Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering (ARTS®) Virtual Workshop June 23-25, 2024

This virtual workshop includes 3 days (16 hours) of instruction, covering ARTS® basics:

  • Theoretical premises and guiding principles
  • Culture/values
  • Therapy procedures and activities

The workshop is designed for speech-language therapists with a solid understanding of stuttering and traditional therapy approaches. Application has been submitted for 1.6 ASHA CEUs (16 hours) at Advanced, Professional Level.

Description of the Workshop

Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering (ARTS®) is based on the principle that there is a difference between stuttering, a neuro-developmental difference, and struggling, learned behaviors created through reactivity to or avoidance of stuttering. Suppression of speech disfluency, concealing one’s identity as a person who stutters, and negative thoughts/emotions related to the experience of stuttering can lead to significant adverse impact.

ARTS® is a stuttering-affirming approach to therapy that guides stutterers on their individualized journey of acceptance and change. Those who stutter are supported to embrace their difference, resist stigma, and reduce physical and emotional reactivity to disfluency. The stutterer lets go of struggle, whether fear-based or habitual, and thrives with spontaneous disfluency. Therapy outcomes include efficiency, comfort, and confidence in communication.

This workshop will present foundational theory and principles of Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering (ARTS®), ideas to assess for desired therapy outcomes, and the basics of therapy procedures for adults and children. Our participatory clinical training engages community stakeholders in the learning/teaching process. Mentors, current and former stutterers on their ARTS® journey, will share their stories, moderate break-out groups, and provide perspectives from the stutterer’s therapy experience.

Presenter bio – Vivian Sisskin

Vivian Sisskin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-SCF is a Clinical Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland, an ASHA Fellow, and a Board-Certified Specialist in Stuttering, Cluttering, and Fluency Disorders. She and her associates created the YouTube Channel “Open Stutter” – a resource for acceptance and change for stutterers and their allies. Sisskin directs the Sisskin Stuttering Center PLLC.


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