"My Sixth Grade Classroom presentation About 
Stuttering
From: Christine Badgett -Richards
Date: 01 Oct 2004
Time: 15:51:47 -0500
Remote Name: 213.48.181.57
Comments
Hi Joanie and Autumn, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your paper. 
Autumn, you must have put alot of work into preparing for your presentation, and it 
sounds like you taught your class alot about stuttering. Your choosing to speak to your 
class about stuttering, even when you knew it might be a bit scary at first,has not only 
helped you, but will also help any other people who stutter whom your classmates may 
meet in the future. You may have even prevented another child from being teased or 
bullied.Congratulations to both of you on your great class presentation and paper. Best 
wishes, Chris Badgett-Richards 

Re: "My Sixth Grade Classroom presentation About 
Stuttering
From: Joanie Cahalan
Date: 12 Oct 2004
Time: 22:56:39 -0500
Remote Name: 68.13.56.93
Comments
Thank you so much Christine. Autumn was a treasure to work with! I will certainly relay 
your message to her, and hopefully she can respond soon. Regards, Joanie
Good for you!

From: Louis Roden
Date: 03 Oct 2004
Time: 12:45:47 -0500
Remote Name: 64.203.62.167
Comments
Autumn! Congratulations on your presentation to your class! It was very courageous...I 
am so glad that you were able to make your classmates understand what stuttering was 
and how it affects you. You're the best!

My Sixth-Grade Classroom Presentation on Stuttering
From: Lindsay Gordon
Date: 04 Oct 2004
Time: 14:30:23 -0500
Remote Name: 69.24.168.147
Comments
I feel this article serves as a great educational tool for elementary schools. This 
presentation allowed Autumn to express her feelings about how her stuttering makes her 
feel and also how others reactions to her stuttering makes her feel. It also served as 
education in stuttering for Autumn's fellow classmates and teachers. By having Autumn 
who is a stutterer present this information it makes it more personal. 

Presentation on Stuttering
From: Renae Christenson
Date: 04 Oct 2004
Time: 20:00:12 -0500
Remote Name: 68.190.157.41
Comments
Thank you both for sharing information about your presentation. Autumn, you must 
have worked very hard to prepare for your presentation. It sounds like you taught your 
class a lot and hopefully they will share the information they learned with others. I also 
think it was a great idea to share your feelings as you went through the process of making 
your presentation and actually giving your presentation. Because of it, others who are 
thinking about giving presentations can read your thoughts and know that even though 
they may be nervous, many positive things came out of it and you were very glad you 
went through with it! You should be very proud of yourself, you set a great example for 
others! 

Fantastic
From: Michael Sugarman
Date: 06 Oct 2004
Time: 08:30:11 -0500
Remote Name: 68.126.202.40
Comments
Thank you for your courage and fortitude to help change how people view stuttering. 
Good luck in future presentations. We need more folks like you in making this a better 
place for people who stutter to live in. warmly, Michael

Go For It....good words of wisdom!
From: Kelly Ritter
Date: 06 Oct 2004
Time: 22:37:39 -0500
Remote Name: 63.165.111.69
Comments
Congrats on being so brave and having the nerve to speak in front of your class. It's 
always helpful to get your feelings out when you know that people think differently of 
you. Do you feel more respected now that you talked to your peers? Sounds like you 
have great support at home and in your school system!

Re: Go For It....good words of wisdom!
From: Autumn Williams
Date: 14 Oct 2004
Time: 19:45:58 -0500
Remote Name: 152.163.100.133
Comments
Dear Kelly, thanks alot!!!!!:) Your right people do think differently about me and I'am 
respected by my peers.Now that I'am in 8th grade and I go to the same Middle School as 
people in my 6th grade class when I see them in the halls and talk to them they really 
notice how well my speech is progressing.On th plus side they don't help me as much as I 
used to!!!! I just wanted to thank you because your right in so many ways!!!! 

Permission to publish
From: Mike Hughes
Date: 07 Oct 2004
Time: 06:52:20 -0500
Remote Name: 69.195.243.125
Comments
Speak Easy Inc. is Canada╣s national charitable organization for people who stutter. Since 
1984, we have been providing information and support to adult stutterers, parents of 
stuttering children, professionals in the field, and the general public. │Speaking Out▓ is 
our monthly magazine in which we publish a wide range of articles/information about 
stuttering. Your ISAD Online Conference paper is interesting. It is worthy of reaching 
even more people. We would like your permission for us to publish it in a future issue of 
│Speaking Out.▓ Judy Kuster, the chair of this Online Conference thinks that this is a 
good idea and has no objection. Will you please grant us permission? You can reply in 
this Question/Comments form, or e-mail us at: info@speakeasycanada.com. Thank you. 
Mike Hughes Ex. Dir. Speak Easy Inc. 

Re: Permission to publish
From: Joanie Cahalan
Date: 12 Oct 2004
Time: 23:02:13 -0500
Remote Name: 68.13.56.93
Comments
Mike, I will get in touch with Autumn's mother as soon as possible. One of us will get 
back with you. I am thrilled for Autumn that you would like to share her story. Thank 
you, Joanie Cahalan

Re: Permission to publish
From: Angela Boyd
Date: 14 Oct 2004
Time: 09:50:49 -0500
Remote Name: 216.81.134.33
Comments
Hi there, I am Autumn's mom. I think it would be great to publish the article in your 
publication and I support it whole heartedly!!! Angela Boyd

Re: Permission to publish
From: Autumn Williams
Date: 14 Oct 2004
Time: 19:49:35 -0500
Remote Name: 152.163.100.133
Comments
Dear Mike, my parenst have said yes and it would make me very happy if you would 
publish my article!!!!Thanks a lot.

A note from Keyon
From: Gail Leger, Graduate Student Southern University
Date: 07 Oct 2004
Time: 09:23:46 -0500
Remote Name: 209.215.150.254
Comments
Keyon my speech student thinks Autumn was very brave for making a speech to her 
class about stuttering and writing this article. He does not get teased much at school and is 
doing a little better with his speech fluency. He enjoyed the article and would like to 
congradulate Autumn.

Re: A note from Keyon
From: Autumn Williams
Date: 14 Oct 2004
Time: 19:55:40 -0500
Remote Name: 152.163.100.133
Comments
Dear Gail Ledger, could you tell Keyon I said thank you and that his congradulation 
maens a lot to me!!!!!:)

Sixth-Grade Classroom Presentation
From: T. Jensen
Date: 07 Oct 2004
Time: 17:18:48 -0500
Remote Name: 24.196.50.132
Comments
Thank you for the wonderful article on your sixth grade presentation. I think you were 
very wise to understand that your classmates needed to be educated about stuttering. I 
once worked with a third grader who wanted to do a presentation to his class. We adults 
were very nervous about it and wanted to some of it for him but he said no. He was the 
smart one. He did a great job. The kids really listened to him. Thanks again. 

your experiences in speech therapy
From: Heather Theriot
Date: 09 Oct 2004
Time: 15:16:16 -0500
Remote Name: 205.188.116.84
Comments
Hi Autumn! Your story was so inspiring! I am studying to be a speech-language 
pathologist right now in Lafayette,Louisiana. I was wondering what therapy methods do 
you feel have worked for you the most in therapy in helping your fluency: Do you feel it 
was actually working on your speech? Or was it working on your feelings as a person 
who stutters that made you feel you were making progress in your therapy?

Stuttering Presentation
From: Margo Kaufmann
Date: 11 Oct 2004
Time: 09:34:45 -0500
Remote Name: 134.29.49.50
Comments
Thank you Autumn and congrats on your presentation. Do you think talking about your 
feelings about stuttering and doing this presentation were an important part of therapy 
for you? This was an excellent way of letting your class know about your stuttering. 
Margo

Presentation
From: Amanda Simon
Date: 11 Oct 2004
Time: 11:13:15 -0500
Remote Name: 134.29.12.19
Comments
Thank you Autumn for taking a very brave step in expressing your thoughts and feelings 
about stuttering. Presenting to you class was a great way to educate others about what it 
is like for you, and I am really glad that taking this step has been beneficial to you. Best 
of luck and keep the courage!

Congratulations
From: Dick Mallard
Date: 12 Oct 2004
Time: 09:42:05 -0500
Remote Name: 147.26.105.80
Comments
Autumn, congratulations on your presentation. I know you will benefit from this 
experience for the rest of your life. Your wise clinician, Joanie Calahan, is an excellent 
speech-language pathologist. Keep up the good work. Dick Mallard

Re: Congratulations
From: Joanie Cahalan
Date: 12 Oct 2004
Time: 22:53:42 -0500
Remote Name: 68.13.56.93
Comments
Thanks Dick, so glad you saw us here! You are certainly the "wind beneath our wings" 
with all I've learned from you. Best always, Joanie

Re: Congratulations
From: Autumn Williams
Date: 14 Oct 2004
Time: 20:03:40 -0500
Remote Name: 152.163.100.134
Comments
Dear Dick Mallard, I had a blast having the pleasure of being tought by Mrs.Cahalan!!! I 
really enjoyed it!!!The things she tought me in 6th grade really helped me in 7th grade and 
now in 8th grade!!! Thanks Dick!!!

Re: Congratulations
From: Dick Mallard
Date: 15 Oct 2004
Time: 10:12:45 -0500
Remote Name: 147.26.105.80
Comments
Autumn, since you had a blast working with Mrs. Calahan, we should share stories about 
how much fun we had when she came here to work with us! She is a character. Dick

Way to go
From: Allison Micek
Date: 12 Oct 2004
Time: 11:04:02 -0500
Remote Name: 138.86.178.39
Comments
Autumn, What courage you had to get infront of your class to inform them about 
stuttering. I'm sure that not only did your presentation impact your life, but also all of 
your classmates'. You just gave everyone who stutters a gift by increasing the tolerance of 
stuttering in this world. Thank you.

presentation
From: Lori Friedrichs
Date: 12 Oct 2004
Time: 15:24:50 -0500
Remote Name: 69.76.29.66
Comments
What a cool little girl. She took charge of a difficult situation and changed people's 
perceptions. A little education goes a long way. Way to be brave!!

Way to go Autumn
From: Kevin Eldridge
Date: 13 Oct 2004
Time: 08:33:34 -0500
Remote Name: 67.163.9.95
Comments
Autumn, I am a speech-language pathologist and a person who stutters. As an adult, I 
really enjoy giving presentations. When I read your story, however, I tried to picture me 
doing what you did when I was in the 6th grade. It is impossible for me to picture. Your 
were/are a very courageous young lady. My hat is off to you. I'm so glad you did it. It is 
wonderful that you educated your classmates. FYI..It may be hard to believe, but people 
don't think about your speech near as much as you do. When I went to my 10 year High 
School reunion, I didn't stutter. But you know what? Not one of my friends noticed I was 
fluent. They remembered lots of fun things we did, but they didn't really remember me 
stuttering. It seems that they didn't really care that I stuttered, near as much as I did.

If you can do it, then so can other kids!
From: Judy Butler
Date: 14 Oct 2004
Time: 13:05:42 -0500
Remote Name: 68.239.61.51
Comments
Joanie and Autumn, Congratulations on your classroom presentation! You have become a 
valuable role model for other kids. There is a very famous PWS named Marty Jezer who 
says one of his affirmations goes something like this: "If another PWS can do it, then so 
can I." I hope that kids will read your paper and say to themselves, "If Autumn could do 
it, then so can I!" I hope SLPs will print copies of your paper to share with all the kids 
they know who stutter. When is a good time to do a class presentation? Did you wait for 
a time when everyone had do to a class report on something? How long did it take? I am 
an SLP, and the parents I see tell me they don't want to do a class presentation with their 
sons and daughters becuase they "don't want to make a big deal out of stuttering." What 
would you say to them? Thank you so much and I wish you lots of success in school and 
in life. :)

Re: If you can do it, then so can other kids!
From: Joanie Cahalan
Date: 14 Oct 2004
Time: 21:54:52 -0500
Remote Name: 68.13.56.93
Comments
Hi Judy, Thank you for your wonderful comments. To answer your first question... no, 
we didn't do our presentation as a class assignment. We actually prepared months in 
advance. It was a great learning experience for the both of us, as it was my first attempt at 
this as well. You've also posted a very thought-provoking question of what I would say 
to a parent who "didn't want to do a class presentation" and "didn't want to make a big 
deal out of stuttering." Of course my first thoughts are, the parents are not making the 
presentation. But of course I don't know enough about your student and if his stuttering 
is a big deal for him or not. I work with an 8th grader now who is more comfortable than 
not with his speech and is not willing to "advertise" his stuttering. However, I think 
Autumn and her mother can tell you first hand, or tell your parents first hand, how they 
feel about making a "big deal" of educating and enlightening Autumn's classmates and 
teachers about a very misunderstood communication disorder. In getting to know Autumn 
at the beginning of that schoolyear, I quickly became aware of just how much of a "big 
deal" stuttering was for her. We spent a few months exploring her perceptions about 
stuttering, and working on the traditional "toolbox" of therapy strategies before we began 
to even touch the presentation subject. I don't mean to speak for Autumn, but as I recall, 
the thought of talking about stuttering to her entire class was a huge deal in the beginning. 
But after the presentation and by the end of her schoolyear, the stuttering monster (that 
great "big deal") had shrunk considerably until all you could see was Autumn's sparkle! 
She became an empowered confident young lady who could look any peer straight in the 
eye and not feel the fear she felt just a few months before. And I couldn't be more thrilled 
and proud of her that she has carried this with her into her teen years....which as we 
know, are the most important years of our lives! This presentation was all really 
Autumn's deal. I gave her a "menu" and maybe some good old cheerleading, and from that, 
Autumn began to fly. I was very prepared to respect Autumn if she chose not to do this, 
but she was a very determined young lady, and was not going to let stuttering be that "big 
deal" anymore. The first thing I did was acquire classroom presentation materials and 
discussion outlines from the Stuttering Foundation of America. (You can order an entire 
classroom presentation packet for 10.00 which includes posters and individual pamphlets 
for each child in the class (#130). The SFA also has a booklet for 1.00 that helped us a 
great deal to plan how and what we would present what Autumn wanted her classmates 
to know. This booklet is called Stuttering: Straight Talk for Teachers #0125. I thank Bill 
Murphy for his inspiration and the seeds he planted for Autumn and so many other 
kids.) I also hope my friend, mentor, and colleague Dick Mallard sees your post and adds 
his words of wisdom in this discussion regarding your parents (and maybe others will as 
well). Watching Dick work with parents, and transform them right before my eyes was an 
experience I wish I could be around every day. (Dick lives in George Bush's back yard and 
I'm too far away from him!) I truly want to respect parents' thinking and wishes, but at 
the same time, it's important to know what their perceptions are about stuttering. If you 
don't have family support, you have an awfully tough hill to climb. I have worked with 
parents who are embarrassed (yes, they admitted it) that their child stutters. I'm sure you 
well understand how this transfers quickly and too often permanently to the child. I may 
have said too much, as I tend to do, and I don't know enough about your kids and their 
parents, but there is a world of help and support for you in your efforts to help your kids 
who stutter! Judy Kuster will help you get in touch with some great people. Speaking of 
Judy, (and I'm sure I can speak for Autumn here), we can't thank Judy Kuster enough for 
her tireless efforts in putting on the ISAD online conference, and for giving us this forum 
to share our experience and hope with children, teens, and SLP's like you Judy, and 
everyone who reads this. I hope other parents and professionals can add to this threaded 
discussion. Best wishes, Joanie 

The Advocate
From: Renee Matherne, Southern Univeristy
Date: 15 Oct 2004
Time: 12:06:59 -0500
Remote Name: 70.177.52.205
Comments
You are an advocate for stuttering. The idea to educate your classmates, about yourself 
and others, Is AWSEMOE!! It is only through education that we can fight the hurting 
words from others. I hope you continue your advocacy. One can unite all!!

Congratulations Autumn
From: Mrs. Bonney
Date: 18 Oct 2004
Time: 23:35:11 -0500
Remote Name: 68.229.180.253
Comments
Autumn, I was so excited when Mrs. Cahalan told me about this site. I am so proud of 
you and what you have accomplished. You are an excellent role model, not only for others 
that stutter, but for all of your peers. I hope 8th grade is going great for you. Stop up and 
say Hi if you get a chance in your busy Jr. High life...:) Take Care, Mrs. Bonney

An Inspiration
From: Tiffany Gaines, Southern University Grad Student
Date: 21 Oct 2004
Time: 08:58:31 -0500
Remote Name: 152.163.100.130
Comments
You are an inspiration! It took alot of courage and confidence for you to get in front of 
your class and do a presentation. So many kids get teased by other kids who do not 
understand how this hurts. Great job and continue to strive to the top!!!

Sixth Grade Presentation
From: Southern University; Vickie Cavalier
Date: 21 Oct 2004
Time: 11:00:22 -0500
Remote Name: 68.111.54.232
Comments
This is an excellent idea to use with older students. It was encouraging to read about this 
student's courageous steps in informing others about stuttering. 

After the presentation
From: Melanie Slagle
Date: 21 Oct 2004
Time: 17:48:29 -0500
Remote Name: 66.165.27.130
Comments
I thought your story was very inspirational. So many people give up trying anything new 
and scary because they are afraid of the outcome, so it is so great that you had the courage 
to go through with your presentation even though you were scared and wanted to quit. 
Most of the time, things turn out better than we hope. Now that you have seen the 
positive response to your presentation, do you think that you will ever have to educate 
your classmates and teachers again in the future? You said you wanted to be called on in 
class more, and I was wondering if that worked, knowing that teachers may be just as 
impatient as classmates can be. The best of luck to you in the future. 

You're an Inspiration
From: Amy Toth
Date: 22 Oct 2004
Time: 19:40:32 -0500
Remote Name: 68.44.97.219
Comments
You're an inspiration! You were so brave to talk in front of your class, and it's wonderful 
that it had such a positive effect on you and your classmates. I'm studying Speech 
Language Pathology and it was great to hear your point of view. Thanks for sharing!

The threaded discussion is now closed
From: Judy Kuster
Date: 23 Oct 2004
Time: 09:58:24 -0500
Remote Name: 134.29.30.89
Comments
The live, threaded discussion part of the 2004 ISAD online conference is now closed. The 
conference paper and responses made here during the conference will remain online. 
Thank you for stopping by. Judy Kuster