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About HCRI

HCRI was founded by Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D. in 1972 to investigate stuttering with scientific methods and new treatment approaches. Under Dr. Webster´s direction, Virginia-based HCRI, a nonprofit organization, has become an international leader in stuttering research and the development of innovative, scientifically based therapy approaches.

The Institute's work has enabled the definition of specific speech behaviors that replace the distorted muscle activities that produce stuttering. This has led to therapy developments, ongoing treatment refinements, and the creation of new treatment tools that enhance fluency outcomes. U.S. patents have been awarded to HCRI for some of these stuttering therapy innovations.

Our research scientists have tested and retested HCRI´s therapy system with thousands of people who stutter. In addition, we have created new ways to use technology in therapy that make the learning of lasting fluency skills straightforward and practical.

HCRI Therapy

Each of HCRI's intensive stuttering therapy programs lasts 12 days. The Institute´s research shows that between 90 and 93% of program participants acquire fluency by the conclusion of treatment. Follow-up studies reveal that 70% to 75% retain fluent speech post therapy. For more information on HCRI stuttering treatment and results, click here

HCRI clinicians have treated more than 6,500 individuals, aged 11 to 73, from across the U.S. and 50 countries.Clients include broadcaster John Stossel of Fox News; Annie Glenn, wife of Senator and Astronaut John Glenn; as well as athletes, teachers, engineers, students, doctors, military personnel, business professionals, police officers, actors, paramedics, and other individuals from all walks of life.

Before coming to HCRI, most program participants tried other therapies for stuttering without long-term success. HCRI´s approach is designed to teach fluency skills that can be maintained for a lifetime.

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HCRI Recognition

  • The Virginia General Assembly unanimously passed a house joint resolution commending HCRI for its ground-breaking research and therapy innovation.

  • HCRI partnered with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders on a pioneering study that confirmed a genetic link to stuttering. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • HCRI was recognized by Virginia Business magazine for the institute's decades of innovation.

  • HCRI´s stuttering treatment program was the distinguished recipient of the First Award for Scientific Merit at a national convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  • HCRI media coverage includes the New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, People, Parade, Sports Illustrated, 20/20, NBC Today, Nightline, CBS Morning News, and Good Morning America.

  • Dr. Webster, who is also a licensed clinical psychologist, received the Outstanding Contributions in the Application of Psychology award from the Virginia Psychological Association.

Location and Facilities

HCRI is conveniently located in Roanoke, Virginia with easy access to major interstates and a regional airport. Situated in a tranquil setting with breathtaking views of theBlue Ridge Mountains, the Institute is close to area restaurants, lodging, medical facilities, major shopping malls, and abundant outdoor recreation.

HCRI´s building was designed and constructed specifically to facilitate stuttering therapy. Design features embodied within the structure foster individual learning of fluency skills and positive interactions between and among program participants.




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The HCRI Difference

HCRI is recognized as a leader in stuttering therapy. We developed the first comprehensive behavioral stuttering treatment, as well as the first speech measurement and feedback system for therapy. We continually research and upgrade our treatment program, based on new discoveries and technology, to make fluency learning easier and more sustainable. As a result, you benefit by participating in one of the most advanced, results-based therapy programs available.

For 40 years, we’ve researched and treated stuttering, made presentations around the globe, trained therapists across the U.S., and partnered with national agencies on stuttering research. We’ve helped more than 6,100 people, representing all types and severities of stuttering. We have the experience and know how to help you on the path to fluency.

HCRI’s treatment is comprehensive, systematic, and quality-controlled. We test every detail of the therapy process, and have systems to ensure treatment reliability. This includes having HCRI clinicians participate in 500 extra hours of customized training. These stringent standards ensure you achieve the best possible therapy outcomes.

HCRI stuttering therapy has enhanced the lives of thousands of people who stutter. Research shows 90-93% of clients acquire fluent speech in 12 days and 70-75% retain fluency when evaluated one and again two years post therapy. You can expect similar results if you give 100% to the therapy process.

Our extensive post-therapy tools and support are unmatched. Examples include our computer-based FluencyNet system, monthly video tips, HCRI reunions, fluency practice groups, and a free iPhone app that serves as a clinician in your pocket. Of course, we are always available by phone, email and Skype to offer assistance. At HCRI, we are your partner in fluency for life.

Stuttering has enormous personal cost in the form of lost opportunities at work, school and socially. Therapy also comes at a price − but therapies are not created equally. The hourly cost of HCRI’s therapy program, which totals 100 hours over 12-days, is less than half the national average. Plus, HCRI provides a high probability of a positive, lasting outcome. All things considered, HCRI represents one of the best therapy values available – and financing is available.

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