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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes HCRI stuttering therapy different?

HCRI therapy is grounded in science and represents a one-of-a-kind treatment for stuttering. It produces a powerful, intensive and transforming experience. Our 12-day behavioral therapy is an immersion-based program with systematic treatment protocols and proprietary technology. HCRI stuttering therapy operates at the highest level of quality-controlled, behavioral stuttering therapy available today.

In addition, HCRI clinicians are the only professionals in the world certified to administer our therapy. They participate in a rigorous 500-hour training program to ensure the best possible fluency outcomes for clients.

Does HCRI therapy help with all stuttering conditions?

HCRI stuttering therapy is effective with virtually all developmental stuttering types and severities. We have treated more than 6,500 people who stutter. The odds are high that we have successfully treated a stuttering condition similar to yours.

Does HCRI use a traditional fluency shaping approach?

No. We find traditional fluency shaping approaches represent old, incomplete and out-of-date methods. While HCRI was one of the earliest developers of fluency shaping therapy, our ongoing research demonstrated that traditional fluency shaping methods embodied a set of rather vaguely defined procedures that were frequently applied incorrectly. Our data revealed that many detailed behavioral elements were omitted, which inhibited successful outcomes.

So, we moved well beyond traditional fluency shaping methods to a more specific and well-structured therapy system. The stuttering therapy approach we use at HCRI provides more effective and efficient fluency learning, better results, and stronger post-therapy fluency retention.

What research do you have about HCRI therapy results?

HCRI fluency outcomes are demonstrated in a large scale evaluation study, which is documented in Chapter 11 of the book, From Stuttering to Fluent Speech, 6,300 Cases Later: Unlocking Muscle Mischief, written by HCRI President and Founder Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D.

The research revealed that 93 percent of participants achieve fluency by the end of their HCRI therapy. Follow-up studies conducted one and two years later show 70 to 75% maintain fluency. We know of no other stuttering therapy program that has this level of data about fluency outcomes. Additionally, client achievement surveys indicate that 79% of participants improved their career options, 80% enhanced their social life, and 91% were happier and more satisfied after HCRI stuttering therapy.

What type of fluency outcomes can I expect?

The data above indicates the majority of participants achieve lasting fluency with HCRI therapy. With hard work and total commitment to the therapy process, you can reasonably expect similar results, based on the percentages in these studies.

When you graduate from your therapy program, you should have solid fluency skills that give you greater confidence and the ability to handle all everyday speaking situations. We recommend you continue to practice your fluency skills when you return home so they become second nature.

What electronic tools are used in HCRI therapy?

Our research team invented and patented several specialized electronic systems that we use in HCRI stuttering therapy. These proprietary tools make it easier for you to learn and maintain specific speech behaviors that generate fluency. Our Voice Monitor measures details of your speech in real time and provides instant feedback to help you master fluency skills.

We also provide ongoing support and home-practice tools, including an iPhone app, that you can use post-therapy to assess your fluency skills, and if desired, further guide practice. As a result, you will benefit from an unparalleled level of immediate, accurate feedback that facilitates robust learning and retention of speech fluency.

Will others attend therapy at the same time as me?

Yes. Therapy is held in a small group setting. There may be up to nine others who will range in age and come from near and far. You will interact with your fellow participants every day and likely develop close friendships. Everyone supports one another during the therapy process because everyone comes to HCRI for the same reason – to become fluent for life. You will also enjoy a close, supportive relationship with your HCRI clinician.

How much therapy will I get over the 12 days?

Your program includes 100 hours of treatment and evaluation. HCRI therapy starts promptly each day at 8 a.m. and you will work intensively until 4:30 p.m. You will have breaks during the day to recharge and will have an hour for lunch. Therapy will be held in a clinical setting, as well as in real-world environments like shopping malls and restaurants.

What if I don’t catch on right away?

That’s okay. Our clinicians will work with you to ensure you always understand what you need to do and how to do it. They are patient, compassionate, and dedicated to helping you achieve fluency.

During the therapy program, where will I stay?

There are nice hotels within walking distance of HCRI – Country Inn and Suites, Hampton Inn, and Fairfield Inn and Suites. Other hotels are a short drive away. We have negotiated special HCRI rates to reduce your lodging costs. These hotels have hosted many, many HCRI clients and will take good care of you.

Where will I eat lunch?

You have one hour each day for lunch. Restaurants within walking distance include Subway, El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant and Hardees. A Kroger grocery store is nearby, as well. There are many other restaurants within a short drive. Often, participants go to lunch together.

Can a family member accompany me?

A family member may join you for a short time on the first day of your program to meet the clinicians and staff, tour the Institute, and hear the program introduction.

What happens if I need help after I return home?

We are always here for you and just a phone call away. Simply call your clinician any time you need coaching or assistance. HCRI also provides an unmatched package of post-therapy practice tools to take home with you.

Is financing available?

Yes. We provide financing through CareCredit. If you are interested, just let us know by emailing or calling 855-236-7032 and we will help you through the process.

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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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