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Questions Frequently Asked By Students When A Person Who Stutters Comes To Talk In Their Class by Steve Hood (posted to Stutt-X, September 22, 2000
- In your own case, what do you think are some of the things that
might have caused your stuttering in the first place.?
- What are some of the factors that you think keep your stuttering
going, that are maintaining the problem?
- What kinds of therapy have you had in the past?
- What are your thoughts on self-help/support groups such as the
National Stuttering Association?
- What are some of the things you do to postpone and avoid stuttering?
- What kinds of things to listeners do that you find NOT
- What kinds of things can listeners do that you
find are helpful for you?
- What specific things are you working on currently, to improve your talking?
- Tell us some of the things that you think WE, as future clinicians,
should know about the DISORDER stuttering.
- Tell us some of the things you think we should know about PEOPLE who stutter.
Emphasize The Aspects Of Stuttering That They Can't See by Marty Jezer. Posted to Stutt-X September 22, 2000
For many student SLPs you will be the first person who stutters they'll have ever talked to. We're all different with different experiences to talk about. When I do this speaking gig, I emphasize the aspects of stuttering that they can't see.
- That in addition to the overt acts of stuttering, there are the
hidden aspects; the feelings of shame, the avoidance
techniques, the denial, the fear of stuttering in public. I emphasize
that these issues need to be addressed just
as much as the overt acts.
- Therapy should help us become effective communications rather than
perfectly fluent. If perfection is the goal, every time
we stutter, we fail.
- SLPs have to treat the whole person, not just the overt
manifestations of disfluency. Some of us will need help with
our social skills; some will need encouragement just to talk.
- Stuttering is not a psychological disorder (though, as I like to
say, anyone who stutters and does not have psychological problems as a
result, is probably crazy. i.e., we don't stutter because we're
neurotic (as the nutty Freudians long insisted), but we may be a little
neurotic because we stutter.
- SLPs need to take counseling courses, preferably courses associated
with communication disorders.
Mainly, just enjoy your role as teacher. And don't be afraid to show
added September 22, 2000