Hollins Communications Research Institute’s (HCRI) next-generation stuttering treatment program, Hollins Fluency Program: Advanced Speech Reconstruction for Stuttering™, has produced outstanding fluency outcomes among clients and proven effective across a full range of stuttering types and conditions.
Ninety-three percent of clients acquire fluent speech by the end of treatment and 70 to 75 percent maintain fluency for a lifetime. These numbers are among the highest in the industry for stuttering therapy.
HCRI’s 12-day, intensive stuttering treatment program is administered in groups of ten at a time by specially trained clinicians who are experts in stuttering. Treatment is highly individualized and conducted in Roanoke, Virginia at the Institute’s headquarters.
During stuttering therapy, clients are taught with precision how to re-train and manage speech muscles that jump out of control with stuttering. As a result, people who stutter achieve new abilities to speak smoothly and spontaneously. Moreover, they are in full control of their speech for the first time in their lives.
The Hollins Fluency Program is a behavioral type of stuttering therapy, designed to address the physical cause of the disorder. HCRI researchers have dispelled common theories that stuttering is caused by emotional or mental issues. The Institute’s scientific studies have consistently shown that stuttering is a physical condition produced by faulty muscle behaviors.
To address the core of the problem, HCRI pioneered physcally based stuttering therapy in the early 1970s. Over the years, the Institute’s treatment program has been continually tested and refined, based on research with thousands of people who stutter ranging in age from 10 to 73.
The use of computers and advanced technologies have also been incorporated into the therapy process to make fluency learning easier for clients and help them retain fluent speech for a lifetime. In addition, HCRI utilizes highly sophisticated measurement and performance tracking tools that offer customized treatment and evaluation of each client’s progress in therapy.
For those who need extra assistance post-therapy to retain fluency skills, HCRI offers a comprehensive package of support tools that includes clinician follow-up, a computer-based practice program, refresher training courses, annual client reunions, and coordination of phone and in-person practice groups across the country.
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 501 (c) (3) nonprofit institute is unique from other stuttering organizations in that work focuses on developing scientifically based treatment methods, as well as administering stuttering therapy.
HCRI offers 17 stuttering therapy programs annually and has treated 6,000 people from across the U.S. and 23 other countries. Clients include John Stossel of Fox News; Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons; and Annie Glenn, wife of Senator and Astronaut John Glenn.