Stuttering, a complex problem, can affect people in many different ways.
Many individuals report difficulties making phone calls, giving oral presentations, or ordering at restaurants, while others identify situations such as talking one-on-one as difficult. Regardless how it affects you, a more fluent speech pattern can be developed.
Our assessment begins with the evaluation of both unique physical, or behavioral symptoms of the disfluency as well as cognitive, or emotional issues that may also exist. These vary depending on the age of the individual and the severity of the stuttering. Goals for therapy address both the cognitive and behavioral symptoms. After a comprehensive, in depth evaluation, an individual therapy plan is agreed upon.
Therapy is a combination of the Fluency Shaping and Fluency Modification approaches which is tailored to the individual’s needs. New patterns of more fluent speech are developed in the clinical setting and transferred into real world speaking situations. Therapy also involves developing a healthier attitude toward communication and stuttering as appropriate to the individual. Each client is actively involved in designing his or her own treatment plan. Education is provided for family and other individuals, and they may be included in therapy as appropriate.
The process of transfer consists of establishing new patterns of more fluent speech consistently in situations outside the clinic – this is called stabilization. Individuals soon generalize these skills; transferring these new behaviors empowering each individual to maximize his potential in all situations – this is a key objective of this program.
For children 2-6 who warrant speech therapy, the highly effective F.A.S.T. Fluency Program™ is preferred. F.A.S.T. is an acronym for Family And Slp Treatment. This is a direct model in which parents are trained to facilitate practice at home. Resolving stuttering in this age group typically takes less than a dozen sessions.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is integrated into therapy where appropriate. CBT offers highly effective strategies and processes that can expedite relief from the cognitive and emotional aspects often associated with stuttering. CBT compliments traditional approaches and makes for cutting-edge fluency therapy! Tim is a certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Neuro Semantics. Social Anxiety commonly develops after years of stuttering. Anxiety overwhelms the person who stutters and makes the use of speech strategies inconsistent at best. CBT is often the missing link to past attempts at therapy. Adults from 20-70 years of age have enjoyed relief from old, well-established patterns of negative thinking and fear.
Therapy sessions are held twice per week to encourage carry-over. They quickly decrease in frequency as appropriate to the individual’s rate of success. Quarterly check-ups are recommended for one year following regular therapy to promote sustained success.
Not in Atlanta? A customized program can be tailored for long distance patients. This can combine an intensive program in Atlanta and be followed by live, internet sessions. Last year alone people from 16 states in the United States and 3 foreign countries selected our services. Find out why.
The skills are self evident. The deciding factor is you. Your road to more fluent speech will begin when you make the appointment.