Second International Stuttering Conference in Montreal

November 15, 2007 The Montreal Fluency Centre is hosting the second International Conference on Stuttering in Children, which will take place in Montreal from November 18th to 20th, at the Marriot Springhill Suites (Old Montreal). This conference will be attended by prominent specialists in the research and treatment of stuttering from around the world, including Professor Mark Onslow from the Australian Stuttering Research Centre (ASRC) and the University of Sydney; Dr. Barry Guitar from the University of Vermont; Dr. Elisabeth Harrison from the Macquarie University in Australia; Dr. Per Alm from the Stuttering Information Centre of Denmark and Lund University, Sweden; and Dr. Klaus Minde, Professor of Psychiatry at the MUHC and Director of the Anxiety Clinic at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. About 300,000 Canadians experience stuttering, a disorder which interrupts the flow of speech, causing anxiety and extreme frustration. The Montreal Fluency Centre is a private non profit clinic, internationally renowned for its excellence in treating stuttering, and providing services to children of preschool age through adolescence who experience this disorder. “Our programs have been designed to prevent the risk of persistent stuttering in children and maintain fluency for the long term,” says Executive Director Dr. Rosalee C. Shenker. The Montreal Fluency Centre was the first North American clinic to offer The Lidcombe Program, a treatment for preschoolers that virtually eliminates the risk of persistent stuttering, and provides professional training for speech pathologists across Canada and the USA; having trained over 3,000 professionals since 1998. According to Dr. Shenker, these programs will also provide speech pathology students with supervised clinical experience in the area of stuttering assessment, treatment and maintenance. A program for stuttering in adolescence is also unique in North America, highlighting the work of Professor Sally Hewat from the University of Newcastle in Australia. In addition, the Montreal Fluency Centre is part of a joint Ph.D. program with Newcastle, ASRC, which is being led by Sarita Koushik, M.Sc. S-LP, a clinician at the Montreal Fluency Centre. This program aims to provide treatment to evaluate service delivery models for the Lidcombe Program. This work is partially supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council funded research program which aims to develop innovative treatments and service delivery models for people who cannot access treatment services. Families attending the Montreal Fluency Centre are also invited to take part in this research.

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