Developed and used for over 50 years in intensive stuttering workshops at Eastern Washington University, The Successful Stuttering Management Program (SSMP) has helped hundreds of clients gain insights to deal honestly with their stuttering disorder. . . and gain control and confidence in their daily interactions with others. SSMP has also provided hands on experience in stuttering therapy for over 1000 student clinicians and in-service training for professional speech-Language Pathologists.
The SSMP was the creation of Dr. Dorvan Breitenfeldt, himself a stutterer. The Program was first published in the early 1990’s with the help of his professional partner, Delores Rusted Lorenz. The philosophy of this therapy; accepting yourself as you are as a prerequisite to change, taking responsibility for one’s self and for one’s change, and realizing that growth comes best through and with others.
A two-week intensive SSMP workshop is offered every summer, typically in July. The therapy includes both group and individual work to meet the specific needs of each participant. A cure is not advocated in the program, but rather it is designed to assist the stutterer in managing the stuttering, elimination of work and situation fears, and greatly improved attitude and self image.
The next intensive workshop is scheduled for July 8 to July 21, 2018.
A five-day refresher program is offered every summer. A person who has attended one of the intensives may attend. The refresher program is designed to build and strengthen the skills needed to continue to speak freely and confidently. The refresher program occurs yearly during the second week of the intensive.