UT faculty member leads stuttering clinic

August 2, 2012 | Features, UToday
By Staff

An intensive, immersive clinic on The University of Toledo campus during the past two weeks has worked to help those who stutter.

A group of eight people are participating in the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults that began July 23 and will end Friday, Aug. 3.

The program was developed and is directed by Dr. Rodney Gabel, associate professor in the Speech Language Pathology Program. It includes extensive evaluations and treatments based on more recent scientific evidence conducted by Gabel and colleagues at Texas State University-San Marcos supporting the use of intensive, immersive interventions for the treatment of stuttering.

“Research supports that intensive clinics like ours are the best course of therapy for most adolescents and adults who stutter,” Gabel said. “I have run clinics like these over the past decade while I was at Bowling Green State University. This is the first summer doing the clinic at UT, and it has been such a positive experience for the eight individuals who have attended.”

Eight graduate students also have been working as clinicians in the program, which is another benefit of the program, providing training for future speech-language pathologists, Gabel said.

The participants, who range in age from 10 to 27 years old, have lived on campus in Ottawa House residence hall and participated in therapy services at the Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Health and Human Services Building.

This clinic is supported by grants from the National Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

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