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Differential Diagnosis of Speech Disfluency: Is It Stuttering or Something Else? (HC03)

Friday, July 20
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Room 316
CE: 0.15 ASHA CEUs/1.5 PDHs

This session is for the in-person event only and is not available with Connect On-Demand.

This session is eligible for Pennsylvania Act 48 professional education hours.

Not all disfluency is stuttering, and not all stuttering is disfluent. When speech disfluency is not correctly diagnosed, clinicians, clients, and families can become frustrated when treatment does not lead to change. This session will present a problem-solving approach to assessment of disfluency that considers linguistic, psychological, and behavioral factors for accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment. The session will include videos to illustrate both common and unusual cases.

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Vivian Sisskin, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-F

Clinical Professor
University of Maryland

Vivian Sisskin, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a clinical professor at the University of Maryland, an ASHA Fellow, and Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Maryland, and ASHA’s Media Champion award. She was named Speech-Language Pathologist of the Year by the National Stuttering Association. Sisskin served as coordinator for ASHA’s Special Interest Group 4 (Fluency), on the Boards of Directors of the National Stuttering Association and The American Board on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, and as chair of ASHA’s Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC). She is on the Professional Advisory Board of the Stuttering Foundation and a faculty member for the Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic and University Instructors Workshops. Sisskin is the book review editor for the Journal of Fluency Disorders. Her articles and workshops cover treatment for stuttering, atypical speech fluency disorders, and communication strategies in autism. She is the owner of the Sisskin Stuttering Center in the Washington, DC, area.

Financial Disclosures: Salary from the University of Maryland; owner of the Sisskin Stuttering Center; financial compensation from ASHA for these presentations

Nonfinancial Disclosures: Produced and appeared in video continuing education products published by the Stuttering Foundation, for which she received no compensation

These disclosures apply to all presentations listed below.


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