Seminar Detail

Stuttering Therapy: Effective Strategies for Creating Functional Outcomes in Children and Adults

Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Join Marilee Fini, MA, CCC-SLP, and walk away with stuttering interventions that address the “whole person”. Through hands-on demonstrations, case studies, activities and role-play, discover effective techniques to treat the emotional and physical components of stuttering.

When both components of stuttering are addressed and therapy is conducted in “real life” situations – successful and functional outcomes are possible! Marilee’s strategies can be implemented immediately – attend this seminar and your clients will begin to:
  • overcome embarrassment, shame, fear, and anger related to stuttering
  • order in restaurants, make phone calls and give presentations

Walk away with a STUTTERING INTERVENTION TOOLBOX full of assessment and treatment strategies, including:
  • Physical techniques such as decreasing secondary and avoidance behaviors, “easy and relaxed speech”, “easy starts“, pull-outs” and “freezing the moment”
  • Counseling skills, art activities and role-playing to increase confidence
  • Activities to develop listening and communication skills
  • Strategies to improve eye contact and turn-taking
  • When to make appropriate referrals to mental health providers; especially, if there is a concern of suicide
  • Hands-on activities for counseling skills with parents

  1. Evaluate the physical and emotional components of stuttering in the assessment process.
  2. Develop appropriate goals for the physical and emotional components of stuttering.
  3. Apply techniques for managing and overcoming client’s stress and anxiety in feared speaking situations.
  4. List 4 activities for integrating feelings and emotions in the therapy plan.
  5. Utilize counseling skills to deal with emotions surrounding stuttering.
  6. Implement effective strategies for building communication and listening skills.
  7. Employ practical strategies for working with families in the therapy process.


Marilee Fini, MA, CCC-SLP, is a practicing speech pathologist for 21 years and has been running her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy in Cleveland, OH , for the last 15 years. In her practice, she primarily works with children and adults who stutter. Marilee was awarded the “Annie Glenn National Leadership Award – Best Practices in Speech-Language Pathology” given to her by The Ohio State University Department of Speech and Hearing Services in recognition for excellence in leadership in the field of Speech Pathology and dedication to individuals who stutter.

In addition, Marilee serves as an Adjunct Professor at South University and Lakeland College where she teaches public speaking courses. Marilee has been a professional speaker for over 15 years and has traveled across the U.S., presenting to many diverse audiences on stuttering. Marilee sheds a unique light on the subject of stuttering since she has spent most of her life dealing with her own stuttering. Throughout her journey, she has faced many situations which she deemed as “IMPOSSIBLE” but was able to overcome them through hard work, dedication and faith.

”As a child who severely stuttered, I never dreamed that I would be a Speech Pathologist, professional speaker and professor teaching public speaking courses … it is possible because I am a living testimonial of it!” -Marilee Fini, MA, CCC-SLP.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Marilee Fini maintains a private practice. She is an adjunct professor at Lakeland Community College and South University. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Marilee Fini is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is an individual who has faced the challenges of stuttering.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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