About the presenter: Marilee Fini, CCC/SLP is a speech-language pathologist in Cleveland, OH running her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy (www.mlf-speech-therapy.com). She graduated from John Carroll University with a B.A. in Communications in 1991 and from Kent State University in 1993 with an M.A. in Speech Pathology. Marilee regularly speaks on the subject of stuttering throughout the U.S., shedding a unique light on the subject since she has spent most of her life dealing with her own stuttering.
You can post Questions/comments about the following paper to the author before October 22, 2010.
Flip Side of Stuttering: An Activity for Working on Negative Emotions
by Marilee Fini
from Ohio, USA
There is a flip side of stuttering that leads us to freedom in speaking. Similar to turning pancakes on a griddle, we need to flip STUTTERING over in order to discover the truth. Often times we experience only 1 side of our stuttering which results in getting burned on 1 side and remaining stuck in negative thoughts. When we see the flip side of stuttering, we concentrate on our strengths, face our fears and uncover our true potential.
- Have child or teen make their own pancake
- Make one side BURNED and have them list their negative thoughts about stuttering
A. I can't do that, I stutter.
B. I can't talk.
C. People will think I am stupid because I stutter.
D. It will never get better.
- Discuss the feelings related to the burned side
You can ask, "What do you feel when you are concentrating on the burned side?"
- Brainstorm what they would need in order to FLIP STUTTERING OVER
B. Willingness to take a risk
- Make a LIGHTLY BROWN side of stuttering on the opposite side of the
pancake and identify thoughts that go along with that.
A. I can do this with help.
B. I can talk but sometimes it is bumpy.
C. They may think I am stupid but that's their journey, not MINE.
D. It can get better if I am open.
Now that you flipped stuttering over, what are you going to do?
A. Acknowledge stuttering to someone you have not done so in the past
B. Give a presentation
C. Make that phone call that you always wanted to make
You can post Questions/comments about the above paper to the authors before October 22, 20010.
SUBMITTED: August 15, 2010
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