“Children can experience negative emotions or thoughts related to their stuttering. This can cause them to feel very different from their peers and lead to social avoidance,” said Craig Coleman, department of communication disorders faculty member and stuttering specialist. “Last year, we held the first annual Stuttering U. program designed to educate speech-language pathologists about stuttering, and empower children and families to manage stuttering effectively. Watching the changes in the children and families over the three days was awe-inspiring.”
“The program was a success for the children and their families as well as the speech-language pathologists and our students at Marshall. We are excited to continue partnering with West Virginia University to continue this important program.” he said.
“We offer a unique experience for those affected by stuttering, in a fun, supportive environment,” said Mary Weidner, a speech-language pathologist and a current doctoral student at WVU. “We are planning many fun activities which will challenge campers to take risks and make lasting memories. We will hold true to our motto: ‘Be Brave. Be Amazing. Be U.’ ”
In addition to the camp, a two-day continuing education session will take place June 23-24 for speech-language pathologists and students. A second continuing education event will be held at West Virginia University on July 23-24.
Photo: Craig Coleman welcomes campers to Stuttering U. at last year’s event.