May 10, 2022

Ben Goldstein, M.A., CCC-SLP joins Sara MacIntyre, M.A., CCC-SLP to discuss Avoidance Reduction Therapy (ARTS®) as it can be applied to younger individuals who stutter. Ben begins by sharing a bit about his personal journey and experiences as a person who stutters, and specifically his experiences with ARTS® as a client himself and then now as a clinician working in the public schools as well as for Sisskin Stuttering Center. Ben proceeds to give listeners a thorough history and overview of the 4 stages of ARTS® therapy, interweaving rationale and clinical examples throughout. During the later portion of the episode, Ben acknowledges the hesitations clinicians new to ARTS® may have in considering the approach with younger people who stutter; however, through Ben's examples, clinical antidotes, and recommendations, he leaves listeners feeling assured regarding its applicability and appropriateness for younger individuals and adults alike. This may be one of our favorite episodes, we hope you enjoy and another thank you to Ben Goldstein for sharing his wisdom with us!

Article in Seminars referenced in episode by Ben Goldstein and Vivian Sisskin:

For further learning:
Overview of ARTS® by Vivian Sisskin and Mark Baer
Stuttering Foundation Course: Avoidance Reduction Therapy in a Group Setting

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Ben Goldstein, M.A., CCC-SLP: is a speech-language pathologist for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and the Sisskin Stuttering Center in the Washington D.C. area. He has presented on Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering (ARTS®) at national conferences, speech pathology graduate school programs, and to school-based speech pathologists in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is passionate about working with children and adults who stutter and supporting them to become the confident, spontaneous, and effective communicators they can be. In his free time, Ben enjoys playing guitar, camping, and watching his favorite football team — the Baltimore Ravens.