The National Stuttering Association is proud to be a part of a larger, worldwide network of stuttering organizations and specialists dedicated to providing education and support to people who stutter of all ages. Just because we’re headed into summer here in the U.S., doesn’t mean that speech therapy or community support has to take a break! We’ve put together a comprehensive list of summer classes, workshops, intensives, camps, and programs that you can take part in this summer.
Empowered to Speak Program
Buffalo, NY – Univ. of Buffalo
School-aged children & Teens who stutter
This program incorporates both individual and group therapy using a whole child approach for effective communication. Each child will work on individual goals in a supportive environment that addresses education about stuttering, encourages communication challenges, addresses emotional, social and cognitive aspects of stuttering, incorporates fluency enhancing and modification strategies, and encourages children to break-down communication fears to be a more confident and effective communicator.
Empowered to Speak Website
New England Fluency Program
Boston, MA – Emerson College
Adults, Children, & Teens
All programs run 5 days a week from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm for three weeks.
SHU Intensive Clinical Workshop
Adolescents ages 8-15
Participants will learn new techniques to help ease their stutter, get to know others their age who stutter, develop excellent communication skills, work on personal speaking goals one-on-one with a student therapist, and much more.
SHU Intensive Clinical Workshop Contact
American Institute for Stuttering Intensives
New York, NY
AdultsThree adult summer intensives offeredPeople from across the US and around the world have come to New York to attend an AIS intensive program. Adult programs are two weeks in length. Created specifically for people who want an immersive experience, the AIS intensive program is intended to kick start big changes in the lives of people who stutter. Therapy involves avoidance reduction, mindfulness training, desensitization, strategies for managing the moment of stuttering, and cognitive restructuring.
AIS Intensive WebsiteOne teen summer intensive offeredA one-week group therapy experience for teens ages 13-17. This is a chance to spend time with other teens who stutter in a fun and supportive environment. In this program, teens spend time connecting with each other and discussing the unique experience of being a teen who stutters. they work towards reducing fear and avoidances, managing the moment of stuttering, and rethinking their beliefs about stuttering. Teens from recent intensives report that it helped them feel more confident and speak more freely – in school, at home and while spending time with friends.
AIS Intensive Website
Freedom to Speak Intensive Treatment Program
Honeoye, NY (Honeoye Lake)
Adolescents/adults who stutter
The program uses a variety of approaches are used including; Avoidance Reduction Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Stuttering Modification and Fluency Shaping. Significant attention is given to socially appropriate interaction. Six participants will be accepted. Assessment and follow-up is included.
Freedom to Speak Intensive Website
Youth who stutter ages 8-18
2–week sleep-away camp welcomes children and teens who stutter, ages 8-18, and their young family members and friends who want to share an incredible camp experience together and become an even stronger source of year-round support. One-week experiences and shortened stays are also available. Camp SAY (formerly Camp Our Time) is located in an idyllic setting on a 500-acre, American Camp Association Accredited facility nestled in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Camp SAY Website
Philadelphia, PA – Temple University
Ages 10 to 15
This camp will provide young people who stutter a supportive environment where they can develop their own goals about speaking and stuttering. Therapeutic activities will help participants learn more about the phenomenon of stuttering; develop their own plan for practice; develop strategies to manage the social and emotional challenges; and learn how to communicate to their parents about stuttering. Campers will engage in both group and individual activities designed to assist them in achieving personal communication goals. Campers will also participate in fun workshops from guest lecturers, who live successfully with stuttering and have gone on to have great careers as actors, athletes and speech-language pathologists.
Prerequisite: Campers should have a documented diagnosis of stuttering from a speech-language pathologist.
SPEAK NOW Website
Huntington, WV – Marshall University/West Virginia University
Ages 7-18 & families; SLPs
Stuttering U. is a two-part program designed for children who stutter, their families, and speech-language pathologists. The 3-day “summer camp” portion of Stuttering U. allows children who stutter to meet and interact in a fun, supportive environment. Children have an opportunity learn about stuttering, take communication risks, and develop meaningful relationships with their peers. Participants are empowered to discover their voices in order to become more confident and effective communicators. Parents have an opportunity to participate in the “parent track,” which is provides parents with practical knowledge and tips to support the communication needs of their child.
The 2-day continuing education portion of Stuttering U. provides speech-language pathologists with current research on best clinical practices in childhood stuttering. Content focuses on the nature and causes of stuttering, evaluation, treatment, report/goal writing, and counseling. Participants will earn 1.2 ASHA CEU hours (12 hours).
Stuttering U. Website
Fluency Management Program of the Carolinas
Greenville, NC – East Carolina Univ.
For children, teens, and adults
FMPC is an intensive program for people who stutter. The purpose of the fluency program is to help participants better manage their stuttering through fluency stabilizing and fluency enhancing techniques as well as dealing with the psychological aspects of stuttering.
The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Summer Camp for Children Who Stutter
Nashville, TN – Vanderbilt University
Ages 8-16 & their families
The camp runs from 8:00am to 5:00pm (with child care available before, from 7-8am and after, from 5-6pm). It is a great opportunity for children to meet other kids who stutter, discuss stuttering openly with their parents and let them know what they can do to help, address the attitudes and emotions that may accompany their experiences with stuttering, practice “tools” for handling communication, stuttered or not, and use their creative skills to develop special performances and educational materials to be shared on the last day of camp.
Parents, who participate in the first and last days of the camp learn more about stuttering, share their stories with other parents of children who stutter, hear from stuttering experts (including adults who stutter, as well as speech-language pathologists), and observe and share their children’s camp experiences.
Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Summer Camp Website
Volunteer Your Voice
University of Tennessee
Children ages 8-15
University of Tennessee Health Science Center presents the Volunteer Your Voice Summer Program for children ages 8-15 with speech, language and hearing impairments. Camp includes: 2 half days on the UT Knoxville campus and a 3 day/2 night stay at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Campers can target their communication goals in “real-life” situations while enjoying a true camping adventure!! Tricia Hedinger, MS, CCC-SLP and Tim Saltuklaroglu, PhD, CCC-SLP have specialties in the area of stuttering and will be directing the program. Cost of camp is $360 and covers meals, snacks, lodging, transportation from UT to Tremont, and clinical services. Accommodations are available for families coming from out of town at a reasonable price. Check out the website for more information. Call Tricia at (865) 974-4641 to register. Limited spaces available.
Volunteer Your Voice Website
Comprehensive Stuttering Therapy Program for Adolescents and Adults (CSTP)
San Marcos, TX
The program is designed to help adolescents and adults (12 years of age and older) learn skills to better manage stuttering in everyday communication situations.
Lang Institute – Camp Dream. Speak. Live.
Camp Dream. Speak. Live. is an annual summer camp for children who stutter where stuttering and/or increasing fluency is not the focus, rather the focus is on the children as individuals and who they hope to be and what they want to achieve and having fun.
Through the generous gift of Michael and Tami Lang “Camp Dream. Speak. Live.” is entirely free of charge and yet the benefit to each child who attends is of significant, meaningful value. Together, our campers experience laughter, joy, excitement, and exceptional opportunities to advance their communication and mentorship skills. Daily activities include advanced improv theatre training, creative action, glow bowling, open mic challenges, interactive art, and many other exceptional esteem building events!
Our goals for the children who attend our program include improving communication attitudes and communication effectiveness, increasing resiliency, facilitating mentorship opportunities and skills as well as self advocacy.
Children ages 6-12*
Through a fun camp atmosphere,kids can review and practice different fluency shaping and stuttering modification strategies as well as address a different hot topic in today’s stuttering world at each session through large and small group activities.
*Attendees must currently be receiving speech therapy services so that they can continue working on the fluency shaping (easy onset, pausing, slower rate) and stuttering modification strategies (cancellations, pull-outs, easy repetitions). Leaders will not have the ability to meet with children individually to identify their best strategies if they have not already been identified. If your child is not currently receiving services, but this is something you are interested in, please let contact organizers directly to discuss starting individual therapy sessions at this time.
Speak Up! Website
UI SPEAKS (University of Iowa Summer Program to Educate Adolescents and Kids who Stutter)
University of Iowa – Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic
Teens (ages 13-18) & Elementary School-Age (ages 8-12)
For Elementary School-Aged Children: The camp is a one-week intensive program for children from ages 8-12 who stutter. In addition, 4 one-day follow up sessions are held as part of this program.
For teenagers ages 13-18 who stutter: The camp a week-long intensive, residential program.
UI SPEAKS Website
University of Utah Summer Intensive Clinic
Salt Lake City, UT – University of Utah
Two-week intensive stuttering clinic for adults and adolescents on the U of U campus in Salt Lake City. The clinic runs weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and includes approximately 65 hours of treatment.
U of U Intensive Website
Wasatch Stuttering Management Program
A summer day camp format involving outings, interactions with peers in social settings, and individual and group therapy. Scholarships may be available to those demonstrating financial need.
Wasatch Stuttering Management Program Website
Power Stuttering Center
Newport Beach, CA
Adults & Teens
5 Day Intensive Stuttering Therapy for teenagers and adults. Therapy is individual and conducted by Mark Power, M.A. CCC BCS-F, ASHA Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. Choose a week for the Intensive Therapy conducted in Newport Beach, CA followed by six months to one year of carefully managed transfer followed up by weekly phone calls at home.
Power Stuttering Center Website
Rockaway Beach, OR
‘Tweens/Teens who stutter, ages 12 – 18
This residential, 5-day/4-night camp serves to improve communication skills and build self-confidence. Campers will be encouraged to be themselves, find their voice, and explore their beliefs, experiences, and obstacles related to stuttering, all while engaging in daily nature, sports, and arts activities at the beautiful Oregon Coast. The camp executive team is comprised of four speech language pathologists experienced in working with teens who stutter (two of the co-directors stutter) and an adult who stutters with extensive experience in working with teens. Staff members will include graduate students in speech language pathology from Pacific University and Portland State University. Tuition is $550.00 for each camper and includes lodging, all food, all activities, and a camp t-shirt. Financial assistance/scholarships are available. For more information or to apply, contact Kristin Mangan at firstname.lastname@example.org/(503)494-9045.
Campe More Website
Seattle Summer Stuttering Camp for Teens
Teens, age 13-17, who have received a diagnosis of stuttering or have been exhibiting signs of stuttering since childhood
Through a combination of individual treatment sessions and group activities, teen participants will learn stuttering management and fluency-enhancing techniques, and work to transfer those skills into their real-life environments. Teens will work alongside their peers who also stutter to develop healthy attitudes and emotional responses to their stuttering. Parents of teens are also expected to participate during scheduled portions.
UW Intensive Brochure
Successful Stuttering Management Program Summer Workshop
Cheney, WA – Eastern Washington University
A three-week intensive SSMP Workshop is offered every summer beginning the last week in June at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. The therapy includes both group and individual work to meet the specific needs of each participant. A cure is not advocated in the program, but rather it is designed to assist the stutterer in managing the stuttering, elimination of word and situation fears, and a greatly improved attitude and self image.
SSMP Summer Workshop Website
Camp Shout Out
Youth who stutter, SLPs, & SLP Students
Camp Shout Out brings together youth with fluency disorders, speech-language pathologists, and graduate students, guided by Board Certified Specialists-Fluency (BCS-F) to learn, teach, and empower each other to become more competent communicators and therapists in a safe, fun, and natural environment.
Camp Shout Out Website
Character Central Fine Arts Camp
Notre Dame, IN
Fluency/special needs kids, ages 10-15
Character Central Fine Arts Camp partnering with Saint Mary’s College Fine Arts Camp to offer two coed special needs day camps for kids ages 10-15. Character Central Fluency Camp: Choose to explore art, dance, theatre, music, and creative writing. Dedicated clinicians will join campers in their sessions, as well as provide intensive therapy throughout the week. Character Central AAC Camp: Campers will be immersed in the world of theatre, stretching their dramatic muscles while working with a dedicated clinician. Campers must be proficient or established AAC users, and able to handle routines and variability. At week’s end, campers will appear onstage in a theater performance at O’Laughlin Auditorium.
Character Central Fine Arts Camp Website
University of Minnesota Kids Who Stutter Camp (UMKWS)
Minneapolis, MN – University of Minnesota
Kids who stutter entering 3rd-8th grades
One of the main goals of camp is to allow children who stutter to meet one another. Many campers have never before met anyone else who stutters, which can be a very isolating experience. Because stuttering is a multi-factorial impairment, which affects much more than speech fluency, the focus of UMKWS is on the social, emotional and attitudinal aspects of stuttering. The goal is for kids to accept themselves as people who stutter, who can also be very good communicators.
Northwest Ohio Intensive Stuttering Clinics
Toledo, OH – University of Toledo
Intensive Stuttering Clinics for Children and their Families (ISCCF): This clinic will offer 30 hours of treatment for children 8-12 years of age and educational program for parents.
Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults (ages 12 and older): This program will include 60 hours of direct treatment (both groups & individual sessions).
Both clinics will help participants find better ways to cope with their stuttering by developing positive coping strategies for dealing with stuttering. Both clinics are for individuals who are willing to invest a significant amount of time and energy to make meaningful changes in their speech and their lives.
Northwest Ohio Intensive Stuttering Clinics Website
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Intensive treatment for adults who stutter available in the Ottawa area (Canada’s capital, located in northeastern Ontario). The program, previously based at The Ottawa Hospital, was closed in the fall of 2015 due to a re-organization of patient-care priorities. However, the treatment program has found a new home, thanks to a collaboration between the University of Ottawa School of Rehabilitation Sciences and the University of Ottawa Health Services. Individual assessment and treatment are offered, along with intensive group treatment programs of varying format and duration.
For more information, contact the clinic coordinator at: email@example.com or (613) 526-7175.
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
The 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference (ODC): Challenge and Change, will be held at St Catherine’s College Oxford from 20-23 September, 2017. Oxford Dysfluency Conference Website