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2022 ABFFD Annual Stuttering Conference: Stuttering Therapy Across the Lifespan

  • June 12, 2022
  • 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • June 13, 2022
  • 5:30 PM (EDT)
  • Online


  • Parents and Other Attendees
  • Professionals


2022 American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders 
Stuttering Conference:
Stuttering Therapy Across the Lifespan
June 12 & 13 via Zoom

Course Description:

The treatment of children and adults who stutter is complex because of the multifactorial, chronic nature of this communication difference. Therapy must be dynamic, client driven and involve critical thinking.  This interactive conference will focus on therapy across the lifespan while exploring evidence-based practice that encompasses a holistic, individualized, inclusive approach to treatment.

This intermediate level course will provide participants with a broader understanding of how best to serve children and adults who stutter. 

The American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders will submit your CEU hours to ASHA within 45 days of the conference. In order to be eligible for CEUs you must:

  • Attend the live sessions as they are offered on June 12th and/or June 13th.  
  • Complete the overall event survey no later than June 18th, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST.  This survey is where you will be given the opportunity to include your ASHA I.D. and indicate whether you wish to receive CE credit. 
  • It is the responsibility of attendees to log in to each session at the designated time. Attendees must be present for the entire session to be eligible to apply for ASHA CEUs, and should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the sessions. 

Registration fees:

$100.00 for Professionals
$50.00 for Parents and Other Attendees

Time Ordered Agenda
(subject to change)

Sunday June 12, 2022

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT – Helpful Approaches for Stuttering Therapy Across All Ages- Elyse Lambeth

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT – Changing My Therapy Over Time-A 15-year Perspective- Carl Herder

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT – Adult Panel- Reuben Schuff

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT - Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT – Supported and Supportive Speaking Engagements- Collaborating with college and university educators to produce benefits for students who stutter and graduate students in speech language pathology- Megann McGill and Glenn Weybright

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT – Kid Panel- Glenn Weybright

Monday June 13, 2022

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT – The Role of the SLP in working with Clients Who Stutter: What does it take?- Kristin Chmela

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT – Helping Our Clients Become Savvy Consumers- Brooke Edwards

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT – Ethics Panel- Risa Battino, Shelley Brundage, Farzan Irani, Lisa LaSalle, Rita Thurman

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT – Break

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EDT – Evaluation and Treatment of Preschool Children Who Stutter: Understanding Temperament and Integrating Self-Regulation- Rita Thurman

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT – Preschool Parent Panel- Kim Sabourin

Click here for the full program and ASHA CEU information.

    Instructional Personnel Bio’s & Disclosures:

    Risa Battino, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-F is a speech language pathologist at RFK-CERC at Montefiore Medical Center. She provides a broad spectrum of clinical services for children with developmental disabilities. She also works in private practice and serves as an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Hunter College. Risa obtained her BCS-F from ASHA in 2019.

    Non-financial: Ms. Battino currently serves as Social Media Director on the Executive Board for the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
    Financial Disclosure: None

    Shelly B. Brundage, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCF-F, F-ASHA is a professor at George Washington University and chair of the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department. Her research aims to improve the lives of persons with communication disorders, either directly or by improving students' clinical learning and critical thinking skills.  She is an expert in the use of virtual reality technologies in treatment, teaching, and learning. She has authored numerous research articles on aspects of stuttering, teaching, critical thinking, and writing. She is the co-author of the 7th edition of the Handbook on Stuttering.

    Non-financial: None
    Financial Disclosure: None
    Kristin Chmela, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, and ISHA Fellow spends the majority of her time working with individuals of all ages who stutter, clutter, or have fluency disorders and is the founder and director of Chmela Communication Center in the north suburban Chicago area. She is co-founder and co-director of Camp Shout Out, a therapeutic program for school-age children who stutter and a hands-on training opportunity for professionals and graduate students, and has recently launched Chmela Courses and Products.  Kristin was former Chair of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders and collaborated extensively with the Stuttering Foundation on training videos, conferences, and publications. Kristin provides professional training workshops across the globe, has co-authored two books focused on helping school-age children who stutter, and has published practical therapeutic products.  Kristin has completed 400 hours of training in yoga and two intensive training programs in mindfulness. Kristin believes in the value for all to continue evolving as communicators.

    Non-financial: None
    Financial Disclosure:  Intellectual property Chmela Courses and Products.  Ownership Chmela Fluency Center (DBA Chmela Communication Center), Royalties from products produced by Super Duper, Inc.
    Carl Herder, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F is the Clinic Director of the Atlanta office of the American Institute for Stuttering. He received his BCS-F in 2019, and currently serves on the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Carl first developed an interest in stuttering while performing research under the direction of Dr. Chad Nye and Dr. Martine Vanryckeghem at the University of Central Florida.

    Non-financial:  Serves as Certification Coordinator Co-Chair on the Executive Board for the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
    Financial Disclosure: None

    Farzan Irani Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Professor in Communication Disorders at Texas State University. He has published and presented on treatment effectiveness in stuttering, telepractice, and psychosocial and multicultural aspects of stuttering and other communication disorders. He serves as the coordinator for the American Speech-Language-Hearing association’s Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders, on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Speech Language pathology and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fluency Disorders.

    Non-Financial:  Coordinator of ASHA's SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders
    Financial:  Salaried professor at Texas State University

    Elyse Lambeth, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-F received her master’s degree from University of Redlands. She is board certified in fluency disorders and currently serves on the board for ABFFD. Elyse works with kids who stutter at Seattle Children Hospital, co-facilitates the annual Seattle Stuttering Camp for Teens, and coordinates various workshops and stuttering events.

    Non-financial: Ms. Lambeth currently serves as Chair for the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
    Financial Disclosure: None
    Lisa LaSalle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist with specialty training in stuttering and fluency disorders. Dr. LaSalle has taught graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders for twenty years. Her research interests have focused on young children who stutter, concomitant disorders associated with stuttering and a fluency disorder known as cluttering. Dr. LaSalle is currently mentoring University of Redlands Communicative Disorders students on a research project aimed at dissociations between language, phonology, and fluency among normally fluent two-to-four-year-olds.

    Non-financial: None
    Financial Disclosure: None
    Brooke Leiman Edwards, MA, CCC‐SLP, BCS‐F, is a speech‐language pathologist and board-certified stuttering specialist with over 13 years of experience directing a stuttering clinic and volunteering in the stuttering community. Brooke has provided workshops and support to parents and teachers as well as continuing education and mentorship to fellow speech-language pathologists who want to learn more about stuttering and stuttering therapy.

    Non-financial: Serves as Certification Coordinator Co-Chair on the Executive Board for the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
    Financial Disclosure: None
    Megann McGill, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University where she runs a telepractice clinical research program working with clients who stutter/stutterers. She is a Spanish-English bilingual speech-language pathologist with 11 years of experience working with clients who stutter-stutterers and their families.

    Non-financial: None
    Financial:  Receives a salary from Portland State University.

    Kim Sabourin, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-F serves on the board for ABFFD and is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of stuttering an other fluency disorders across the lifespan. Ms. Sabourin is a Clinical Instructor at Temple University where she teaches a graduate course in the management of fluency disorders and is the Director of Speak Now Camp, a summer program for adolescents who stutter.

    Non-financial: Member of the Executive Board of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
    Financial:  None

    Reuben Schuff, MSAAE, P.E. is an aerospace engineer in Cape Canaveral, FL in the space exploration industry. He is also an author, traveler, Toastmaster, and juggler. He is a person who stutters and contributes to the stuttering community in numerous ways including through the NSA, FRIENDS, and Stuttertalk. Reuben is the consumer representative on the ABFFD and on the board of the Stuttering Scholarship Alliance. 

    Non-financial: Consumer representative for the American Board for Fluency and Fluency D
    isorders, volunteers with Friends - The National Association of Young People Who Stutter, and is a board member of the Stuttering Scholarship Alliance.

    Financial:  None

    Rita Thurman, MS, CCC, BCS-F has worked in the schools and clinical settings in Utah, Idaho, Illinois, Montana and North Carolina since 1977.   Her private practice focuses on services for children, teens and adults who stutter.  She is an NSA Adult and TWST Chapter leader, and sponsors an annual Friend’s Workshop in NC.

    Non-financial: Ms. Thurman currently serves as Chair on the Executive Board for the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She is a National Stuttering Association Teen and Adult Chapters Leader.
    Financial: NON

    Glenn Weybright, MS, CCC, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist in Portland Oregon and former adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Portland State University.  His bachelors and master's degrees are from Portland State University. He is a founding member of the Portland chapter of the National Stuttering Association and a senior staff member at Camp More, a summer camp on the Oregon coast for children and teens who stutter. Mr. Weybright is a person who stutters.

    Non-financial: Member of the Executive Board of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
    Financial Disclosure: None

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