Stuttering Therapy: HCRI’s Key Points of Distinction

As you consider your options for stuttering therapy, we hope you will closely examine HCRI’s systematic approach to fluency training and the passion for excellence that infuses our work.  You will find:

  • We believe that the highest purpose in our work with stuttering is to develop and to free human potential.
  • We believe fundamental success in the treatment of stuttering requires a well-grounded emphasis on empiracal analysis of the events that compromise this disorder.
  • We believe that our physically based speech reconstruction program represents the most powerful method for enhancing fuency and for simultaneously reducing the psychological burdens of stuttering.

Following are HCRI’s key points of distinction regarding our work and our stuttering therapy program.

Pioneers in Stuttering Therapy

HCRI was the first to demonstrate that stuttering is physically based and introduced behavioral stuttering treatment more than 35 years ago. Since that time, our researchers have continually tested and refined our therapy to deliver one of the most advanced, results-based stuttering treatment programs in the world.

World-Class Clinical Quality

HCRI’s behavioral stuttering treatment is comprehensive, systematic, and quality-controlled to maximize fluency outcomes. Our expert clinicians administer therapy with precision and care. Moreover, our proprietary treatment tools and technology help make your fluency learning easier and long lasting.

Therapy that Transforms Lives

HCRI’s stuttering treatment program has enhanced the lives of thousands of people who stutter. Research shows 93% of clients acquire fluent speech in 12 days and 70-75% retain fluency for the long term. Now, let us help you open new doors of opportunity that come with fluent speech.

Ongoing Therapy Innovation

HCRI is unique in that work focuses on conducting objective research and developing new treatment methods, as well as administering therapy. Our findings drive continual improvements to the therapy process, increasing the sophistication, practicality, and probability of personal success in treatment.

Exceptionally Skilled Clinicians

HCRI clinicians treat more people who stutter in one year than most speech professionals treat in a lifetime. Extensively trained and compassionate, our therapists are uniquely qualified to guide you on the path to fluency during treatment – and are always available by phone once you return home.

Breadth and Depth of Experience

Nearly 6,000 people from 48 countries have come to HCRI for stuttering therapy. We have served people from 10 to 73 years of age and treated a full range of stuttering types and severities. This means we almost certainly have successfully treated stuttering conditions similar to yours.

Sophisticated Treatment Technology

HCRI is a leader in therapy innovation by continually developing new technologies that make the therapy process more powerful, interesting, and effective. Our proprietary tools make it easier for you to acquire new speech skills and track your fluency progress throughout treatment.

Comprehensive, Ongoing Support

At HCRI, we are your partner in fluency for life. We’re here for you every step of the way during the treatment process, as well as when you return home. Our comprehensive package of post-therapy support tools, resources, and services are designed to help you maintain fluency for a lifetime.

We encourage you to review the information about our treatment program on this website to learn more about our approach to therapy and the results our clients achieve.  We work diligently to make therapy objective, understandable, and focused on specific, learnable skills that generate fluency.

To contact HCRI, call 540-265-5650 or send an email to: .  We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about your fluency goals and answer any questions you have about our approach to fluency training.

New, Advanced Therapy Program Helps People Who Stutter Acquire Fluent Speech >>

Hollins Communications Research Institute Forges New Ground in the Treatment of Stuttering

Scientists at Hollins Communications Research Institute (HCRI), a non-profit research and clinical center ( specializing in the physically based treatment of stuttering, have developed a new stuttering therapy with advanced behavioral, electronic and computer technologies that significantly improve the ease of learning and retaining fluent speech.

An estimated 66 million people worldwide suffer from the effects of stuttering, with three million living in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health.  Stuttering occurs when speech muscles inappropriately contract and “jump out of control” with too much force and abruptness during attempts to speak. Markers of stuttering include repetitions of sounds, syllables and words; prolongations of first sounds in syllables; and voice blockage when trying to talk.  The condition can impair social growth, hinder education and career aspirations, and produce emotional scars that may last a lifetime.

HCRI’s new stuttering therapy, Hollins Fluency Program: Advanced Speech Reconstruction for StutteringTM  (HFP), helps people who stutter learn how to replace faulty muscle contractions that cause stuttering with new muscle behaviors that generate fluent speech.  By literally “reconstructing” muscle actions that drive movements of the tongue, lips, jaw, vocal folds, and breathing mechanisms, individuals who stutter can acquire and sustain the ability to speak fluently.

Effective across a wide range of stuttering types and severities, HFP represents a meaningful alternative to existing treatments, according to HCRI Founder and President Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D..  “Many stuttering therapies require long-term participation (a year or longer), are presented by clinicians who have little direct experience with stuttering, and typically yield unreliable results,” said Webster.  “In addition, fluency enhancing devices that have garnered media attention, such as the FluencyMaster and SpeechEasy, help with only about 25% of stuttering cases,” he added.

Conversely, Webster reports that 93% of HCRI clients master fluent speech by the end of the 12-day intensive therapy program.  Researchers developed HFP after studying and treating more than 5,500 people who stutter, ranging in age from 10 to 73. This third generation HCRI therapy incorporates new knowledge of muscle movements that actively generate fluent speech for each sound class in language and features additional treatment innovations including:

  • Enhanced computer-based training techniques that make it easier for clients to understand, learn and maintain details of muscle movements that produce fluent speech;
  • An acoustically based biofeedback system that measures speech muscle use in real time and signals clients whether or not they are using their muscles correctly;
  • A virtual transfer module that facilitates the transition from fluency skill use in the clinic to fluency skill use in daily life; and
  • Sophisticated performance tracking tools that determine therapy progression and individualized support needs.

Future Potential for Global Treatment Access

HFP was built on a web-based platform and offers the potential to deliver quality controlled stuttering therapy on a 24/7 basis to anyone in the world with internet access.  During the next two years, HCRI plans to develop remote therapy administration over the web and partner with health systems of countries where quality stuttering treatment is needed.

“The fact that we will be able to present stuttering therapy virtually any where over the internet means that barriers to treatment availability might be reduced or eliminated,” said Webster.  “There are many places in the world where stuttering treatment is non-existent.  Our new program could address this problem and help many who stutter to acquire fluent speech – a gift most people take for granted.”

About HCRI

Hollins Communications Research Institute (, founded in 1972 by Ronald L. Webster, Ph.D., has grown into a world-leading center for the investigation and treatment of stuttering.  The non-profit institute is unique from other stuttering organizations in that work focuses on developing scientifically based treatment methods, as well as administering stuttering therapy.

HCRI clients include John Stossel of ABC TV’s 20/20 program; Arthur Blank, cofounder of Home Depot; and Annie Glenn, wife of senator and astronaut John Glenn. HCRI is located at 7851 Enon Drive, Roanoke, Virginia, 24019. Contact HCRI at or 540-265-5650. For video speech samples and more information, visit .