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Workshop 1: Mini-KIDS

Stuttering modification for young children: Mini-KIDS

Veerle Waelkens graduated in 1989 and specialized in two domains: fluency disorders and childhood apraxia of speech. She has been working in a multidisciplinary center for 16 years and since 2005 in her own private practice. Many clients have nourished her passion and clinical reasoning. Through teaching at Artevelde University of Applied Sciences and as a staff member of the European Clinical Specialization Course on Fluency Disorders (and European fluency specialist), she can share this passion with others.

Peter Schneider graduated as a primary school teacher and a speech language therapist. Between 1990 and 2019 he lectured at the School of Logopedics at the Uniklinik of the RWTH Aachen, where he specialized for childhood stuttering, treated clients and supervised students treating stuttering children. Together with Patricia Sandrieser he developed the Stuttering Modification approach KIDS and Mini-KIDS. He is a staff member of the European Clinical Specialization Course on Fluency Disorders, and wrote on stuttering for specialists, stuttering children and their parents.  

Children between 2 and 6 years learn mainly from models in their environment. Parents are crucial in this process.  The key aspect of Mini-KIDS is to provide a model for functional coping with loss of control during speech. The loss of control during stuttering events can lead to a vicious circle of effort, tension and shame, even in very young children who stutter. Mini-KIDS as a treatment approach, involves direct intervention towards the stuttering moments and the coping strategies for the child and the environment. This stuttering modification treatment is derived from Van Riper's (1972, 1973) and Dell's (C. W. Dell, 1979, 1993, 2001) approach by Dr. Phil. Sandrieser Patricia and Schneider Peter (4th edition, 2015). This treatment takes into account the learning strategies of young stuttering children and is illustrated and specified in "Mini-KIDS Direct treatment for young children who stutter (2-6 years) by Veerle Waelkens in 2018.

Goals & outcome:
The workshop provides knowledge about this treatment and aims at several competencies for each participant on following topics:
-Knowledge of the theoretical reference frame for Mini-KIDS
-Knowledge of and skills in clinical reasoning about assessment data necessary to make clinical decisions about indication for therapy with Mini-KIDS (What assessment is necessary? When is Mini-KIDS indicated?)
-Comparative reflection about ‘general' and ‘specific' assessment procedures and link them to the reference framework of Mini-KIDS.
-Knowledge about goals of mini-KIDS.
-Knowledge and skills in counseling parents about Mini-KIDS (How to inform, motivate and involve parents in the treatment process?).
-Knowledge and skills of the methods, procedures and techniques used in this treatment approach (What are the main techniques for young children to enable voluntary control or modification of their stuttered speech? What are the phases in this approach? How can these techniques and effects of each phase be established in everyday life? What are the limitations of Mini-KIDS?)
These competencies will be achieved by means of lecture, video fragments, exercises, role-plays and discussion.

-Intro to the reference frame for Mini-KIDS
-Required assessment data to derive indication for therapy with Mini-KIDS
-Comparison with ‘general' assessment procedures
-Assessment procedures exercises (2-4/4-6 years)
-How to derive treatment plan and treatment indication?
-General reference frame for Mini-KIDS: cont. + elaborated
-Goals of Mini-KIDS and limitations of Mini-KIDS
-General techniques for work according to Mini-KIDS
-Introduction of cases (4-6y/ 2-4y)
-Working with the group 2-4 y
-Working with the group 4-6 y
-Closing discussions

This workshop takes place on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, February 12, 13 & 14th 2020: 9am-5pm. 

Thomas More University College 
Campus Sint Andries
Sint Andriesstraat 2
2000 Antwerp, Belgium

240 EUR, handouts, lunch, coffee/tea breaks included.

Registration: see registration page
Max 25 participants.