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.

Speech Disfluencies in Bilingual Speakers

Speaker: Selma Saad Merouwe, MRes., PhD Candidate, Lecturer and researcher at the department of Speech and Language Pathology at the Saint-Joseph University of Beirut; Fluency disorders specialist at TERAP multidisciplinary clinic, Beirut.

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Time: Noon-1:15 pm ET

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Description: Our insight in the frequency and types of the disfluencies of bilingual children who do and do not stutter is limited, because research has primarily focused on monolinguals. Recently, many studies have been carried out including children with different language dyads to better understand the interlinguistic characteristics that can distinguish bilingual children who do and do not stutter from their monolingual peers. This should lead to a better identification of stuttering in bilinguals. This 75-min webinar will include a presentation of the theoretical background related to this specific topic, and some preliminary findings of a research project carried out in Lebanon.

Details:

  • Note: Please register if you can attend the LIVE event only. A recording will be available on our Streaming Video Site for a small fee ($10) within a few weeks.
  • Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists*, Parents of Children who Stutter, Adults who Stutter
  • There is no fee for this event.
    *This course is not eligible for CEUs at this time

Bio: Selma Saad Merouwe is a Slovak-Lebanese Speech and Language Therapist and an ECSF graduate. She is a lecturer and a researcher in fluency disorders at Saint-Joseph University of Beirut, and a PhD candidate at both Turku University (Finland) and Saint-Joseph University. In her clinical practice and research, she focuses on fluency disorders and bilingualism.

Cultivating Stuttering Pride: Guiding Principles for Speech Language Therapists

Speaker: Voon Pang, BSc Speech Pathology, MNZSTA, CPSP, University of Auckland and Skill Builders Speech Language Therapy (Private Practice)

Date: October 28, 2021

Time: 7:30-8:30pm EDT

Description: Research has shown that stuttering may be often stigmatised as a negative trait (Boyle et al., 2016, St. Louis (2015). However, more recently, the notion of "stuttering pride" and "stuttering well" has gained traction in some community circles (Campbell et al., 2019). The social model of disability and its application to stuttering therapy will be discussed along with tips and strategies to assist speech-language therapists in cultivating "stuttering pride" when working with young people who stutter. As a result of attending this talk, speech-language therapists will walk away with five principles to guide their own clinical practice.

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Details:

  • 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
    Please register if available for the live event only. A recording may be available at a later date on our streaming site for a small fee.

Bio: Voon Pang lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his partner and dog. He is a speech language therapist and clinical educator at the University of Auckland and owns a practice specializing in working with people who stutter and students with language and literacy related difficulties. His passion is to help people become the best communicator they can be as well as standing tall and being proud of their individuality.