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Dr. Cross is a faculty member in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Ithaca College. Teaching responsibilities include supervising students in training at the Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Center. His area of clinical specialization is evaluation and treatment of fluency and voice disorders in children, adolescents, and adults.
Dr. Cross' fluency treatment program is based on a "systems" model which emphasizes the importance of how thoughts, emotions, fluid movement, and effective adjustment strategies interact in effective and natural communication. Focus of attention is placed on enhancing the feeling of "fluid" speech movement and making natural and effective adjustments to disruptions. Developing the ability to attend to and shape natural and fluid speech under conditions of performance stress are principle components of the treatment program. The concept of communication "success" is multidimensional and often varies among clients, depending on their particular communication patterns and needs.