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Stuttering Clinic


Caterina Staltari, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education


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


Faculty

Caterina Staltari, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Director of Clinical Education in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Staltari has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for over 20 years working with both pediatric and adult populations.