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Stuttering Disorders

Stuttering Clinic for Adults

Services are provided by graduate students working under the supervision of state-licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologists. PSU Student Clinicians provide evaluation and treatment for Fluency Disorders in adults. These sessions take place at our University Campus Clinic, and typically occur two times per week for 50 minutes each session.

Our goal is to improve communication through a balance of improved understanding of stuttering and fluency, fluency facilitation strategies, and stuttering modification approaches.

Who can benefit?

Adults with a history of Stuttering, Cluttering, Neurogenic Stuttering or any other fluency disorder. Most often, adult clients will have stuttered for most or all of their lives, but especially in the case of Neurogenic Stuttering, the fluency disorder may have begun following an event such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, aneurysm, concussion, brain tumor, or brain surgery.

How does it work?

Student Clinicians create an individualized treatment plan for each client based on the results of an evaluation conducted at the beginning of the term. Therapy plans are intended to be comprehensive in addressing all aspects of a fluency disorder, and most often will combine some work on directly improving speech fluency with some work on understanding and controlling the communicative process in order to maximize communicative effectiveness.

What can you expect?

·       Comprehensive evaluation of fluency and life participation effects

·       Individualized treatment plan

·       Information about Stuttering and other Fluency Disorders, as appropriate

·       Therapy activities designed to increase and maintain fluency

·       Therapy activities designed to increase tolerance for residual disfluencies

·       Therapy activities that take clinical work outside of the therapy room

·       Assignments to work on between sessions

·       Plans designed to work toward participation in specific communicative activities

If you have questions, or would like additional information, please contact Andy McMillin, MA, CCC-SLP at andym@pdx.edu