Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinic

Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinic

The University of Toledo (UT) supports the Northwest Ohio Stuttering Clinic (NWOSC) on its campus. The NWOSC is a nonprofit clinic serving people who stutter, but also a training clinic for graduate students  This therapy is offered at a reduced cost during the academic semesters. The clinic is directed by Rodney M. Gabel, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F. Wonderful therapists from the Toledo community supervise graduate students delivering 100% of the therapy. For information about fees and service and to schedule a session, please contact Dr. Gabel by email or phone 419-530-6682.

During the summer, two intensive clinics are offered. The first is the Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Children and their Families (ISCCF). The clinic is designed to provide services for older children between the ages of 8 and 12 and their parents. The program will focus on teaching children about stuttering, address negative attitudes and feelings about speaking, learn better means of coping with stuttering, and use effective techniques to improve communication. Parents will be engaged in an educational program during the clinic, so one parent is required to be involved during the entire program. Parents are a critical part of treatment, thus the educational program is a critical part of this program.

This 6 day clinic will be offered June 25th -30th during the summer of 2018. This is one of very few intensive programs for children in this age group in the country. The cost of the clinic is $450 for the entire clinic, including the cost of therapy and housing for those traveling a great distance to attend the clinic. This low price is possible due to the generosity of the Psi Iota Xi National sorority (other scholarships may be available) and a gift from an unnamed organization. 

summer 2014 stuttering clinic

The Intensive Stuttering Clinic for Adolescents and Adults (ISCAA), will also be offered the week of June 25th- 30th during the summer of 2018. This intensive therapy program includes 35 hours of direct treatment (both groups and individual sessions), and the cost is $450. This fee includes all therapy and housing. The purpose of this intensive clinic is to help adolescents (12 years and older) and adults who stutter to develop positive coping strategies for dealing with stuttering. Participants will increase their understanding of stuttering and learn to communicate effectively. 
art museum clinic photoThey will learn to eliminate their maladaptive reactions to stuttering and reduce their stuttering severity. This clinic is for individuals who are willing to invest a significant amount of time and energy to make meaningful changes in their speech and their lives. To date, research suggests that this program helps people who stutter to make significant changes.

As with the ISCCF, this clinic is one of very few intensive clinics that are offered throughout the country. As with the ISCCF, this low price is available due to the support of and generosity of our community supporters, especially the Psi Iota Xi National sorority. 

Participant Testimonials:

"Therapy helped me realize that being okay with stuttering
can actually help me with my speech.
I feel better about stuttering, and now I am able to have control and stutter less."

"This program has helped me feel better about my speech,
better than I have ever felt."

"I liked being able to work with my clinician in the clinic,
but also talking with people 
all over campus and in the community.
I never thought I could do this."

"Therapy and overcoming my stuttering is more about using my new techniques,
not so much about 0% stuttering."

Important details about both intensive clinics are as follows:

  • Up to 10 participants  The ISCCF will include students between 8 and 12; the ISCAA Is for individuals over the age of 12.
  • The therapy delivered during each clinic emphasizes teaching individuals to modify his/her stuttering, eliminate maladaptive behaviors related to stuttering, and change the negative or self-defeating emotional reactions, feelings, and attitudes related to speech.
  • The ISCCF offers 30 hours of therapy and the ISCAA offers 35 hours of formal treatment during the intensive clinic. The clinic sessions will run from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Participants will also schedule three 30-minute diagnostic sessions to be completed prior to attending the clinic. Details regarding these sessions can be discussed with Dr. Gabel.
  • Housing will be offered in one of the residence halls at UT. Meals are not included, but there are several dining halls on campus and many restaurants close to campus. Those participants under the age of 18 will need to stay with a parent or guardian during the program. Those interested in housing in Toledo, but not in the residence hall, should contact Dr. Gabel to discuss options.

This clinical program is supported through a National Project Grant from the Psi Iota XI National Sorority and through donations made by Psi Iota Xi chapters in Ohio. To learn more about Psi Iota Xi, please visit their website.

Research Papers About the Therapy Programs

Gabel, R., & Irani, F. (2012). Improving services for people who stutter: Intensive therapy and telepractice. eHearsay, 2, 71-78.

Irani, F., Gabel, R., Daniels, D., & Hughes, S. (2012). The long term effectiveness intensive stuttering therapy: A mixed methods study. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 3, 164-178.

Irani, F., & Gabel, R. (2011). Intensive stuttering therapy with telepractice follow-up: A case study. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 21, 11-21.

Gabel, R., Irani, F., Palasik, S., Swartz, E., & Hughes, C. (2010). Treatment Outcomes of the Intensive Stuttering Therapy for Adolescents and Adults. In A. Harrison (Ed.), Speech Disorders: Causes, treatments, and social effects (pp. 139-158). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Gabel, R., Daniels, D., & Hughes, S. (2008). A mixed-model approach to studying treatment outcomes. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 18, 6-16.

Last Updated: 1/2/18