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Saint Xavier University hosts workshops on stuttering

Bob Quesal to speak at programs

Chicago (Sept. 27, 2007) – School-age children and teens, along with their parents, can attend a youth-day workshop promoting self-esteem and treatment for children who stutter. The program will include education and support for parents and take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Andrew Conference Center at Saint Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

There will also be a Friday, Oct. 19, program specifically for speech-language pathologists, special education teachers and speech pathology students, titled “Assessing and Treating Stuttering in an Evidence-based Practice World,” in Saint Xavier University’s Butler Reception Room. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The events are co-sponsored by Saint Xavier University and the National Stuttering Association. Speaking at both events will be Bob Quesal, Ph.D., a certified clinical speech-language pathologist and board-recognized fluency specialist and a professor at Western Illinois University, where he teaches classes in stuttering, speech science, anatomy, research design, and voice disorders.

Quesal’s research has addressed assessment of multiple outcomes of stuttering treatment and especially outcomes from the perspective of the person who stutters. A board-recognized fluency specialist, he has presented papers at numerous local, state, national and international meetings.

Other speakers at Saturday’s workshop include Lee Reeves, member of the board of directors of the National Stuttering Association; Connie Dugan, a certified clinical speech-language pathologist and board-recognized specialist in fluency disorders; Karen Czarnik, a certified clinical speech-language pathologist and professor at Saint Xavier; Nina Reardon-Reeves, a certified clinical speech-language pathologist and board-recognized specialist in fluency disorders; Paul Bittorf, adult chapter leader of the National Stuttering Association; and James Zerlentes, a certified clinical speech-language pathologist. Saturday’s workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Children and teens will meet kids who stutter and meet successful adults who stutter and engage in fun and self-affirming activities. Parents and speech-language pathologists will learn about the newest research in stuttering and find out what they can do to help. They will meet other parents and persons who stutter and learn how to develop a team between family, school and speech-language pathologist.

At Friday’s program, attendees will learn about the totality of the stuttering disorder and will learn to view it largely from the perspective of the person who stutters. Definitions, assessments, treatments and outcomes for a variety of ages and severity levels will all be presented from an “empathy-based practice” perspective of the disorder. Examples and resources will be provided. Attendees will leave with a more comprehensive view of stuttering, more resources to use when working with people who stutter, and more confidence in their ability to help their clients who stutter.

Registration for Friday’s event is $105 for speech-language pathologists who register before Oct. 12, or $115 for speech-language pathologists who register after Oct. 12. Cost for students and National Stuttering Association members is $40 before Oct. 12, or $50 after Oct. 12.

Registration for Saturday’s NSA Youth Day is $25 before Oct. 8 or $35 after Oct. 8. For more information, please contact Karen Czarnik at czarnik@sxu.edu or NSA at info@WeStutter.org.

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Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving more than 5,600 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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