Virtual Learning by Stuttering Foundation is an online series of interactive workshops with a variety of offerings for speech-language pathologists, parents, and individuals who stutter.

The series includes monthly offerings ranging from clinical training opportunities, to parent education, to a platform for people who stutter of all ages to share their stories. Sessions are moderated by many of the world’s leading clinicians, researchers, and self-help advocates — bringing learning and collaboration to you.

Understanding and Influencing the Stigma of Stuttering

Speaker: Michael P. Boyle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP,
Montclair State University

Date: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Time: 6-7:30pm ET

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Description: Communicative participation and quality of life can be impaired by the stigma associated with stuttering. Public and private stigma can act as barriers to the achievement of life goals. This presentation will provide attendees with a deeper understanding of stigma as it pertains to stuttering, with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches to stigma reduction for individuals who stutter.

• Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists*, Parents, Adults who Stutter
• There is no fee for this event.
*This course is not eligible for CEUs at this time

Bio: Michael P. Boyle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Montclair State University where he directs the fluency disorders laboratory, teaches graduate courses in stuttering, and conducts research on the psychosocial aspects of stuttering including stigma and empowerment.


Reducing the impact of stuttering on your daily life: Slaying the Iceberg Beast

Speaker: Rick Arenas, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

Time: 8-9:15pm ET

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Description:  For some of us, stuttering has played, and continues to play, a huge role in our lives.  At times, stuttering may feel like a heavy weight that limits us or a force that influences us to do things that we do not want to do (e.g. avoidance behaviors).  In this presentation, we will look at the control that stuttering can have over us but more importantly we will analyze what we can do to reduce the influence it has over how we live our lives.  A short lecture will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

• Target Audience: Teens and adults who stutter, Speech-language pathologists*
• There is no fee for this event
*This course is not eligible for CEUs

Bio: Rick Arenas is an associate professor at the University of New Mexico.  His primary area of research is developmental stuttering.  In his early career he focused on the neurobiological mechanisms involved in the variability of stuttering across contexts.  Recently his research has transitioned toward the way people relate to their stuttering and how it plays a role in their personal narrative.  Using qualitative methods, he is investigating how people who stutter change their thoughts and beliefs to live harmoniously with stuttering.   


Cluttering: Shared Experiences from the Child, Adult and Family Member Perspective

Speaker: Kathleen Scaler Scott, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F; Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA

Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

Time: 5-6:15pm ET

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Description: Cluttering is a fluency disorder which is becoming better understood in recent years. However, there is little known about the lived experiences of those who clutter. This workshop will cover the following:

  1. Defining cluttering and its symptomatology
  2. Review of what we do know about the lived experiences of those who clutter
  3. Shared experiences from individuals who clutter and their family members
  4. Time for question and answer with all speakers


• Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Adults and Teens who Clutter, Family members and friends of those who clutter.
• There is no fee for this event.
*This course is not eligible for CEUs at this time

Bio:  Kathleen Scaler Scott, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F is a Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University. Dr. Scaler Scott’s research and clinical interests include cluttering, atypical disfluencies and disfluency with concomitant diagnoses. She is co-editor of a textbook on cluttering, co-author of a treatment manual on cluttering, and author of Fluency Plus, a treatment manual focusing on treating cluttering, stuttering, atypical disfluencies along with concomitant disorders. Dr. Scaler Scott was the first Coordinator of the International Cluttering Association, and the 2018 recipient of the Deso Weis Award for Excellence in the Field of Cluttering.