Intensive Stuttering Workshop Proves Successful

July 9, 2019 By David Meany
Students sit around a fire pit at a successful stuttering management workshop

Stutter with confidence. That is the philosophy at the heart of the Successful Stuttering Management Program (SSMP), a treatment program developed at Eastern Washington University and used for more than 35 years by faculty and students in EWU’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Program.

Last week, EWU graduate students served as clinicians for seven stutterers, teaching them how to deal “honestly” with their stuttering disorder, gaining control and confidence in their daily interactions with others.

Confidence is the key, because, as SSMP Director Emily Erwin explains, there is no cure for stuttering. “Our program starts with that premise—that you will always stutter.”