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.
In The News
- Read ANN LANDERS' column, where she says "Program may be answer for those who stutter..."
- Virginia Pilot newspaper - Front page, Sunday, December 26, 2015. The Gift of Speech: Students come from across the globe to tackle stuttering.
- Watch the CBS news story covering Ross Barrett and his successful program graduates.
- WVEC-TV Interview with Ross Barrett
Ross S. Barrett, M.A., CCC/SLP
Instructor of Clinical Otolaryngology
EVMS Fluency Program Director
Board Recognized Fluency Specialist
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My son, Josiah, age 16, completed your course about one month ago. From the moment he had come home, he was different. Formerly he refused to speak on the phone. But he got a cell phone and now uses it with great anticipation. He formerly refused to talk to the neighbors, but now he goes there with pleasure to talk to them. He even called ESPN national Sports Talk radio to openly voice his opinions for everyone in the county to hear! He even told me, Dad, I don't want to be a stockbroker anymore… I want to be a Sports Talk radio announcer. Could we ever have expected a more dramatic change?
I have a letter that Josiah wrote four months ago regarding his stuttering and his refusal to work anymore with a speech teacher. He hated her and hated speech class because he felt it did nothing. He was so bitter toward her and toward the world about his stuttering problem. But your course is remarkable. He told me that he worked harder that anyone else in your class...