HCRI Stuttering Therapy Program

The Hollins Fluency System
A Stuttering Therapy About You!
HCRI’s therapy results are based directly upon our effectiveness in understanding what each individual brings to the therapy process. Our care in building a solid working relationship with each person, and careful instruction throughout the entire treatment program, give each person in therapy the best chance of learning and retaining fluency skills.

We know how important it is to give you our best effort. Only then will you give your best effort; and, we know from experience, best efforts yield winners.

Stuttering Therapy Program Overview
HCRI offers a unique on-site, 12-day therapy that emphasizes motor skill training and balanced attention to the cognitive and emotional aspects of stuttering. Our therapy is substantially different from other so-called “fluency shaping” or “combination” treatments or therapies you may have received in the past. HCRI utilizes a more focused set of procedures, more specific response details, and scientifically validated training methods. Our clients benefit when we combine these methods with technology and an incredible staff of professionals dedicated specifically to treating the problem of stuttering.

This proven therapy is called The Hollins Fluency System™, and provides treatment within a fixed time frame, at a fixed cost with a known probability of a positive outcome. It is an intensive twelve-day program that uses specialized training procedures to facilitate the learning, retention and transfer into everyday life of fluency targets. Our systematic application of laboratory-derived principles of learning, along with the constant honing and validation of training sequences, provides our clients with fluency skills that can be retained in every day life, without the requirement of “carry-on” programs or post-therapy support groups.

Computer Technology
HCRI has also been a pioneer (since 1971) in using computers to strengthen and expand the processes of stuttering therapy. We have learned how to integrate computers into therapy in a manner that reinforces the learning and retention of fluency skills. Our emphasis on the physical measurement of fluency skills means that we can actually evaluate speech signals in real time and can then indicate to the speaker whether or not he attained the target behavior he was trying to produce. The specialized computers used in the Hollins Fluency System™ provide a strong boost to the learning, and more importantly, the long-term retention of fluent speech. We have found that the computer evaluation of speech is well received by our therapy participants and is judged by them to be user friendly, accurate and reliable.

HCRI has released its new, web based FluencyNet™ system to our graduates. This powerful real-time speech monitoring system provides immediate, accurate measurement of ongoing fluency target use and plots the moment-by-moment results for easy interpretation. FluencyNet™ can be used at Home or in the office to evaluate fluency target use in real-life settings. For example, FluencyNet™ can be used during telephone calls, while in large business meetings and in one-on-one conversations. FluencyNet™ marks a new era in assistance to persons who stutter. Literally, now, objective help is available anywhere a web connection can be made.

Our Staff
HCRI’s staff consists of full-time clinicians, researchers and support personel who specialize in the treatment of stuttering and in research on stuttering. Clinical staff members hold advanced credentials and have extensive experience in working with all levels of stuttering severity. Click Here to meet our staff.

Applying To Hollins Communications Research institute
This special therapy is only available at HCRI in Roanoke, Virginia USA. If you would like to attend HCRI, call us at (540) 265-5650 to request an information packet and application. You can also Apply Online to the Institute.

Stuttering Therapy At HCRI

The Hollins Fluency System

A Stuttering Therapy About You!

HCRI’s therapy results are based directly upon our effectiveness in understanding what each individual brings to the therapy process. Our care in building a solid working relationship with each person, and careful instruction throughout the entire treatment program, give each person in therapy the best chance of learning and retaining fluency skills.

We know how important it is to give you our best effort. Only then will you give your best effort; and, we know from experience, best efforts yield winners.

Stuttering Therapy Program Overview

HCRI offers a unique on-site, 12-day therapy that emphasizes motor skill training and balanced attention to the cognitive and emotional aspects of stuttering. Our therapy is substantially different from other so-called “fluency shaping” or “combination” treatments or therapies you may have received in the past. HCRI utilizes a more focused set of procedures, more specific response details, and scientifically validated training methods. Our clients benefit when we combine these methods with technology and an incredible staff of professionals dedicated specifically to treating the problem of stuttering.

This proven therapy is called The Hollins Fluency System™, and provides treatment within a fixed time frame, at a fixed cost, with a known probability of a positive outcome. It is an intensive twelve-day program that uses specialized training procedures to facilitate the learning, retention and transfer into everyday life of fluency targets. Our systematic application of laboratory-derived principles of learning, along with the constant honing and validation of training sequences, provides our clients with fluency skills that can be retained in every day life, without the requirement of “carry-on” programs or post-therapy support groups.

Computer Technology

HCRI has also been a pioneer (since 1971) in using computers to strengthen and expand the processes of stuttering therapy. We have learned how to integrate computers into therapy in a manner that reinforces the learning and retention of fluency skills. Our emphasis on the physical measurement of fluency skills means that we can actually evaluate speech signals in real time and can then indicate to the speaker whether or not he attained the target behavior he was trying to produce. The specialized computers used in the Hollins Fluency System™ provide a strong boost to the learning, and more importantly, the long-term retention of fluent speech. We have found that the computer evaluation of speech is well received by our therapy participants and is judged by them to be user friendly, accurate and reliable.

HCRI has released its new, web based FluencyNet™ system to our graduates. This powerful real-time speech monitoring system provides immediate, accurate measurement of ongoing fluency target use and plots the moment-by-moment results for easy interpretation. FluencyNet™ can be used at Home or in the office to evaluate fluency target use in real-life settings. For example, FluencyNet™ can be used during telephone calls, while in large business meetings and in one-on-one conversations. FluencyNet™ marks a new era in assistance to persons who stutter. Literally, now, objective help is available anywhere a web connection can be made.

Our Staff

HCRI’s staff consists of full-time clinicians, researchers and support personel who specialize in the treatment of stuttering and in research on stuttering. Clinical staff members hold advanced credentials and have extensive experience in working with all levels of stuttering severity. Click Here to meet our staff.

Applying To Hollins Communications Research institute

This special therapy is only available at HCRI in Roanoke, Virginia USA. If you would like to attend HCRI, call us at (540) 265-5650 to request an information packet and application. You can also Apply Online to the Institute.

I’ve Often Thought What Life Would Be Like Without Receiving Treatment for My Stuttering

Thanks to excellent parents, I went through the HCRI program when I was ten and was the institute’s youngest participant. I’ve often thought what life would be like without receiving treatment for my stuttering.

Growing up with stuttering is devastating. I know others who have stuttered into adulthood and it makes their lives extraordinarily complicated. Whether we like it or not, people judge us by how we look and how we speak. It’s unfortunate, but that’s how things are.

Without stuttering therapy, it would be far more difficult to perform my job. I have daily interaction with co-workers and upper management. I can verbally communicate with anyone on any matter – with confidence.

With fluent speech, I am able to be highly productive and gain respect from people with whom I work. I would advise anyone with a stuttering condition to research all available options and get help. HCRI’s treatment program has made a remarkable difference.

Life is much better without stuttering.

Justin Thomas
Program Manager
US Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security

I Chose HCRI Because the Institute Specializes in the Treatment of Stuttering

My stuttering didn’t bother me when I was a child. Though, my parents arranged for me to participate in speech therapy while I was in school. It wasn’t until I went away to college that I became more self-conscious and concerned about the impact stuttering was having on my life.

I continually worried about my ability to communicate and would go to great lengths to avoid situations where I would have to speak to others. When I began interviewing for jobs as college graduation approached, my stuttering became even more pronounced. As a result, I went for some therapy at a nearby university and found it to be a turning point.

Going through the treatment process enabled me to be open and honest about my stuttering problem instead of pretending like it didn’t exist. My speech improved and I landed a job that I liked.

Yet, the results of my earlier treatment didn’t last. A few years later, my stuttering became more prominent and I decided to go through the HCRI program. I chose Hollins because the institute specializes in the treatment of stuttering — and not other types of speech issues. I found HCRI’s approach more advanced and sophisticated. It has made real difference in my life.

Patrick Donahay
Mechanical Engineer
US Air Force

People Thought It Was Strange That I Was Going Into a Communications Field as a Stutterer

I’ve struggled with stuttering since I was young. Over the years, I tried a variety of approaches to overcome my speech impediment, including a home-treatment course designed to promote fluency. While nothing helped my stuttering, I focused on my education and career aspirations to become a writer.

When I decided to go to graduate school and study journalism, people thought it was strange that I was going into a communications field as a stutterer. Even though I had difficulty conducting phone interviews, I successfully completed graduate school and landed a position as a reporter for a daily newspaper.

On the job, I noticed my stuttering was getting worse – especially when I was doing face-to-face interviews. It was obvious I was making people uncomfortable when I interviewed them. That’s when I realized I needed to take serious action to address my speech.

I researched different therapy programs and read about broadcast journalist John Stossel’s successful experience with HCRI. That’s what ultimately led me to attend the Hollins program.

After two-weeks of intensive therapy, I spoke beautifully. A few months later, I realized I needed to keep practicing the techniques I learned to maintain fluency. I started a practice group for stutterers that still meets regularly.

My work as a journalist continued to progress. On a daily basis, I comfortably interview people I’ve never met, have overcome my need for verbal cues, and speak fluently. I’m now working towards becoming an editor and extending my communication skills to supervise others.

Sean Adkins
Reporter
York Daily Reporter

I was Shy and Unsure of Myself Because of My Stuttering >>

As long as I can remember, I was shy and unsure of myself because of my stuttering. While academically successful in school, kids used to make fun of me because of my stuttering.

Sometimes my classmates were nasty and even brutal. My parents tried to help by taking me to psychologists and speech therapists. Yet, those professionals didn’t know how to treat stuttering and the therapy didn’t work.

When I was older, I got a job that required some interaction with people. I was so fearful of using the telephone that I would take the time to drive and meet with people in person rather than call them. Throughout my life, when I made phone calls, people would hang up on me because I couldn’t get my words out when they answered. It was so demeaning.

On the personal front, my dating life was terrible. Women weren’t interested in seeing me after the first date. I was convinced that I was going to be a life-long bachelor.

Then I heard about HCRI and went through the program. It changed my life. Finally I was able to talk fluently, have conversations on the phone, express myself, and look people in the eye during discussions. I gained self-confidence and felt good about myself.

With the stuttering therapy and ongoing practice, my life dramatically improved – professionally and personally. The job I have now and the positions I have held couldn’t have been possible without Hollins. Soon after attending the institute, I met my wife and we just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.

Larry Paul
Purchasing
Moog, Inc.

A College Professor Told Me That I Stuttered Because I had been Struck by Lightening

I grew up as a severe stutterer and always avoided situations where I would have to talk, including never wanting to use the phone. I was always aware of what other people thought and the many misconceptions that exist about stutterers.

Some people assumed I stuttered because of nerves. Others thought my speech issues were related to a mental condition or lack of intelligence. At one point, a college professor told me that he thought I stuttered because I had been struck by lightening.

While I saw a number of speech therapists, HCRI was the first therapy program that enabled me to get control of my speech. Finally, I could talk fluently. I was a freshman in college at the time and believe HCRI helped me open doors and go places in my life that I never thought possible.

Having fluent speech enabled me to more actively participate in my education, assume leadership roles, volunteer as a basketball coach, and help achieve my career aspirations.

What you learn at HCRI doesn’t last just a few weeks — it lasts forever.

Russell Weiser
CPA

Stuttering was a Major Handicap for Me Until the Age of 42 >>

Stuttering was a major handicap for me until the age of 42. It colored everything I did and stopped me from being able to do the things I wanted to do.

I didn’t go to college because I didn’t want to be in a classroom situation and speak around people whom I didn’t know. I didn’t seek out the type of jobs I wanted. Instead, I worked in the back-room of a bank where I didn’t have to talk with people.

I tried a number of treatment programs over the years that were recommended to me, including speech therapy, hypnosis, and psychiatric therapy. A doctor even cut the membrane under my tongue in hopes of stopping my stuttering. Nothing worked.

Then, I found out about HCRI. I went for treatment and, for the first time, was taught ways to make my speech more fluent. That’s when my life began to change.

As my speech improved, so did my confidence. I sought new jobs in different fields that enabled me to interface with the public. At one point, I even worked for a member of the New York Assembly, where I wrote and gave speeches on governmental and activist-related issues.

Now that I’m retired, I’ve written a play and am involved with a theatre group. I also volunteer my time to work at a hospital information desk. The HCRI therapy program changed my life and opened up new worlds to me.

William Schneider
Writer and Community Volunteer

I Had to do Something About My Stuttering. I Contacted HCRI >>

The tipping point that led me to HCRI occurred on Christmas Eve 1992 when my ambulance crew was dispatched to a residence for a gentleman in cardiac arrest.

We arrived on scene and immediately began advanced resuscitative measures. Since our location was perfectly situated between three hospitals, I asked the distraught spouse to which hospital she would like her husband transported. She looked at me in disbelief, having not processed the gravity of the situation, and asked why her husband must go to a hospital.

Behind me the team was simultaneously shocking the patient and preparing to intubate him. There was equipment everywhere, flashing lights shining in the window, a stretcher being clumsily dropped to floor level, and syringe wrappers scattered about.

I attempted to explain that her husband needed continued treatment in an emergency room setting, but when I tried to talk no words came out.

In this moment of extreme crisis I couldn’t speak. So I did the only thing I could think of in that situation. I stepped to the side and made a “ta-daaa…” motion with my hands at the scene behind me. (I pray this woman has forgiven me.)

Right then and there I knew I could not wait any longer. I had to do something about my stuttering. I contacted HCRI and went through the stuttering therapy program. I can now communicate effectively and speak fluently. I am so grateful to the people at HCRI.

Jim Jenkins
Nursing Student
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing

Avoiding Interaction with People Because I Stutter

I spent my life avoiding new situations where I would have to interact with people. I wouldn’t go to new restaurants because I didn’t want to be faced with trying to say my order to the waiter. The small things that people take for granted – like talking on the telephone or answering questions — were hard for me because of my stuttering.

My speech not only inhibited my social life, it caused difficulties and embarrassment in my work as a trial court officer and when I helped with my family’s funeral home business.

I attended HCRI when I was young and didn’t keep up with the program or take it seriously. As I got older, I experienced even more difficulty with stuttering and decided to go back and attend the Hollins program again. This time I was more mature, applied the techniques I learned, and saw results. There was close to a 100 percent improvement in my communication.

The therapists at the institute worked with me one-on-one and made sure I fully understood what they were teaching. It was incredible how much time they spent with me. They wanted to ensure I fully understood what to do and why I needed to do it. While I still have my moments, my speech is more controllable now than it was before. Communicating is much easier and better. I am comfortable introducing myself, answering questions, and speaking in public. With HCRI, there’s a lot to it. You only get out of it what you put into it. I would recommend the program to everyone. Life for me has improved greatly.

Joe Szulewski
Massachusetts Trial Court Officer