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We are the Capital District Council of Effective Communication for children, teens, and adults who stutter, as well as interested families and professionals. We believe that stuttering is complex and multidimensional and should be treated in a synergistic framework.

That is, we believe one must work at learning the process of speech and language production, while working on attitudes and feelings in environmental situations. We foster empowerment and provide positive experience to enhance self-esteem, assertiveness and an internalization of control. The treatment components we utilize to achieve changes in these three areas: speech, feelings and environment include a variety of evidence-based components. Among them, may be: Stuttering Modification, Fluency Shaping, technological aids and Cognitive Behavioral components as a basis of Desensitization and non-avoidance.
We hope these multifaceted program components allow for each client to find the treatment components most valuable to their personal journey towards creating lasting change in their ability to communicate.” These activities constitute a flight to freedom, which is an ongoing journey that includes our clients, their families, and the significant people in their lives. As a teaching and research institution, we are also committed to enhancing the field of Speech-Language Pathology by training graduate students and conducting an active line of research in the area of stuttering.”

Where and When We Meet:

Every Monday night of the semester that class is in session.
Children and Teens: 7:40 PM- 8:30 PM; ages 7-18 yrs
Adults: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The College of Saint Rose Campus
Lally School of Education
Emery Educational & Clinical Services Center
1009 Madison Avenue
Albany, New York, 12203

Our Philosophy

  • Our multifaceted/synergistic philosophy combines direct work with speech and language as well as attitudinal and environmental components in order to create a holistic program.
  • Our treatment is individual in order to meet the needs of each client.
  • Our treatment combines individual and group therapy opportunities with short-term incentive and long term follow up.
  • Treatment is provided by our graduate student clinicians under direct supervision of licensed Speech-Language Pathologists, specializing in the treatment of stuttering..

Our Beliefs

We believe that people who stutter do have the ability to change their stuttering pattern and to minimize their feelings of fear and guilt.

  • We believe that people who stutter can become effective communicators.
  • We believe that group support is a necessary component of stuttering treatment.
  • We believe that the journey of partnership, empowerment, and treatment of stuttering are facilitated by the interaction of client, student clinician and clinical supervisor.”

Our goals, synergistically combine individually chosen evidence-based treatment components in order to facilitate change in the following areas:
1. Speech/Language
2. Attitudes/feelings
3. Environment

Fluency Team Supervisors

Julia Unger, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Program Director
Phone: (518) 337-5696
E-mail: ungerj@strose.edu

Elaine Galbrath, M.S., CCC-SLP
E-mail: galbraie@strose.edu

Chris Caffrey, M.A., CCC-SLP
Email: caffreyc@strose.edu

Jean Wisniewski, M.S. CCC-SLP
Email: wisniewsj@strose.edu

Ellen Jacobsen, M.S., CCC-SLP
Email: jacobsee@strose.edu

Founded By:
Sister Charleen Bloom, Ph.D., BRS-FD Board Recognized, Retired

A Note to Prospective Members: We know how hard it is so simply face the fact that you’re a person who stutters. All of us too clearly remember how nervous and embarrassed we were when we came to our first Council Meeting. Yet we also remember how relieved we were when we found out things about stutteringthat we were always to ashamed to ask about. We can’t promise you a quick cure, but we can promise you understanding, practical help, a program that works and many pairs of ‘only-too-glad-to-listen’ ears.

Written by a Client

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