Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering (ARTS®) Training
Sisskin Stuttering Center offers periodic ARTS ® trainings for speech-language therapists.
Our 2 ½ day workshop provides an overview of the theory and principles of Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering (ARTS®), presents the nuts and bolts of strength-based assessment, and describes therapy principles for both children and adults. Video demonstration and case presentations illustrate treatment concepts. Mentors (clients who participate in ARTS® Groups) provide personal perspectives and aid in application of theory in break-out groups. We offer both in-person and virtual training.
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Professional Development Activities
Our team of stuttering specialists offers professional development activities both in-person and virtually to school districts, places of business, and health care providers. We can tailor our presentations, workshops, and individual consults to meet the needs of your organization.
- For speech language therapists – Developing advanced skills and knowledge for stuttering assessment and therapy (introductory and advanced levels)
- For speech language therapists running ARTS® groups – group observation and consultation
- For school-based instructional personnel – Ideas for supporting students who stutter in your classroom and beyond
- For parents and caregivers of children who stutter – supporting your child at home
- For children who stutter – small group workshops on topics related to understanding stuttering, responding to teasing/bullying; developing confidence as a communicator.
- For supervisors and co-workers – Developing a stutter-friendly workplace
- For all audiences – The nature of stuttering and an overview of new research related to stuttering
- We can tailor professional development events for school districts to meet identified needs
Some of the topics we have presented to school-based speech therapists include:
- Acceptance-based stuttering therapy for school-age children
- Strength-based assessment for school-age children who stutter
- Writing meaningful and realistic IEP goals
- Effective group therapy for children who stutter
- Talking about thoughts and feelings with kids who stutter
- Is it really stuttering? Differential diagnosis of varying forms of disfluency
- Effective therapy for children who stutter with other differences (example, autism; ADHD; cluttering; Down syndrome)
We offer in-person and virtual consultation services for individual cases.
Activities for individual clients and/or therapists may include:
- Records review, video clip analysis, and recommendations
- Development of therapy plan and/or IEP goals
- Observation of session and feedback on therapy activities
- Development of individualized therapy activities