When children start to stutter...
Help for Parents, Educators, Speech Therapists and Physicians


Our Advice, Consultation, and Education about Stuttering (ACES) program is a one-time (or as-needed) consultation service for parents and professionals in the community.  The ACES program is a free resource to answer any questions you, your family, or the families you serve may have about stuttering.

man and 2 boys sitting on couchThe purpose of the ACES program is to answer the questions of parents whose children stutter, such as “what causes stuttering?”, “will he grow out of it?”, and “what can I do right now?”.  The ACES program will also support parents by providing brochures, books and DVDs free of charge from the Stuttering Foundation of America (www.stutterhelp.org).  The ACES program can also provide useful websites, blogs, and resources.  A particularly good web resource is hosted by Professor Emeritus Judith Kuster (Wisconsin native) associated with Minnesota State University at Mankato (www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/). 

Community professionals can also take advantage of the ACES program as a professional development tool.  In an ACES consultation you will learn of ground-breaking brain scanning and genetic research in stuttering and discard old and incorrect information about what causes stuttering, when to wait for treatment, and which treatments work best.  In-service consultations may also be available upon special request (e.g., pre-med students, education students, health care profession conferences and workshops, education conferences and workshops).

The ACES program is conducted by CSD students enrolled in clinical practicum under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Smits-Bandstra.  Dr. Smits-Bandstra has written multiple scientific journal articles on stuttering research and presented research findings about the causes and treatments of stuttering at many national and international conferences (see below).

young adults around deskSCSU students participating in the ACES program will have the opportunity to learn principles of prevention and advocacy in the area of stuttering as well as community education, consultation and indirect methods of treatment.  Students also have opportunities to conduct research and present at local and national conventions.  Communication Sciences and Disorders students at SCSU design and distribute brochures advocating for the rights and dignity of children and adults who stutter to the community every year.  Among other things, these brochures emphasize that early intervention, before age 5, is crucial to minimize and even prevent negative long-term effects associated with stuttering.






Referred Publications

Smits-Bandstra, S., & Gracco, V. (2013). Speech sequence learning in persons who stutter and persons with Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Motor Behavior. 45 (5), 381-393. doi: 10.1080/00222895.2013.812058.

Smits-Bandstra S., & De Nil, L. (2009). Speech skill learning of persons who stutter and fluent speakers under single and dual task conditions. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics. 23, 38-57.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & De Nil, L. F. (2007). Sequence skill learning in persons who stutter: implications for cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical dysfunction. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 32, 251-278.

Smits-Bandstra, S., De Nil, L. F., & Saint-Cyr, J. A. (2006). Speech and nonspeech sequence skill learning in adults who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 31, 116-131.

Smits-Bandstra, S., & Yovetich, Y. (2003). Treatment effectiveness for school aged children who stutter. Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, 27(2), 125.

Invited Publications

Smits-Bandstra, S. (2011). How people who stutter and people with Parkinson’s disease learn and remember speech therapy skills. Paper presented at the International Stuttering Awareness Day Conference. Retrieved Oct 22, 2011, from http://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/isad15/isadcon15.html.

De Nil, L. F., Sasisekaran, J., & Smits-Bandstra, S. (2004). Recent insights into the nature of stuttering: A review and some speculations. Logopedie, 17, 26-38.

Refereed Published Abstracts

Smits-Bandstra, S., Anderson, J., & Steifels, M. (July 2013). “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade: Positive Thinking Strategies for People who Stutter” [Abstract]. National Stuttering Association Annual Conference Program.

Carlson, K., Peterson, R., Roberts, A. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013) “Teaching Easy Onsets Effectively for Optimum Retention” [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

Holman, W. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013). “Comparative effectiveness of practice schedules for chidlren with speech sound disorders” [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

McWilliams, E., Rehnstrand, W., Swanberg, B., & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2013). “Teaching Pausing Effectively for Optimum Retention” [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

Daleiden, J., Onken, J. & Regnier, S. (April 2012). “Transfer of therapy skills: Key principles everyone should know [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

Stenerson, S. Swanson, R. & Smits-Bandstra, S. (April 2012) “Making therapy more effective: Key principles everyone should know [Abstract]. Minnesota Speech Language and Hearing Conference Program.

Smits-Bandstra S. & Gracco, V. (2012). Implicit learning in stuttering and Parkinson’s disease: Event-related potentials [Abstract]. European Symposium on Fluency Disorders Convention Program.

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