Cincinnati Fluency Friday! Intensive fluency treatment programs affiliated with university training programs have clearly demonstrated their value with regard to treatment protocol and the efficacy of mentoring graduate students in direct clinical interactions (Bloom & Cooperman, 1999) . The Weekend Workshop at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY is one such ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2002
Cincinnati Fluency Friday!
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  • Diane Games
    Tri-County Speech Associates, Cincinnati, OH
  • Irv Wollman
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
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Fluency Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2002
Cincinnati Fluency Friday!
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 8-10. doi:10.1044/ffd12.3.8
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 8-10. doi:10.1044/ffd12.3.8
Intensive fluency treatment programs affiliated with university training programs have clearly demonstrated their value with regard to treatment protocol and the efficacy of mentoring graduate students in direct clinical interactions (Bloom & Cooperman, 1999) . The Weekend Workshop at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY is one such program that exemplifies the positive aspects of communication, direct practice of fluency skills, and the sharing of feelings of those who stutter. It also provides a forum for families to network about common concerns.
Using that paradigm and with those goals in mind, a group of professionals in the Cincinnati, OH area developed a similar training/ treatment program. The Cincinnati area, with graduate training programs offered at two large universities in close proximity, was an excellent place to begin, despite the fact that strong, fluency coursework and training were not in place. The University of Cincinnati and Miami University offer training programs with strong extern placement programs and on-campus clinics. However, staff of both training programs had concerns about the consistency of exposure of their graduate students to children and adults who stutter. As a result, they were interested in innovative options for in-depth clinical training of their students in the area of fluency. Within a short period of time, a core team of professionals from private practice, hospital, schools, and universities met to plan the first Fluency Friday.
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