BU Sargent College Hosts International Workshop on Stuttering

Using Cognitive Approaches to Working with People Who Stutter, an international workshop, was held in Boston, Massachusetts, from June 3-7, 2024, and co-sponsored by the Memphis-based Stuttering Foundation and Boston University’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. 

Twenty-three speech-language pathologists from around the world were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants. 

“Since 1985, we have conducted these intensive workshops in order to increase the pool of speech-language pathologists trained in the latest techniques for the treatment of stuttering,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation. “We are particularly excited to have Elaine Kelman, Ali Berquez, and Sarah Delpeche from the Michael Palin Centre in London to lead this year’s training.” 

“Those who are selected to participate already have professional experience and are highly motivated,” added Caroline Brinkert, M.S., of Boston University, and coordinator of the Workshop. “Although the Foundation provides full scholarships, many give up their vacations or part of their income to attend.  Our task is to provide a forum where they can hone their skills.” 

This year’s workshop attendees are already providing stuttering therapy from California to Maine, from Brazil to Hong Kong to Malaysia. 

The Stuttering Foundation estimates that more than 80 million people stutter worldwide. It notes that the more than 400 past graduates of the Boston Workshop program have created a “ripple effect” back in their home communities as they continue to share their knowledge. 

The Stuttering Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been helping those who stutter since 1947. For more information, visit their websites at StutteringHelp.org and www.tartamudez.org. 

Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences is home to the Center for Stuttering Therapy at Boston University. To learn more about resources and support, visit our website.