• By Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP

Having Grown as a Speech Language Pathologist

Joanne Summer, second row center in blue, poses with her new worldwide network of up and coming stuttering experts. Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation, is seated second from right.

As I sit on the train back to New Jersey, I am reflecting back on my incredible week at Boston University. I spent the last five days learning all about "Cognitive Approaches for People Who Stutter" under the auspices of The Stuttering Foundation. These approaches include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and the Michael Palin Parent Child Interaction program.

I have learned and grown so much as a speech language therapist.

I have made new friends, bonding with colleagues from all across the United States, Canada and as far away as Sri Lanka. I have shared with, learned from and gotten to know the presenters, Alison Nicholas and Elaine Kelman. I feel I have bonded with all these individuals, spending long days learning and working with them and then joining many of them for dinner and outings around Boston. I have also enjoyed once again being in this great American city.

Although I am exhausted now and eager to see my family and dog once again, I would not have missed this experience for the world. I am so grateful to Jane Fraser, president of The Stuttering Foundation, for making this experience possible.

Joanne Summer, MA, CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist based in Morristown, NJ, has helped hundreds of children improve their speech sound production and language skills. She founded Well Spoken Speech Therapy, LLC, in 2014 after spending 12 years providing therapy to children (K-5) in the New Jersey public school system. In private practice, her clients also include younger children and adolescents. In addition, she treats people of all ages who stutter or otherwise find it difficult to speak fluently—an area in which she has received extensive specialized training.

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