What to expect?
This one-day workshop is designed to bring together young children and teenagers who stutter, their parents, members of stuttering self-help groups, and speech-language pathologists. Adults who stutter are also encouraged to join us. Separate workshops will be presented for adults, teenagers, children, and professionals. The workshop format includes presentations, small group discussions and panel presentations. Emphasis will be placed on integrating treatment techniques and support services for people who stutter. Offerings for children will include enjoyable workshops on stuttering facilitated by speech-language pathologists and members of the adult stuttering community. Lunch is included in the registration fee.
Presenters and facilitators for the day include:
Joe Klein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a person who stutters and Assistant Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Joe has presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Friends: The Association of Young People who Stutter, and The National Stuttering Association national conventions. He has also published articles about stuttering in Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders and The Journal of Fluency Disorders.
Lisa LaSalle, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a professor and clinical supervisor who joined the faculty of University of Redlands Communicative Disorders department in 2011. Prior to that time, she taught for 18 years at a similar program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She presents and publishes research on the topic of stuttering and other types of fluency disorders (e.g., cluttering) Lisa facilitates support group meetings and she enjoys learning about stuttering from support group members and clients.
Loryn McGill, M.S. CCC-SLP, works in private practice providing therapy exclusively for people who stutter. She is adjunct faculty at Chapman University and has been involved with research examining the use of medication to assist with the treatment of stuttering. She is actively pursing her Board Certification as a Specialist in Fluency Disorders and has coordinated and facilitated multiple workshops for FRIENDS events.
Nora O'Connor, LCSW, enjoys sharing her experience, strength and hope as an adult who stutters. She co-chaired the 2005 Friends conference in San Francisco. Nora works as a Clinical Director for a homeless agency in downtown Los Angeles providing mental health and substance abuse treatment. She also has a private practice where she facilitates a self-esteem therapy group for children and teens who stutter. She teaches anxiety management, confidence building and radical acceptance. www.center4betterliving.com
Katherine Preston is a British-born writer whose work has appeared in the London Times, the Millions, the Daily Telegraph, Salon, and Psychology Today, where she is a contributing writer. Her memoir, Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice (Simon and Schuster), chronicles the journey that she went on to come to terms with her voice. She has appeared on NBC's Today show and is currently working as a public speaker, talking about the necessity of vulnerability and diversity . www.katherinepreston.com
Steffi Schopick, M.A.,CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist and treats preschoolers, school age children and adolescents who stutter. She is a clinical supervisor at Queens College and co-facilitator of the Queens (NSA) teen chapter. Steffi has been a supervisor at University of Iowa (UI) SPEAKS Camp for Teens who Stutter for the past five years. She also coordinates and facilitates children’s workshops at the annual FRIENDS conventions. Steffi also developed and has coordinated the FRIENDS Graduate Student Training Program for the last several years. She is also an adjunct Lecturer at Queens College and Mercy College.
Parking Lot Policy:
Street parking is available in the area, note the city signs. All of the parking lots on campus will be open. Follow the signs to purchase low cost parking permits at the kiosks in all the lots.
Friends Who Stutter Sponsors:
When & Where
Friends & Chapman University
Friends is a national volunteer organization created to provide a network of support for children and teenagers who stutter, their families and the professionals who work with them.