The Adult and Teen Stuttering Program (14+)

A comprehensive treatment program for teens and adults who stutter

group of young adultsThe Adult and Teen Stuttering Program is a treatment program for teens and adults who stutter. Both group and individual therapy are offered. **New** The clinic now offers one-time or on-going "booster" sessions for those who just need a refresher course of techniques, support and strategies. The program is lead by Communication Sciences and Disorders students under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Smits-Bandstra (see publications/presentations below).

Students have the opportunity to learn individual and group therapy principles and procedures in stuttering and cluttering, methods of assessment, and therapy techniques.  Students also have opportunities to conduct research and present at local and national conventions.

Treatment emphasizes confident successful communication, however each person can choose to focus more of their time on specific speech tools, self-acceptance and positive attitudes toward speaking, or both.  The group provides practice of therapy techniques in a more realistic social environment.  In group or individual sessions participants will learn and practice new fluency-enhancing techniques.  Participants will learn strategies that focus on enhancing their confidence and ability to successfully participate in conversations, reading, presentations, and other communicative contexts.  Participants also have a chance to meet, network, blog, surf, chat, twitter etc with other people for whom stuttering is only a small part of who they are.  Stuttering therapy techniques taught at St Cloud State clinic have been proven effective in recent scientific research studies (Boothe et al., 2006; Conture & Yaruss, 2009; Craig et al., 1996; Hewat et al., 2006; Onslow et al., 2003).

**Coming soon** The treatment clinic will soon be offering “telepractice” (therapy by video conference) as a treatment option for individuals for whom it is inconvenient to come to the clinic.

***NEW*** People of all ages are welcome to attend our National Stuttering Association St Cloud Chapter Self-Help Group (  Please see website for details, dates and times.  We are also on facebook (

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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

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, 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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