Cognitive-Based Treatment for Stuttering

Practical Strategies that Work

The integration of cognitive behavioral therapy and stuttering therapy can have a tremendous impact.
Hosted by the Center for Fluency Enhancement at HASA & The Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association

APRIL 13, 2019
8:30 AM — 4:45 PM


The integration of cognitive behavioral therapy and speech-language pathology allows for greater outcomes. Anxiety and the fear of stuttering is often the obstacle keeping persons who stutter from generalizing greater fluency and confidence in real-world situations. The course, rich with video examples and experiential exercises, will provide participants with novel and practical therapy ideas they can utilize immediately.

Georgia licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologist since 1992, Tim Mackesey, CCC-SLP, BRSFD/Mentor specializes in the evaluation and treatment of fluency disorders. As a severe stutterer for more than 20 years, he is well aware of the milestones it takes to achieve more fluent speech. 

He has a full-time practice in Atlanta, Georgia dedicated to stuttering and is a Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders and a specialist Mentor per ASHA. He has taught the graduate-level Fluency Disorders course at Georgia State University and is a Master Practitioner of NLP and Neurosemantics who integrates leading-edge cognitive behavioral therapy into stuttering therapy.

Time-Ordered Agenda

8 to 8:30 AM        Registration and continental breakfast

8:30-10:30 AM    The progression of stuttering from preschool through K-12;
                            State anxiety and the need for CBT- case studies w/video;
                            A stuttering time-line, dissociation, and the origins of fear;
                            Stuttering as a variant of PTSD;
                            Avoidance and compensation in young children- case studies w/video;
                            Conversational reframing part 1: eye accessing pattern exercise.

10:30-10:45 AM  Break

10:45-12:15 PM Conversational reframing part 2:  eye accessing plus predicates exercise;
                           Treating severe early stuttering:  the F.A.S.T. Fluency model;
                           The importance of temperament and pragmatics in young CWS;
                           Anxiety in oral reading and public speaking;
                           Integrating CBT and SLP for oral reading; 
                           Breathing & targets: separating fact from fiction.

12:15-1 PM         Lunch on your own – brown bag or visit a local restaurant

1:00-2:30 PM      Conversational reframing- case studies w/video;
                           Conversational reframing practice exercise;
                           How to integrate CBT with phone calls, live chat, and public places.

2:30-2:45 PM       Break

2:45-4:30 PM       How to re-imprint traumatic stuttering events;
                            How to use visualization and CBT to prepare for speaking situations;
                            Visualization and CBT exercises.

4:30-4:45            Questions and Answers and Course Review

Cost:  Includes ASHA CEUs and continental breakfast.  Lunch is on your own.

MSHA Members:                          $189.00
Non Members:                             $200.00
Parents and Caregivers:               $125.00


This course is offered for .7 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

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