An Introduction to Camps for Children Who Stutter: What They Are and How They Can Help Stuttering therapy for children, both preschool and school-age, has been offered in a variety of settings and formats, for example in schools, university clinics, outpatient clinics, and private practices. Therapy itself is offered either in a group setting or a one-to-one basis in many of these settings. In recent years, ... Article
Article  |   December 09, 2016
An Introduction to Camps for Children Who Stutter: What They Are and How They Can Help
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Courtney Byrd
    Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • Kristin Chmela
    Chmela Fluency Center, Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Craig Coleman
    Department of Communication Disorders, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
  • Mary Weidner
    Department of Communication Disorders, Marshall University, Huntington, WV
  • Ellen Kelly
    Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Robert Reichhardt
    Division of Speech-Language Pathology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati. OH
  • Farzan Irani
    Department of Communication Disorders, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • Disclosures
    Disclosures ×
  • Financial: Courtney Byrd and Robert Reichhardt have no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kristin Chmela develops and implements the Training and Therapeutic program at Camp Shout Out, which is referenced in this paper. Craig Coleman and Mary Weidner direct Stuttering U, which is referenced in this paper. Ellen Kelly is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University, which runs Camp TALKS, which is referenced in this paper. Farzan Irani is an associate professor at Texas State University.
    Financial: Courtney Byrd and Robert Reichhardt have no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kristin Chmela develops and implements the Training and Therapeutic program at Camp Shout Out, which is referenced in this paper. Craig Coleman and Mary Weidner direct Stuttering U, which is referenced in this paper. Ellen Kelly is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University, which runs Camp TALKS, which is referenced in this paper. Farzan Irani is an associate professor at Texas State University.×
  • Nonfinancial: Courtney Byrd is a Founding Director of the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute, which sponsors Camp Dream. Speak. Live, which is referenced in this paper. Kristin Chmela, Mary Weidner, and Ellen Kelly have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Craig Coleman is the Coordinator for Special Interest Group 4. Robert Reichhardt is on the planning committee for Fluency Friday, which is referenced in this paper. Farzan Irani is an Editor for Perspectives.
    Nonfinancial: Courtney Byrd is a Founding Director of the Michael and Tami Lang Stuttering Institute, which sponsors Camp Dream. Speak. Live, which is referenced in this paper. Kristin Chmela, Mary Weidner, and Ellen Kelly have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Craig Coleman is the Coordinator for Special Interest Group 4. Robert Reichhardt is on the planning committee for Fluency Friday, which is referenced in this paper. Farzan Irani is an Editor for Perspectives.×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Part 2
Article   |   December 09, 2016
An Introduction to Camps for Children Who Stutter: What They Are and How They Can Help
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 55-69. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG4.55
History: Received February 23, 2016 , Revised April 26, 2016 , Accepted May 16, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 55-69. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG4.55
History: Received February 23, 2016; Revised April 26, 2016; Accepted May 16, 2016

Stuttering therapy for children, both preschool and school-age, has been offered in a variety of settings and formats, for example in schools, university clinics, outpatient clinics, and private practices. Therapy itself is offered either in a group setting or a one-to-one basis in many of these settings. In recent years, there has been an increase in specialized camps (generally offered in the summer) for children who stutter. Camps for children who stutter vary in duration and offer a combination of group and individual therapy in addition to activities designed to address the affective and cognitive aspects of stuttering and increase overall communicative effectiveness. This paper provides an overview and description of five such camps for children who stutter to help spread awareness and familiarize the listener with the role camps play in helping children who stutter. Preliminary outcome data on the various goals targeted within some of the camps is included; however, that is not the purpose of this paper.

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