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.

Lexipontix vs Superhero: Let the Game Begin!

Speakers: George Fourlas, M.Ed., M.Sc., Speech & Language Therapist, Fluency Specialist.

Dimitris Marousos, M.Sc., Speech & Language Therapist, Fluency Specialist.

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Time: 3:00-4:30 pm ET

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Description: Lexipontix is a structured therapy program for children who stutter aged 8 to 12 years. The program addresses the overall stuttering experience of the child and family, aimed at “Communication Restructuring” (Fourlas & Marousos, 2014). It uses the ICF model (WHO, 2001) as a clinical framework for assessment and treatment. It is based on the theoretical principles and clinical practices of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Fluency Shaping and Stuttering Modification and integrates those practices in therapy in a child friendly manner. The program lasts for twelve sessions over a period of three months followed by a closing session one month after. Then, progress is monitored by follow up sessions for a period of one year.

Therapy develops as a role game between the mouse called Lexipontix and the child in the role of a Superhero who defends his “Factory of Mind” with the help of the parents and therapist, members of the child’s (therapeutic) “Alliance” (Fourlas & Marousos, 2015).  The alliance empowers the child to identify the invasions of Lexipontix in the “Factory of Mind” and to explore the use of “Tools” in order to maintain or regain control over the components of the “Factory of Mind” (i.e. the “Machine of Thoughts”, the “Lab of Emotions,” the “Body Sensors,” and the “Machine of Behaviors and Words”). Parents and child learn and practice with the use of different “Tools” by playing board and card games as well as participating in real life “Experiments” and “Missions.” As a result of therapy, the threatening mouse gradually becomes a companion pet (Fourlas, 2016).  

In this workshop, the theme, the structure, and the clinical tools and practices of the program will be discussed in relation to their theoretical underpinnings and clinical rationale. Samples of the manual of the program will be presented for participants to have a taste of the material that is used. Clinical examples on how the program empowers members of the family to make use of their own resources to gain and maintain locus of control and to assimilate clinical tools in a way that produces meaningful changes in their communication and life will be discussed.

References

  • Fourlas G., Marousos, D. (2014). “Lexipontix”: Developing a Structured Stuttering Therapy Programme for School Age Children. 4th European Symposium on Fluency Disorders, Antwerp 27-29 March 2014.
  • Fourlas, G. & Marousos, D. (2015). A report on the development and clinical application of Lexipontix, a new therapy programme for school age CWS. Procedia-Social & Behavioural Sciences, 193, 92-107.
  • Fourlas G. (2016). Lexipontix: the threatening mouse becomes a companion pet. Keynote presentation. 5th European Symposium on Fluency Disorders, Thomas More, Antwerp.
  • World Health Organization (2001). International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Geneva: WHO.

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, Researchers.
  • There is no fee for this event.

*This course is not eligible for CEUs

Bios:

George Fourlas is a Speech and Language Therapist, Fluency Specialist (EFS), and head of the Stuttering Research and Therapy Centre (ΚΕΘΤ) in Athens, Greece. He is lecturer and coach in the European Clinical Specialization in Fluency (ECSF). He is involved in clinical work, research, teaching and clinical supervision. He is a member of the IALP fluency committee and the Greek SIG in Fluency Disorders.

Dimitris Marousos is a Speech and Language Therapist, Fluency Specialist (EFS), and clinical supervisor of the Speech and Language Centre EU-LEGEIN in Volos, Greece. He is a mentor in the European Clinical Specialization in Fluency (ECSF). He has extensive experience in clinical supervision, and he conducts research in the area of stuttering. He is a member of the IFA Professional Liaison Committee and a member of the Greek SIG in fluency disorders.

Stuttering Therapy: What Needs to Change and Who Decides?

Speaker: Tricia Zebrowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Date: November 4, 2020

Time: 6-7:15 pm ET

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  • Adolescents and adults who stutter (AWS) often come to therapy unclear about what, if anything, they want to change about their stuttering, and why it is important for them to do so. While speech fluency is frequently at the top of the list for AWS (and certainly for speech-language pathologists) this focus can mask more personally meaningful changes, such as the way AWS and their listeners react to their stuttering. The mismatch between therapy goals and their meaningfulness to the individual can result in noncompliance, relapse or decreased likelihood of continuing in therapy altogether. In this presentation, we reframe motivation as readiness to change, and describe ways to help AWS identify both what they want to change about their stuttering and what they are ready to take on in the process of doing so.
  • Intended audience: Speech-Language Pathologists, Parents of Children and Teens who Stutter, Adults who Stutter
  • There is no fee for this event
    *This session is not eligible for CEUs
    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: Tricia Zebrowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Professor Emerita at the University of Iowa, and a speech-language pathologist specializing in stuttering. Her clinical, research and teaching expertise is stuttering intervention, with a special focus on teenagers who stutter. For over 20 years, Tricia directed UISPEAKS for Teens, a residential therapy program for teens who stutter. Her most recent work attempts to uncover the ways of thinking that facilitate teenagers’ decisions about their stuttering.