Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering
with Vivian Sisskin, Clinical Professor
September 21, 2018
We have invited Vivian Sisskin back to Montreal to present a day on Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering (ARTS). This treatment is based on the principle that, while stuttering has a neurological core, the true heartache of stuttering isn’t the stuttering, but the fear of stuttering. In response to this fear, many people who stutter learn avoidance behaviours, such as losing eye contact during disfluency, substituting words, not answering the phone or introducing oneself at a party or work meeting…in general, anything one does to avoid showing stuttering. These avoidance behaviours can maintain stuttering, leading to ‘struggle’. This struggle causes many people who stutter to have feelings of shame or embarrassment about their speech, and negative thoughts related to listener reaction. The roots of Avoidance Reduction Therapy are found in the pioneering work of the late Joseph Sheehan, and his wife Vivian Sheehan, a speech pathologist.
This workshop will introduce clinicians to the basics of ARTS in order to begin working with people who stutter to systematically reduce their fear and avoidance related to their speech.
This conference will be presented live at Espace Canal. Vivian Sisskin has recommended that this workshop is not appropriate for livestreaming.
This workshop will be presented in English but with substantial French translation and opportunity to pose questions for discussion in both French and English.
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