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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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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  • “I hear stuttering is caused by (insert outdated or misleading cause here).”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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Connect ALL of your clients who stutter with self-help/support groups!

Imagine a place where people who stutter can come together and share their experiences in coping with stuttering, celebrate their successes, gain support in facing their challenges, and simply not have to worry about whether other people will listen to them when they talk.

Now imagine an event where more than 800 people who stutter (including both adults and children), family members, and speech-language pathologists dedicated to stuttering can all work

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Is it “stutterer” or “child who stutters?” What about “CWS?”

Today’s blog entry is adapted from School-Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide (Reardon-Reeves & Yaruss, 2013, p. 9).

Many of us have wondered whether we should refer to our students as stutterers or as children who stutter.

Clinicians from many professions struggle with the appropriate use of “person-first” language to highlight the value of the person, rather than focus on the person’s problem. The issue can evoke strong emotions

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What if my child doesn't recover?

One of the more common questions that clinicians are asked by parents of young children who stutter is, “What will happen if my child doesn’t recover?”

It is clear from the research that the likelihood of a complete recovery from stuttering behavior diminishes significantly the longer a child stutters. Recovery from the behavior after approximately age 7 (ish, or so) is less likely. This does not mean it's impossible, but

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Is stuttering neurological?

One of the more common question I receive from clinicians and parents is simply this: “Is stuttering neurological?”

Answering this question directly and clearly is important, not only because it is valuable for people to have an accurate understanding of what stuttering is (and what it is not) but also because we want to address the underlying anxiety that the question may convey. When parents and others ask if stuttering is

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