|About the author: Barbara Dahm SLP-CCC is a Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders. She is the director of Communication Therapy Institute, a clinic that specializes in the treatment of stuttering. Ms Dahm has extensive experience working with children and adults who stutter in both group and individual settings. Since 1987, she has been involved with the treatment of nearly 2000 people who stutter. Today there are branches of CTI in Israel, USA and via Online Therapy. She is a member of the Association of Israeli Communication Clinicians, a founding member of the International Fluency Association, a member of ASHA Special Interest Group in Fluency and Fluency Disorders and a member of several self-help groups for people who stutter. She received her degrees from Boston University and has over 40 years of experience as a speech pathologist. While treating people who stutter, she discovered the benefits of the speech processing approach to therapy. She authored Generating Fluent Speech: A Comprehensive Speech Processing Approach (1997) and Dynamic Stuttering Therapy (2007). She has presented her approach to professionals and people who stutter in The Netherlands, England, Germany, Denmark, Canada, Israel and the USA.|
In this video Barbara Dahm talks about making the therapy experience successful. She explains that people are too often frustrated by their experience in stuttering therapy, because the focus is wrong. Even though it is now common knowledge that there are differences in brain function between fluent and stuttering speakers, this is often ignored in therapy and the focus remains on the fluency and stuttering. From a behavioral perspective, she describes some of the differences in speech processing, emphasizing that normally speech is produced automatically. When people who stutter develop the automatic and natural process for speaking, therapy becomes a challenging and rewarding experience.
The specific area would be stuttering therapy. It would be of interest to adolescents, adults, families of people who stutter, and clinicians.
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