Title: Thinking Outside the Toolbox: Assessment and Treatment of Stuttering for School-Age Children

Date: Monday, June 22, 2020
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Phoenix Time)

Presented by: Jessica Hudson, MA, CCC-SLP

Jessica is the owner of Stuttering and Speech Therapy of Arizona (SSTA) located in Mesa, AZ. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Arizona. Jessica received a BS and MA in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to that, she completed a BS in Business Management at Colorado State University.

Jessica has focused her clinical skills on treating children and adults with fluency disorders and has worked with people of all ages who stutter in various settings for several years. The Lidcombe Program, Palin Parent Child-Interaction Therapy (Palin PCI), Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering (ARTS®) are just a few out of the long list of trainings Jessica has completed. In August 2019, Jessica had the privilege of attending Camp Shout Out, a summer camp for kids who stutter. Jessica has received four Awards for Continuing Education (ACE) from ASHA and she continues to learn as much as she can about stuttering and other speech-language disorders. Jessica is currently in training to be the One-Day Conference Director for FRIENDS, an organization that supports young people who stutter, and volunteered as a National Stuttering Association (NSA) Phoenix chapter co-leader in the past. She is a member of ASHA's Special Interest Group for Fluency and Fluency Disorders and plans to begin the process of becoming a Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency in 2020. Jessica has presented to several school-based SLP teams on the topic of stuttering and enjoys being a resource to SLPs in Arizona.

In addition to her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Jessica is a member of the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology and Audiology (AAPPSPA). She enjoys running a small business and helping other local businesses around her grow and learn from her experiences. When Jessica is not working at SSTA or learning about stuttering, she enjoys traveling, baking and helping her husband run a fancy tortilla company where she taste tests all the tortilla creations.

Abstract:
This course will focus on the assessment and treatment for school-age children and adolescents who stutter. The webinar will present strategies for complete evaluation of stuttering that includes emotional and psychological components. It will provide information on how to help children who stutter improve overall communication and decrease negative reactions to stuttering. Although speech tools/strategies are helpful in some cases, this presentation aims to broaden the horizon of treatment to focusing on the whole person by taking a look at the emotional and psychological impacts of stuttering.

Learner Outcomes:
After completing this course, participants will:

  1. Identify two treatment activities that will help school-age children foster healthy attitudes towards communication.
  2. Identify various evaluation tools.
  3. Implement evaluation tools into practice.
  4. Develop individualized treatment plans that incorporate evidence-based strategies focusing on emotions and attitudes towards stuttering

Webinar Registration Rates:
• Free for members
• $25 for non-members

A recording of this webinar will be made available soon.

This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, professional area)

Disclosures:
Financial Disclosure: Jessica Hudson is receiving an honorarium from ArSHA for this presentation and is a salaried employee of Stuttering and Speech Therapy Arizona.
Non-financial Disclosure: Jessica Hudson has no non-financial relations to disclose.