Stuttering is a speech communication disorder. It is marked by the presence of repetitions of sounds or words, sound prolongations and blocks which essentially are silences where no sound is heard despite the person trying to speak. The person stuttering does know what they wish to say but finds himself unable to produce the sound/word as they wish. Learn more about Stuttering 101.
For consumers and professionals to locate speech-language pathologists who are Board Certified Specialists in Fluency Disorders (BCS-F): professionals who have gone beyond the basic clinical certification (CCC-SLP) awarded by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). BCS-F’s are individuals who have demonstrated a high level of clinical expertise in treating fluency disorders, advanced knowledge, and a commitment to serving people with fluency disorders. They have submitted their credentials for review and approval by a Board of peers.
Founded in 1977, the National Stuttering Association (NSA) is the largest support group organization in the United States for people who stutter. The foundation of the NSA is in our nationwide system of local chapters. Monthly chapter meetings are peer facilitated and are designed to provide self-help, support, and education for those who stutter–as well as for those interested in stuttering. The NSA also sponsors regional workshops, an annual conference, youth and family events, and continuing education seminars for speech-language pathologists. A number of pamphlets, booklets, and posters are produced to provide information about stuttering to members, the public, teachers, employers, and speech-language professionals.
The Stuttering Foundation provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. The Stuttering Foundation is the first and the largest nonprofit charitable organization in the world working toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering, reaching over a million people annually. The Stuttering Foundation also offer extensive training programs on stuttering for professionals.
The Stuttering Homepage is dedicated to providing information about stuttering for both consumers and professionals who work with people who stutter. It includes information about research, therapy, support organizations, and conferences and other events.
FRIENDS, THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO STUTTER
FRIENDS is a national non profit organization created to provide a network of love and support for children and teenagers who stutter, their families, and the professionals who work with them. Friends’ members include the young people who are our focus, their parents and siblings but also adults who stutter and Speech Language Pathologists that have a special interest in stuttering. Friends’ annual conventions provide the opportunities for life changing experiences that can change long lasting feelings about stuttering and offer new hope for a life with stuttering. They also offer regional one day workshops and a peer mentoring program.
SAY is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the confidence and communication skills of youth who stutter. This year-round NYC-based program provides a supportive community where youth who stutter can make new friends, create and perform in original short films, plays, and musicals, while gaining confidence and social / communication skills that will help them achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. Youth express themselves at their own pace, in their own time, without fear of judgment or ridicule. SAY also offers a two-week sleep-away camp in the Summer near Asheville, NC.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 130,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. The clinical staff at the American Institute for Stuttering are ASHA Certified.
The International Fluency Association is a not-for-profit, international, interdisciplinary organization devoted to the understanding and management of fluency disorders, and to the improvement in the quality of life for persons with fluency disorders. Membership is primarily professionals but is inclusive to consumers and families. IFA hosts the World Congress on Fluency Disorders every three years.
The ISA is a worldwide network of people who stutter, a non-profit umbrella association dedicated to close cooperation among independent national and international self-help organizations of people who stutter. ISA hosts a World Congress every three years.
The primary goal of the International Cluttering Association is to increase public and professional awareness about this communication disorder, so that ultimately more effective treatments can be established. In addition, given that those who clutter offer an inside perspective to the disorder, and that a significant portion of cluttering research has been done outside the United States, it is of primary importance to the International Cluttering Association that: 1) the consumer (i.e. the person who clutters) is represented; and 2) representation is international.
The London, England based Palin Centre offers specialized services for those who stutter of all ages and their families. The highly experienced staff also offers clinician training programs at the Centre as well as through their worldwide travels teaching workshops and speaking at conferences.
BSA is the only national organization in Britain for adults and children who stammer, run by people who stammer. The BSA offers support to all whose lives are affected by stammering, promotes awareness of stammering, identifies and promotes effective therapies, and initiates and supports research into stammering.
Georgia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (GVRA)
If you are a person who stutters, state vocational rehabilitation programs like these could help fund your therapy. States with Vocational Rehabilitation programs provide funding for therapy at AIS – and we are an active vendor in many states. If you are seeking services at our Atlanta, GA office, the state of Georgia vocational program is called GVRA (Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency). If you want to learn more about how this works or want us to help guide you through the process, just reach out.
There are many state programs that help people with disabilities get the assistance they need to find employment. If you are a person who stutters, programs like these can help provide funding for your speech therapy. States with Vocational Rehabilitation programs provide funding for therapy at AIS – and we are an active vendor in many states. In New York, this program is called ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation).
Toastmasters International has grown to become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience. The nonprofit organization now has nearly 235,000 members in 11,700 clubs in 92 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.