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The Stuttering Homepage (stutteringhomepage.com), designed and coordinated by Judy Kuster through the University of Minnesota, contains a wealth of treatment ideas, articles, research and resources for the practicing clinician. In addition, the archives of papers written for the International Stuttering Awareness Day online Conferences are available. These conferences contain articles written by professionals from all around the world in addition to individuals who share their personal stories concerning stuttering. The site also has a special section for Kids and for Teens.

The Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania (www.stutteringcenter.org) originates from a partnership between The University of Pittsburgh and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and contains the works of Scott Yaruss, Ph.D. and Craig Coleman, M.A., BRS-FD. This site has a newsletter for children called “Kids Speak”. The news letter contains articles, contests and treatment ideas for children who stutter. They also have a news letter for clinicians called “Stuttering Center News”. The site also contains the Assessment of the Child’s Experience of Stuttering (ACES) which is a tool design to be completed by the child. This tool helps to focus on the many important aspects of treatment that involve the child’s perception of stuttering. Also included in this site is the recently published Overall Assessment of the Speaker’s Experience of Stuttering (OASES) which addresses evaluation of adolescents and adults. Other helpful information including handouts and presentations is available.

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Fluency Center (www.unl.edu/fluency) under the guidance of Charley Healey provides sections for consumers, professionals and students interested in children and adults who stutter. This site includes the Cognitive, Affective, Linguistic, Motor & Social assessment model (CALMS). Speech-language pathologists can utilize this form to rate various aspects of a child/teen’s fluency disorder on a scale. Periodic measures can be used evaluate progress. The site also contains the Children’s Attitude Test and the Erickson S24 Scale for adults along with other handouts and forms for use in assessment and treatment. Copies of handouts from Dr. Healey’s presentations are also available.

The Stuttering Foundation of America (stutteringhelp.org) provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families. This web site has many brochures, resources and information that can be downloaded by the clinician and used for treatment of children, teens and adults who stutter. Parents and teachers will also find this site to be helpful with ideas and resources. There are also inexpensive posters, videos, CDs, books and other materials. The Stuttering Foundation also supports research in the field of stuttering.

The National Stuttering Association (westutter.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public concerning stuttering. As a result, this web site contains a wealth of information for parents, families as well as clinicians. Brochures, handouts and articles are available to download or buy. Various activities and workshops ore listed on the site for people who stutter as well as professionals. This site also contains information on the latest research and views on a variety of issues related to stuttering.

Friends: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter (friendswhostutter.org) is a national organization created to provide a network of love and support for children and teenagers who stutter, their families, and the professionals who work with them. 

The Ohio Speech Language and Hearing Association (ohioslha.org) has links to many sites offering information about fluency/stuttering.

The Ohio School Speech Pathology and Educational Audiology Coalition (www.osspeac.org) links clinicians to a variety of resources including a section on fluency.

The American Speech Language and Hearing Association (asha.org) is the national regulating body for all Speech-Language Pathologists. The site has information about the Special Interest Division in Fluency and Fluency Disorders for professionals. In addition, information about stuttering for the general public is also available.