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Mary Ackles Attends Workshop on Stuttering
Mary Ackles, M.A., CCC-SLP, a speech therapist in the Southern Oregon Education Service District, participated in the workshop, Diagnosis and Treatment of School-Age Children Who Stutter, in Portland, Oregon, from July 15-19, 2009. It was co-sponsored by the Stuttering Foundation of American and Portland State University.
“Since 1985, we have conducted these intensive workshops in order to increase the pool of speech-language pathologists trained in the latest techniques for the treatment of stuttering,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation.
“Those who are selected to participate already have professional experience and are highly motivated,” added Ellen Reuler, M. A., of Portland State University, and coordinator of the workshop. “Although the Foundation provides full scholarships, many give up their vacations or part of their income to attend. Our task is to provide a forum where they can hone their skills.”
This year’s nearly two-dozen Workshop attendees are already providing stuttering therapy from Alaska to Texas and from Thailand to Argentina.
The Stuttering Foundation estimates that over three million Americans stutter. While there are no miracle cures, a qualified speech-language pathologist can help children and adults make significant progress toward speaking fluently. A recent example is ABC’s 20/20 co-anchor, John Stossel.
The Foundation notes that the 240 past graduates of the Workshop program have frequently created a “ripple effect” back to their home communities as they continue to share their knowledge.
The SFA is a nonprofit organization that has been helping those who stutter since 1947. For more information, the public may call its toll-free number, 800-992-9392 or visit our websites at www.stutteringhelp.org and www.tartamudez.org.