In July, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), The Florida State University, and the Stuttering Foundation co-sponsored the third Mid-Atlantic Workshop in Philadelphia.

Speech-language pathologists from nine states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Brazil, and France met July 12-16 on the CHOP campus to learn how to assess and treat school-age children and adolescents who stutter.

Workshop leaders included Joe Donaher, Ph.D. of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Vivian Sisskin, M.A. of University of Maryland, and Lisa Scott, Ph.D., of The Florida State University.

Attendees had the privilege of hearing  a lecture on pediatric anxiety disorders presented by Dr. Martin Franklin, University of Pennsylvania, one of the world’s leading experts on treatments for pediatric anxiety.

Dr. Franklin detailed how cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to address anxiety in children and then drew parallels to treatments for childhood stuttering.

Throughout the workshop, a variety of learning opportunities were used including traditional lectures, guided case planning, small-group practice of the various clinical and relationship skills, and watching videos of therapy sessions.

“We were so thrilled to have so many clinicians from a variety of work settings devote a week of their summer to learning more about stuttering,” said Lisa Scott. Vivian Sisskin agreed and added, “The dynamics of the group were wonderf

ul.” “The dedication of these SLPs to helping kids is inspirational. Many children will benefit from the talents and interest they have,” explained Joe Donaher, who was especially enthused about hosting the workshop.

Feedback from participants included:

“After this course, I feel much more confident with making assessments, focusing on the children's difficulties and attitudes towards their stuttering, and developing a treatment plan with my clients. I hope to share the information with my co-workers and look forward to continuing to help monolingual and bilingual children who stutter.”

“This was an amazing experience for me. I am very grateful to have been a participant. Overall, a top-notch experience!!”

-From the Fall 2010 Newsletter