Tim, serving as president of Georgia Speech-Language and Hearing Association, meets with Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue, as he signs a proclamation to declare May as Better Hearing and Speech Month.
Defining a Specialist:
Like the medical field, speech-language pathology (SLP) is broad and is comprised of generalists and specialists. Would you go to a cardiologist for a knee injury? We have professionals in sign language, swallowing disorders, articulation, voice, stuttering, and so on.
What is an ASHA Board Recognized Fluency Specialist? The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) recognized the need for specialty recognition in the complex area of stuttering treatment. A Specialist has a minimum of 5 years experience as a certified SLP. In addition, we have documented training and treatment experience specific to stuttering. Letters of recommendation and testimonials of our proficiency are necessary for acceptance. A Specialist must then meet stringent continuing education standards and documentation of our ongoing treatment of stuttering.
An ASHA Specialty Mentor is the highest recognition given by ASHA to a specialist. These Mentors are carefully chosen and are responsible for helping certify younger SLPs desiring specialty recognition. In addition to the specialization criteria, Mentors must have documented supervision and training of SLPs in the area of fluency disorders.
Tim Mackesey is the only SLP in Georgia to be honored as a Specialist and Specialty Mentor. Atlanta Area Stuttering Specialists is the only full-time private practice devoted completely to stuttering treatment in Georgia.
For those not near the Atlanta area
There are two programs being enjoyed by a number of people who stutter and/or parents of children who stutter. These programs offer effective treatment for individuals not near Atlanta.
Last year alone, families from 16 States and 3 foreign countries traveled to Atlanta for a consultation and training to resolve stuttering. Parents of preschool children learn hands-on tools to create more fluent speech and break the cycle of stuttering. F.A.S.T. Fluency, a cutting-edge direct model, is taught to parents to stop stuttering in young children. This is a "self-image safe" approach in which positive reinforcement is at the core. Follow up can be through phone consults, video exchange, live PC camera links, or check ups in Atlanta. Many families have already had success resolving stuttering in this program. There is a unique time window in young children to resolve stuttering. The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) is embracing the new evolution of consumers connecting with specialists globally.
Employing a combination of traditional fluency strategies and incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), tele-health therapy can be very effective. The integration of behavioral strategies and anxiety elimination is often the difference that makes the difference. The ages of current clientele taking advantage of long distance services is 6-55. Clientele ranges from the Orient, Middle East, Europe, and North America. Assignments may include internet technology and video exchange. See Ian's Homerun for information about a successful phone consultation program.
Fees vary according to services rendered.
From California to Atlanta
Words cannot describe how much Coach Tim helped my 10 now 11 year old son. We came from California after several years with other therapists. Coach Tim was able to help my son in a manner that he could understand and gave him techniques to improve on his own. My son is now almost stutter free – and only continues to improve!! Thank you Coach Tim!!