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Intensive Summer Program Helps Individuals Control Persistent Stuttering

Intensive Summer Program Helps Individuals Control Persistent Stuttering
Each summer, something truly transformative takes place for a select group of individuals at the USF Tampa campus. Teens and adults with a history of persistent stuttering discover that they can take control of their speech and find fluency. "This is not a summer camp", says Nathan Maxfield, Associate Professor and director of the Program for the Advanced Treatment of Stuttering (USF-PATS). "This is more like boot camp for stuttering. Clients work 6 to 7 hours a day, five days a week for three weeks, for a total of ~90 hours of intensive intervention. We deconstruct their old speech pattern, and then work with them to build a new speech pattern completely from scratch." The program was originally directed by Pat Sacco, a now-retired Speech-Language Pathologist. Sacco ran the program for 20+ years at the State University of New York - Geneseo College campus, and then brought the program to USF in the early 1990s. Participant's in the program include Nancy Hogshead-Makar, winner of three gold medals and a silver medal on the 1984 US Olympic Swim Team and her son Aaron. Read more...