Stuttering Clinic


Dr. Seth E. Tichenor, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor and Program Director

Mrs. Allison Ladavat, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Adjunct Instructor


What is Stuttering?

Stuttering is a condition that affects the forward flow of speech. People who stutter feel stuck when speaking, unable to say what they want to say, the way they want to say it. They may prolong or repeat sounds, or they may avoid speaking altogether.

Who stutters?
  • More than 45 million people in the world stutter
  • Approximately 1% of the population in the USA stutters
  • There are more males who stutter than females
  • About 5% of young children may have periods of stuttering as they develop, some may need therapy while others may not.
We are here to help you

Stuttering may negatively affect you and limit what you want to do in life, but those do not need to be the case. Treatment in the Stuttering Clinic is holistic and individualized. Treatment often begins with education and building awareness of how you are speaking and stuttering. Depending on your specific needs or goals, therapy include learning speaking tools or strategies aimed at speaking easier and communicating more effectively, easily, and spontaneously. Treatment may also include learning different ways of engaging with thoughts and feelings around speaking. We frequently incorporate principles of Avoidance Reduction Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in our sessions in addition to more traditional fluency or stuttering modification treatment.

If you have had pervious therapy, we will build upon your past experiences, knowledge, and skills while looking for new pathways in areas you would like to explore. Your therapy will be tailored to you and we will work with you to determine what successful therapy may look like. Whether you’re a parent who is concerned about stuttering in their child, a parent wanting more therapy for their child, or an adult seeking therapy for first time in years, we’re here to help.

For more information about the Stuttering Clinic and how to begin therapy, email: slhclinic@duq.edu.


Faculty

Dr. Seth Tichenor Speech-Language Pathologist

Dr. Seth E. Tichenor, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor and Program Director

Dr. Seth E. Tichenor is a person who stutters, a Speech-Language Pathologist, and an assistant professor at Duquesne University. His research interests include better understanding and predicting individual differences in the experience of stuttering (stammering), understanding how adverse impact related to the condition develops, and determining how moments of stuttering occur in speech. He is currently investigating the role cognitive-affective processes have on speech production and language formulation processes in stuttering and non-clinical populations. He also practices clinically and is actively involved in clinical education regarding stuttering assessment and treatment.

Allison Ladavat, Adunct Clinical Faculty

Mrs. Allison Ladavat, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinical Adjunct Instructor

Allison Ladavat is a Speech-Language Pathologist and a person who stutters. She worked as an Early Intervention SLP with the 0-3 population for several years, providing coaching, support, and counseling to families. In 2020, Allison started her own private practice to work exclusively with the stuttering population. Through a holistic and compassionate approach, she helps clients reduce the overall negative impact stuttering has on their lives. She is passionate about educating SLPs and students, so they feel confident working with individuals of all ages who stutter.