Worcester State University
Speech-Language-Hearing Center

Fluency Disorders Clinic

The Fluency Disorders Clinic offers prevention, evaluation, and intervention services for individuals of all ages who have fluency disorders.  While stuttering is the most common fluency disorder, the clinic also provides individual and group services for individuals who clutter and individuals who have acquired fluency disorders.  Counseling is an integral component in the diagnostic and therapeutic process.  The Fluency Disorders Clinic was featured in the spring 2011 issue of, “The Statement,” Worcester State University’s alumni magazine. Click here to read the article.

In addition to individual and group services during the fall and spring semesters, the Fluency Disorders Clinic has offered a summer program for children and teens who stutter since 2005.  The program includes individual therapy sessions, group therapy sessions, and parent education sessions.  Goals for individual and group therapies are designed to help clients more effectively manage their stuttering.  At the same time, parents receive support and information about stuttering to help them understand and more effectively interact with their children. 

The Fluency Disorders Clinic is supervised and managed by Joan Butterworth, M.S., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD and Kenneth Melnick, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BRS-FD.  Both Ms. Butterworth and Dr. Melnick are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  In addition, they are both Board Recognized Specialists in Fluency Disorders (BRS-FD).  Ms. Butterworth and Dr. Melnick are the only BRS-FD in the Central Massachusetts region.  There are only approximately 300 specialists in the United States.

The Communication Sciences & Disorders Department is fortunate to host the Worcester National Stuttering Association meetings (NSA website link here).  This group is designed for adults (i.e., 18 years and over) who stutter and anyone interested in learning more about stuttering.  Meetings are held in the Ghosh Science and Technology Building room 122D on the first and third Tuesday of the month.  For further information, please click here (add link to Worcester NSA website here). 

For more information about the Fluency Disorders Clinic, please contact the Center Director, Ann T. Veneziano, M.S., CCC-SLP at 508-929-8055.

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