Workshop Topics

Please note that opinions expressed in these workshops are those of the presenters and not of the Canadian Stuttering Association.


Avoid the speech therapy trap: free yourself from stuttering

Robin Timmerman, PWS

Robin Timmerman will be discussing the works of Oscar Hausdörfer in his two workshops. Why is it that traditional speech therapy does not achieve the end result that you would like? You do not just want to manage your stutter or make stuttering easier. Managing a problem implies getting a handle on the problem, controlling it. The presenter states that through traditional therapy people who stutter have unknowlingly developed stuttering to allow it to take further control.

Recovery and Wellness for People who Stutter: One Perspective for Managing Emotions

Holly Lomheim (ISTAR), SLP

The CSP is a treatment approach that integrates the use of cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation, visualization and tension modification with fluency shaping techniques. Cognitive Behaviour therapy and visualization are strategies that help people who stutter manage the emotions that may be interfering with their ability to control stuttering relaxation and tension modification can help to relieve physical tension. Exercises designed to practice these techniques will be introduced.

The Resilience Factor: The Importance of Increasing Resilience In Individuals who Stutter

Cyndi Stein-Rubin and Naomi Eichorn, SLPs

"Resilience" has been under attention of research studies for more than a decade. It has been defined as the ability to bounce back despite adversity and to thrive and reach out despite surviving and/or dealing with difficult life circumstances. This workshop will focus on how resilience impacts adult individuals who stutter and how it plays into determining which of these individuals, based upon their resilience quotient (a score determined via the Resilience Quotient Survey) are likely to pursue study and careers of their choice, that may require substantial verbal communication despite their stuttering challenge.

We Are What We Choose

Dr. Marvin Klotz, PWS

Everything we do in life involves a choice. Our thoughts are the framework for our choices – we become who we think we are.
To break old habits, patterns and harmful choices requires Chronic Restrained Action [CRA] and Constant And Never Ending Vigilance [CANEV]. Humour, insight, application and confidence are useful armour/weapons in this honourable battle.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

Zaheem Nanji

NLP started as the study of human excellence 25 years ago, by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. They studied the way people process information and store it. In simple terms, the way we explore the outside world is through our internal images, feelings, sounds, smells and tastes. Through the practice of NLP, people who stutter can learn to release fear. Participants will come away with curiousity about fear, rather than avoiding situations. They will discover their core limiting beliefs around fear, risk and failure. Unique strategies to release fear will be presented.

Making time for fluency

Shelli Teshima, PWS and SLP

The purpose of this presentation will be to discuss and share reasons why the maintenance of fluency skills is so difficult. Our lives are so busy and hectic that we often say “I’ll do it later” and tasks are often pushed aside. During the presentation, there will be opportunity to discuss roadblocks that make maintenance difficult and problem solve ways to eliminate the roadblocks. Also a plan to build maintenance into daily life will be shared and you will have opportunity to develop your own daily maintenance plan.

Facilitating Fluency with Yoga

Jackie Schoenberger, PWS, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

Yoga is the ancient practice of uniting the body, mind and spirit for greater health and vitality. The practice can be adapted to help with stuttering recovery. Through physical postures, yoga strengthens areas of the body involved in speech and increases body awareness and connection key to identifying and releasing tension. Breath exercises help strengthen the lungs, focus the mind and encourage relaxation. Discussions about how the human energy system can bring a deeper understanding of stuttering and how one can nurture healing in the communication centres of the body and create better overall health.





Register before July 15 for the Early Bird Special. If you are a member of CSA (Canadian Stuttering Association) or BCAPS (British Columbia Association of People who Stutter), you qualify for a further discount. Find out more here.



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