The Center for Children Who Stutter was founded in 1995 by Drs. Glyndon Riley, Jeanna Riley, Robert Emry and Elizabeth Mechling--working with the faculty and graduate students in Communicative Disorders along with community leader Ira Zimmerman.
Ira Zimmerman was among the earliest advocates for people who stutter and to see the possibility of a center devoted to children who stutter. To that end, Ira served as chair of the interim Board of Directors.
Together, the Rileys have a combination of more than 60 years of stuttering research, teaching and clinical experience. This experience provided the theoretical and clinical base for the Center. Additionally, the Rileys have been honored with the prestigious Malcom Fraser Award for Clinical Excellence, one of the highest honors in the field of fluency.
Students and speech-language pathologists at the regional and national levels benefit from the Center's services through conferences, workshops, residential programs, and instructional media.
Using the latest research findings available, the Center provides expertise in stuttering diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and community education.
The Center is funded by fees for services (based on ability to pay), personal and corporate contributions, and fundraising. The majority of children at the Center are on scholarships.
The Center for Children Who Stutter accepts donations at any time. All scholarship money given to the Center is used to provide assessment and therapy for children and their family support groups.