Preschool-Aged Children

Preschool (ages 2-5) stuttering therapy is designed for children who are experiencing disruptions in their speech and have risk factors for continued stuttering. Therapy usually begins with parent education and training in communication styles, and will be adjusted to meet the specific needs of each child and his or her family. Consultation with preschool educators or any significant others in the child’s communication environment will also be a part of the therapy process. The treatment program includes both indirect and direct therapy approaches with a strong parent training/counseling component.

School-Aged Children

School-aged (ages 5-13) stuttering therapy is for children who stutter. Therapy involves education regarding stuttering as well as training in speech management strategies. Therapy also emphasizes the support of a child’s self-esteem and confidence as he or she learns to cope with and handle stuttering in everyday life.

Adolescent & Adult Stuttering Therapy

Adolescents and adults who stutter may bring to therapy specific challenges that they face as they deal with communication in their everyday lives. Therapy with adolescents and adults involves education about stuttering and speech management strategies. It also involves a diverse range of activities to support the self-esteem and confidence of the person who stutters.

Group Therapy

Elena offers small group therapy to people of all ages. Group work helps support each individual by creating an environment to discuss one’s feelings and beliefs about stuttering, engage in ‘real world’ activities and feel part of a supportive community rather than alone with their stuttering.

Consultative Services

Consultations are available and are individualized to each client’s request. Elena is available for consultations with school districts, hospitals, regional special education service districts, other professionals and individual cases.

General Speech-Language Services

Elena also provides therapy for children, adolescents and adults with speech articulation disorders and voice disorders.

Workshops

Elena has extensive experience in conducting workshops, seminars, and in-service training for professional groups. She works with groups to tailor content and format to meet their specific needs.