by Dieudonne Nsabimana. Coordinator of the African Stuttering Centre
There are only 2 Speech-language Pathologists (SLPs) in Rwanda for a population of over 11 million people. Using the universally accepted incidence rates of stuttering (1 percent of the population), there are 110.000 people who stutter in Rwanda, resulting in an estimate of 1 SLP for 55.000 people who stutter. Clearly access to treatment for stuttering is not available to all who need it.
The application of telehealth technologies offers effective solutions to this challenge. Distance Stuttering Therapy Program Africa (DSTPA) has been developed in Rwanda to deal with this shortfall.
Read more: Lesson from Rwanda: Using Technology to Provide Access to Therapy
You are invited to participate in a thesis study entitled “Self-efficacy and self-stigma variance between Speech Language Pathologists who stutter (SLPs-WS) and do not stutter (SLPs-WDS) toward their clinical service provision” conducted by Kodai Noguchi, in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire under the supervision of Abby Hemmerich, PhD., CCC-SLP. The primary purpose of this study is to document self-efficacy and self-stigma of SLPs-WS and SLPs-WDS related to clinical service provision. Currently limited information is available regarding clinical self-efficacy for SLPs.
Read more: Invitation to Participate in Thesis Study of SLPs