about their stuttering previously prevented.

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