Smooth Talking: A Curriculum for School-Age Children Who Stutter

Second Edition

Nola Radford

Details: 204 pages, B&W, Manual + CD, DVD and Workbook, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-243-0

© 2010 | Available

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Smooth Talking is a comprehensive curriculum developed for speech-language pathologists who serve school-age children (7 to 14 years) who stutter. The curriculum incorporates mediated learning-cognitive strategies with behavioral techniques to promote effective management of stuttering. Its contents include:

  • A clinician's manual, which was developed based on work with over forty school-age children, representing a diverse sample of children, including white, African American, and Mexican American children
  • A student workbook with eye-catching illustrations, games, stories and poems
  • An audio CD containing a listening/cognitive retraining message to be listened to during a quiet time or relaxation period
  • A DVD demonstrating the curriculum

New to the second edition is a Spanish translation of the clinician workbook, not to mention the content representing over five years of research since the first publication of the curriculum. This is a time-proven product that can be readily incorporated into therapy to enhance successful therapy for children who stutter. Further, the manual has been revised to include results of recent case studies and a more in-depth review of pertinent literature, consistent with an evidence-based approach to speech training. Smooth Talking is also appropriate to use in advanced coursework for students majoring in speech-language pathology.

Nola Radford

Nola T. Radford, PhD, CCC-SLP, is board-certified specialist in fluency through the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders. She was Professor and Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Research for the Hearing and Speech Center of the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center 2016-2020. As Director, she was available to manage day-to-day clinical activities. Dr. Radford assisted in the development of off-campus sites and participated in community service. She served as an instructor of record for clinical courses and established an annual retreat for clinical faculty members to discuss curriculum and other topics. Occasionally, she provided direct service to children and adolescents who stutter. She has also volunteered with the departmental chapter of the National Stuttering Association. She is pleased to be a member of SIG 4, Fluency Disorders and a recent member of STAR Community, (State Advocate for Insurance Reimbursement). She mentored one CF in 2017. Dr. Radford served as a mentor for a candidate seeking specialty certification in stuttering, and the candidate was successful. She served as a clinical professor in the Department of AUSP at UTHSC from 2020-2021. She previously served as a professor at Jackson State University and was appointed interim chair in 2008, having served until 2011. Dr. Radford retired from Jackson State University in 2016 as a full professor. She enjoyed working with public school clinicians and participating in annual professional conferences while living in Jackson, Mississippi. Other experiences and certifications include It Takes Two to Talk (ITT for family-based language intervention with the parents of language delayed children), and More Than Words (for family-based language intervention with preschoolers exhibiting autism).She is currently certified for ITT (since 2004) and More Than Words (2010) for the provision of family-based language intervention. I have taught courses in the areas of fluency and articulation and phonological disorders, as well as acquired language disorders in adults. Dr. Radford is interested in the interaction of stuttering with language and sound production. Her most recent publication is Positive Messages and Traditional Therapy For Three Children With Persistent Stuttering, published in International Journal of Disability, Development and Education in 2021. Her current passion is to delve more deeply into the best mentoring and supervision practices for training in speech-language pathology. Teletherapy is an essential area for training and an important option for service delivery as a result of the COVID Pandemic.

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Smooth Talking Board Games

Nola Radford

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-395-6

© 2010 | Available