Our Program

The Eastern Virginia Medical School Fluency Program treats stuttering as a behavioral problem. We do not perceive stuttering as the consequence of a complex emotional disorder. We can confidently say that after decades of helping stutterers, the proper approach to treating this perplexing, long-standing affliction is to accurately redevelop the physical properties of speech.

The EVMS Fluency Program employs laboratory derived principles of learning in the development of new speech skills. During the therapy program, physical mechanisms used in the production of speech are precisely and systematically retrained. Participants in the EVMS Fluency Program relearn the proper means of producing the elementary sounds of speech. The stutterers then rebuild their ability to correctly produce syllables, words and, ultimately, complete sentences.

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Proven Results

Through hard work and dedication to the program,
our clients have learned to speak fluently and enjoy successful lives.

Patient Testimonials

Ross S. Barrett, M.A. CCC/SLP - EVMS Fluency Program Director

Ross S. Barrett, M.A., CCC/SLP
Instructor of Clinical Otolaryngology
EVMS Fluency Program Director
Board Recognized Fluency Specialist
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Before the program, I stuttered so badly I was afraid of answering phones and having conversations. I managed to get through school without reading aloud or making one single presentation. My employer saw more in me than I saw in myself and put me through the therapy at their expense.

Today, I manage multiple building projects overseeing construction and infrastructure work, solicit bids, negotiate contracts and manage a staff of varied size. I also work with Habitat for Humanity on occasion.

These things were out of my reach before this program at EVMS. I have 100s of associates who never knew I stuttered...

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