Stuttering

The University of New Mexico Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences (SHS) is offering a seven-week stuttering management clinic for adults and adolescents this summer.

Clinics are on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., beginning June 3 and running through July 22. No clinic is scheduled the week of July 4. The cost is $15 per session, or $105 for the full seven weeks. Scholarships are available. Deadline to register in Friday, May 16. The clinic takes place at SHS, located at 1700 Lomas Blvd. NE, Suite 1300, on the corner of Lomas and University.

The clinic consists of a two-hour session once a week for seven weeks. Rick Arenas, assistant professor, SHS, said, “The program uses a cutting edge approach to stuttering that focuses on decreasing the social and emotional impacts of stuttering to improve overall quality of life.”

The program is designed to improve psychosocial functioning, readiness for therapy and change, mindfulness skills and psychological flexibility and diminish frequency of stuttering.

Arenas’ primary research interest is in developmental studying. His goal is to translate research findings into more effective treatments for stuttering to lessen the social and emotional impacts of it.

The other clinic instructor is Kate Blaker, who has a master’s degree in Communication Disorders from UNM. Her areas of specialty include neurological disorders in adults, voice, fluency and accent modification. She brings 10 years of experience to the program.

 For more information, call Arenas, (505) 277-4453 or email rickarenas@unm.edu.