Elisa Gay Huff to attend workshop on stuttering

Elisa Gay Huff to attend workshop on stuttering Elisa Gay Huff of Vermillion was selected, along with just 19 other speech-language pathologists, to attend an intensive workshop on stuttering therapy.

Huff, an assistant professor at The University of South Dakota, is participating in the fifth annual workshop, "Diagnosis and Treatment of Children who Stutter: Practical Strategies," in Seattle, WA, June 23-27. It is co-sponsored by the Stuttering Foundation and the University of Washington.

"Since 1985, we have conducted these intensive workshops in order to increase the pool of speech-language pathologists trained in the latest techniques for the treatment of stuttering," said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation.

"Those who are selected to participate already have professional experience and have demonstrated a special interest in children who stutter," added Susan L. Hamilton, M.A., of the University of Washington, and Jennifer Watson, Ph.D., of Texas Christian University, directors of the workshop. "They also are highly motivated. Although the foundation provides full scholarships, many give up their vacations or part of their income to attend. Our task is to provide instruction and a forum where they can hone their skills."

This year's nearly two dozen workshop attendees are already providing stuttering therapy from Alaska to Wyoming to Illinois.

The Stuttering Foundation estimates that over three million Americans stutter. While there are no miracle cures, a qualified speech clinician can help children and adults alike make significant progress toward speaking fluently. A recent example is TV star Nicholas Brendon who plays Xander in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The foundation notes that the 80 past graduates of the workshop program have frequently created a "ripple effect" back in their home communities as they continue to share their knowledge.

The Stuttering Foundation is a nonprofit organization helping those who stutter since 1947, over 50 years. For more information, the public may call 1-800-992-9392 or visit our Web site www.stutteringhelp.org, or e-mail us at info@stutteringhelp.org.

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