Neurogenic Stuttering: Successful Case Studies

Saturday, May 4, 2019

12:00pm - 3:00pm

Alpharetta City Library

10 Park Plaza

Alpharetta, GA 30009

Course Description:

The sudden onset of stuttering following a neurological event can be devastating to the patient and the family. The pws can quickly develop negative emotions and thoughts associated with their speech impediment. An integration of behavioral speech control techniques and cognitive therapy is often necessary to make significant and lasting improvements. This course will include video of therapy in action, demonstration of techniques, and live testimony from two adults recovering from neurogenic stuttering. 2.5 hours of ASHA CEU will be offered for this course.   It is free to participants. This course is sponsored by Raise Your Voice, Inc.- a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to advocacy for stuttering. A special thanks to The Stuttering Foundation of America for serving as co-op for ASHA CEU.


Seating is limited. Reserve your seat by registering online at

Learning Objectives:

1)      Identify 3 common cognitive distortions that result from sudden onset stuttering

2)      List 3 speech production steps in a hierarchy from phoneme production to carrier phrases

3)      Identify 2 ways to utilize phrasing to increase fluency

Time-Ordered Agenda:

12:00- 12:10    Introduction with overview of today’s agenda and learning objectives

12:10-12:20     Introductions to our guest speakers who are recovering from neurogenic stuttering

12:20-12:50     Neuroimaging and diagnostics of TBI and concussion-   Dr. Tom Burns, PsyD

12:50-1:05       Break

1:05-1:30         1st guest speaker and course of treatment – lecture and video

1:30-2:00         2nd guest speaker and course of treatment – lecture and video

2:00-2:20         Fluency shaping and stuttering modification adapted for neurogenic stuttering

2:20-2:45         CBT for neurogenic stuttering

2:45-2:55         Panel discussion with guest speakers

2:55-3:00         Closing statements and farewell

This course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Tim Mackesey: None         Thomas Burns: None


Tim Mackesey: None          Thomas Burns: None

Your Presenters:
Tim Mackesey

Tim Mackesey, CCC-SLP, BCS-F has a full-time private practice dedicated to stuttering. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders and a Specialist Mentor per ASHA. Tim had a severe stutter well into his 20’s.  He has been an SLP since 1992.  Tim taught the graduate-level Fluency Disorders course at Georgia State University. Tim is a past president of Georgia Speech and Hearing Association.  He is a Master Practitioner of NLP and Neurosemantics.  He integrates leading-edge CBT into stuttering therapy.  Tim has published several articles in peer-reviewed professional journals.    

Tom Burns

Thomas G. Burns, Psy.D., ABPP is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Emory University School of Medicine.  He is also the Practice Director of Neuropsychology and Chief of the Psychology Section at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  He also has been in private practice for over 23 years at Peachtree Neuropsychological Associates, PC.  Dr. Burns received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in the Biological Basis of Behavior.  He went on to obtain his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia.  Specialty training in Neuropsychology was completed at the Medical College of Pennsylvania & St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  Following completion of a postdoctoral residency at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Dr. Burns was licensed as a Psychologist in Georgia in 1996.  He is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) within the specialty of Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology.  He is also a board certified subspecialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology.  Over the years, Dr. Burns has pursued research and clinical interests involving neuropsychological evaluations for patients diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, concussion,congenital heart disease, neurosurgical intervention, and birth trauma. He is the Medical Director of Concussion research at Children’s.  Dr. Burns is married and has four daughters, living in Atlanta, GA for the past 30 years.

This course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
This course is offered for 0.25 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).