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Nicholas J. Caruso III, M.S., CCC-SLP
Virtual Programs Co-Coordinator

 

Nick decided to pursue a career in speech-language pathology after watching The King’s Speech. As a person who stutters himself, this film brought his attention to the potential impact his experience could leave on others. As he progressed through his education, he realized how unique stuttering is to every individual and was motivated to seek out a specialized way of doing this work.

 

Nick received a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove Illinois. In addition to the Chmela Fluency Center, Nick has experience working in an Autism center, and a multidisciplinary classroom setting. His clinical experience includes fluency disorders, phonological and articulation disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, aphasia, and AAC. At Midwestern, he served as Vice President of his class and served as a voice for the program in the College of Health Sciences. Also during his graduate experience, he presented at the Illinois Speech-Language and Hearing Association State concern regarding research in the effectiveness of group therapy in aphasia.

 

Nick also attended Camp Shout Out, both in person and virtually, and serves as a co-lead for Camp Shout Out Community Connections, a monthly virtual gathering experience for youth who stutter (alongside Kyle Pelkey M.S., CCC-SLP). Nick presented with Dr. Erik Raj at the Czech Republic Logopedics Online Conference for International Stuttering Awareness Day, regarding the effectiveness of technology and voice games in stuttering therapy. Nick is thankful for his mentors in the area of fluency: Kimberly Hoffer, Kristin Chmela, and Erik Raj for guiding him on his path to becoming a Board Certified Specialist, and an overall better clinician. Nick enjoys film, soccer, the Chicago Cubs, and spending time with family and friends.