#015: Tackling Stuttering Treatment with Special Populations

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We’re going to dive a little deeper into fluency therapy this week on the podcast and talk with Stephen Groner about strategies for working with special populations of students who stutter.

Stephen is a practicing speech-language pathologist who has struggled with stuttering in the past, but now speaks very fluently. You may recognize him if you have an SLP Now membership — there’s a whole section about fluency therapy in there thanks to him, and I’m so excited for him to share some of his best practices for stuttering treatment here on the podcast.

He is on a mission to make stuttering therapy easy for everyone, and does that by sharing practical strategies and breaking down stuttering + fluency therapy in a way that makes so much sense.

So grab your beverage of choice, put your feet up, and listen in while we talk to Stephen Groner about fluency strategies and stuttering treatment for special populations. 💪

Key Takeaways

– What got Stephen into the field of speech pathology, and how he learned so much about stuttering
– How to treat stuttering in special populations
– How to prioritize + set targets when you’re dealing with multiple disorders
– Practical approaches to therapy when you’re working with children who have intellectual disorders, and how to adapt them based on the severity of the case
– Case study #1: Sarah, an 8-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome and mild intellectual impairment who was also a profound stutterer
– Case study #2: 21-year-old male with autism and a severe stutter, who had poor self-awareness of his disfluency
– The 3 things to look for when you’re determining if a bilingual child who is exhibiting disfluencies is typically developing or truly stuttering
– How long to pursue a stuttering treatment approach before ruling on whether or not it was successful
– Stephen’s first-hand experience using stuttering modifications to speak fluently
– Why providing people who stutter with the tools to overcome moments of disfluency is the most important thing you can do
– Techniques for working with preschool and school-aged children who stutter
– How many techniques to teach during a session
– When to teach students how to volunteer or share that they stutter

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Healey, Reed, & Donnaher (2005)
Harrison and Langevin (2012)
Brundage, Whelan, and Burgess (2013)
Courtney Byrd at UT Austin
Byrd et al. (2015)
Byrd (2018)
Harley (2018)
Stephen’s website
The Ultimate How to Treat Stuttering Package
– There’s also a promo code for SLP Now podcast listeners! Use it to get 25% off of Stephen’s resources! 🙌

Want to learn more about fluency therapy?

→ Hear more from Stephen on Instagram.

→ Check out last week’s episode of the SLP Podcast with the Fluency Queen, Lauren LaCour Haines!

→ Discover how to make planning + prepping your fluency treatments a breeze with the SLP Now Membership.

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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