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Why don't we write goals about fluency? Round 2

Recently, I presented a podcourse for Speech Therapy PD where I boldly stated that SLPs need to be moving away from writing goals for percentages of fluent speech. This is not a new concept, nor am I the only professional saying this out loud! Following this comment, one SLP Facebook group had a lively discussion about my quote. STR's Scott Yaruss has already posted a blog (see below) on this subject: 

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What Do I Do When...???

What do I do when…
“His teacher doesn’t notice, and he doesn’t seem to be bothered?”

This is a question I received recently - and one those of us who specialize in the area of fluency disorders receive (in various versions) all the time.

Before I launch into trying to answer this inquiry, let me first unpack the question as it is presented. Truly, there are at least two layers

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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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Stuttering on the holidays

Sitting here on a lovely, snowy, Christmas morning in Michigan thinking about all of the excitement that goes with the holidays...

As wonderful as this is, it can sometimes cause some stress for parents, who may worry when they see their children stuttering more when they get worked up. We can help parents through this time by reminding them that this is normal and expected--and that their child's joy during

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