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Camp Dream.Speak.Live at University of South Alabama

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Camp Dream.Speak.Live to Mobile, Alabama this summer!


Our camp is dedicated to providing a supportive and empowering environment for school-age children who stutter (ages 8 to 17). 

Through a blend of fun activities, we aim to help every child build confidence in their communication skills. 

Stay tuned for more details on how your child can join us for an unforgettable experience of growth and friendship. 

Dates: July 15-19, 2024

Time: 8am - 2pm

Location: Health and Science Building, University of South Alabama

Fee: The registration fee for all participants will be generously covered by the Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Education and Research. 

If you are interested in attending, please register usin the following link or QR code:




2023 ASHA presentation

ASHA presentation

Dr. Choi and her collaborators (Drs. Victoria Tumonova and Katerina Ntourou presented at ASHA2023. Their presentation title is "The Role of Bottom-up and Top-down Processes in the Development and Treatment of Childhood Stuttering".
ASHA presentation with Korean faculty

Dr. Choi and her collaborators (Drs. Hyejin Park, Jee Eun Sung, Sujin Shin, Yu-kyung Choe, Sojung Kim, & HyeKyeung Seung) presented at ASHA2023. Thier presentation title is "Opportunities and Challenges in First-Generation Immigrant Clinicians and Researchers."


  • Dr. Choi and Croline Locke presented a virtual technical session at ASHA 2023 titled "Measurement of Secondary Behaviors: Challenges and Solutions."

Invited Talk

  • Dr. Choi and her colleagues were invited to talk about behavioral inhibition and its clinical implications at the Michael Palin Centre in UK in Feb., 2024.
  • Dr. Choi presented about a camp for children who stutter at the International Stuttering Awareness Day Workshop hosted by the Korean Social Cooperative: Walk with Stuttering, Seoul, South Korea in October, 2023.
  • Dr. Choi was invited to talk about USA Camp Connect by Korea Altrusa, Seoul, South Korea in November, 2023.

2023 USA Camp Connect


The USA Developmental Stuttering Lab hosted the USA Camp Connect for children who stutter ages 8 to 16 in July, 2023.  Below are some comments we received from the parents.  Thank you for your participation and see you all next year!

•“[My child] came home excited each day after camp. I just hope the camp continues being offered as a support system for kids who stutter.”

•“He stated that it is okay to be different and he is speaking a lot more.”

•“Thank you for inviting him. At the beginning, he was very hesitant about going but at the end he was very happy. Getting to know people his age under similar challenges is very helpful.”
•“As a person who stutters, I was excited to see an opportunity for [my child] to build friendships and a support system with other kids. I know this experience will help her continue being confident in using her voice.”
•“Great experience. Please keep doing this program.”

•“This was a great experience for my child and [it] has helped him gain confidence and see that there are other children out there going through the same thing.”

Previous Presentations and Thesis/SURF projects with Students


Caroline Locke, a virtual technical session at 2023 ASHA, "Measurement of Secondary Behaviors: Challenges and Solutions", Boston, MA



Alana Frost, thesis, "The Relationship Between Behavioral Inhibition and Secondary Behaviors in Children Who Stutter."

Jennifer Akers, Poster presentation at ASHA, "Temperament ans a Risk or Protective Factor for Stuttering." Selected as a podium presenter for Undergraduate Research Symposium

Jodie Manual, Poster presentation at ASHA, "Loci of Stuttering in Children and Adults Who Stutter."



Mallory Brock, poster presentation at 2021 ASHA, "Associations between Parental Attitude toward Stuttering and their Reports on their Child's Emotions toward Speech."

Jennifer Akers, SURF project, "Temperament ans a Risk or Protective Factor for Stuttering." Selected as a podium presenter for Undergraduate Research Symposium

Jodie Manual, SURF project, "Loci of Stuttering in Children and Adults Who Stutter."



Mallory Brock, SURF project, "Factors Associated with Communication Attitudes of Young Children Who Stutter."

Anna Sansing, SURF Project, "Attitudes toward Child's Fluency and General Problems in Parents of Children Who Do and Do Not Stutter."

Katie Maher, thesis, "Young Children's Temperament and Awareness of Stuttering."



Laura Hurd, thesis, "Phonological Awareness and Awareness of Stuttering."

Laura Hurd, poster presentation at 2019 ASHA, "An Investigation into the Relationship between Phonological Awareness and Awareness of Stuttering."