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Stuttering Clinic

Caryn Herring, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Instructor

This Clinic is designed for children or adults who experience stuttering or disfluencies in connected speech. Disfluencies may be in the form of hesitations, repetitions, blocks or prolongations and occur to a degree that impedes communication. Stuttering can also result in fears and anxieties related to communication. Services include formal diagnostics and individualized treatment in a one-on-one setting. Services may also be offered through Telepractice.

Program Goals
• Enhance overall communication skills by addressing affective, behavioral, and cognitive aspects of stuttering
• Reduce tension and struggle related to stuttering, while eliminating secondary behaviors
• Decrease negative feelings, fears, and anxiety associated with stuttering
• Gain control during moments of stuttering by implementing therapy techniques
• Decrease frequency and severity of moments of stuttering
• Educate individuals about stuttering and the process of speaking
• Involve and educate families to build a positive support system

Treatment Approaches/Therapeutic Strategies
• Stuttering Modification
• Desensitization using a hierarchical approach
• Self disclosure/advertising
• Role play related to bullying
• Demands and Capacity Preschool Therapy
• Palin Parent Child Interaction Therapy

Treatment Tools
• Visual feedback
• iPad recordings
• Telephone practice and in-person outings during therapy sessions


Caryn Herring, M.S. CCC-SLP is a part-time Clinical Instructor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. Ms. Herring received her Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master's Degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University. She has extensive experience with children and adults who stutter through her work with the Stuttering Therapy and Resource Center of Long Island and as Director of the Speech-Language Pathology Department of Say: Stuttering Association for the Young. Ms. Herring left those positions to return to Pittsburgh and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh.