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Entrepreneur Kevin Hartford who stutters featured in Wall Street Journal
Friday, 31 January 2014 03:08

KevinHartfordKevin Hartford started his own company after it seemed no one else would hire him. Today he is the president and co-owner of a successful parts manufacturing company and has been recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. Stuttertalk's Peter Reitzes interviewed Kevin about how he has coped with stuttering throughout his life, and they discuss speech therapy, the business world, and getting ahead in life as a stutterer. Check it out!

Researchers clarify position on stuttering treatment for children
Sunday, 26 January 2014 16:44
Australian researchers Ann Packman and Mark Onslow have published a letter in the journal The Asha Leader, clarifying a letter regarding research done in 2013. The study examined stuttering in preschool children and the application of speech therapy such as the Lidcombe program, and was reported on by this website. The letter is as follows:

We wish to correct any misunderstandings arising from an October letter (“Early Intervention for Stuttering: A Time for Grassroots Advocacy”) regarding a recent article on the development of stuttering in an Australian community cohort. We are co-authors on this article, which reports on an ongoing study that is following all children in a community cohort from age 8 months. In this article, we report that children who had started to stutter by age 4 years were—as a group—similar in temperament and quality of life to the children who had not started to stutter. This is likely due to the fact that the study is community-based, not clinic-based.

We do not say that treatment should be withheld from individual children who start to stutter. On the contrary, we report the following clinical guidelines for intervening with the Lidcombe program from “The Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention: A Clinician’s Guide” (Pro-Ed):

  • Waiting a year after onset may not reduce responsiveness to the program.

  • However, children should be monitored and the program implemented immediately if the child and/or family show signs of distress.

These guidelines are evidence-based, as the Lidcombe program is the only treatment for early stuttering that has been evaluated in randomized controlled trials.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Saturday, 11 January 2014 15:20

brainA new program at The Speech and Stuttering Institute in Toronto is being offered to benefit people who have challenges with speech.  The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program will be facilitated by Occupational Therapists, Todd Tran and Amanda Wu, and attended by Dr. Robert Kroll, Executive Director of The Speech and Stuttering Institute.

The Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) program is an 8-week program that combines the practice of mindfulness meditation with the tools of cognitive therapy. MBCT has been clinically proven to be effective in the reduction of stress and anxiety and in the promotion of an overall sense of physical and mental well-being, which can be beneficial for people who have difficulties with speech and stuttering.


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