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International Stuttering Awareness Day: Did I miss it?

NO!  You didn't "miss it!" Don't think of ISAD as a "day." Think of it as an opportunity to make a difference - no matter what the calendar says! 

In the stuttering community, we take the whole week (truthfully the month of October) to spread awareness about stuttering! [Then we will do the same thing in May.]

So, if you haven't had the chance to "plan something" to celebrate 2018

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Students who Stutter: How can teachers help?

Following a recent professional development for SLPs, I was asked, “What can teachers do to help students who stutter?”

The answer to this question can vary depending on the age of the child who stutters, but I would like to provide a few general thoughts that help teachers of students of any age.

In brief, teachers can help students who stutter by:

  • Providing a classroom atmosphere of acceptance of all
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Answering SUMMIT questions

Welcome SUMMIT participants! I want to thank you for all your entusiasm and desire to learn more about stuttering during the SLP Summit, August 2018. There was an overwhelming response to my preesntation-both during the live session and during the weeks of replay opportunities! 

School has begun, and I am back at my desk feverishly trying to answer emails, Q & A questions and other requests. So many of you

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What does "homework" for school-age stuttering therapy look like?

Many SLPs provide practice opportunities for children with articulation disorders. Some provide home activities for social and general language skills. However, most SLPs report that they do not create carryover activities for children who stutter-because they do not always know what to do and how to help children move their skills into real-life communication situations.

Because we believe that effective real-world communication is an overarching goal for stuttering therapy, we

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The Top 3 Myths About Stuttering

As professionals who work with people who stutter, we realize that stuttering is one of the most misunderstood communication disorders. For example, how many times have you heard the any of the following comments?

  • “I hear stuttering is caused by (insert outdated or misleading cause here).”
  • “Oh, you work with stuttering? I stutter sometimes too!”
  • “If he just slows down his talking, then he won’t stutter.”

Most people who do not

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Why no "continuous phonation?"

As many of you know, we are continuing to post “how to” videos for teaching speech handling strategies to children and adolescents who stutter. These videos complement discussions of speech strategies in our clinical manual, School Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide. Recently, we posted our newest video (find our pausing/phrasing video here), and subsequently received a Facebook request from a SLP for a video highlighting the

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