September 27, 2015

Worthy words

This is a short self-reflection post.

I've shared with several people recently my belief that people who stutter have greater potential to become excellent overall communicators than most of the general population. Yes, stuttering is often accompanied by many unproductive "side effects" that make communication feel difficult. However, these difficulties can also be the spark for tremendous self-awareness and conscious choice-making during communication moments. 

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September 2, 2015

Fluency: A Graduate Course Outline

This course provides advanced theoretical and clinical instruction in the area of communication fluency. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the historical, scientific, and clinical issues surrounding fluency. In the second half of the course, students will be assigned a fluency client for hands-on experience connecting theory to practice. 

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July 17, 2015

Stuttering and Skyrim

One of my favorite stuttering explanations / response to being teased comes from a former 5th grade student of mine. I had asked him if the other kids at school ever comment on his speech.

"Well, yesterday, I was talking and this kid interrupted me while I was stuttering. He was like, 'Hey man, what's wrong with you? Do you have like a glitch or something?' So I said 'Yeah, I do.' And he was like, 'Oh, OK,' and then we kept playing."

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May 28, 2015

Can a throat injury cause stuttering?

Stuttering is in the spotlight this week, thanks to the amazing, emotional performance by 23-year-old stuttering comedian Drew Lynch on America's Got Talent. 

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March 26, 2015

The Australian Budget Lidcombe Proposal Debate: A Primer in Memes

Depending on who you are, you may or may not know that there is a heated (as in, nuclear lava bomb) discussion happening internationally right now in the speech pathology-stuttering world. The discussion revolves around a federal health care budget policy recommendation that was submitted to the Australian government by Speech Pathology Australia, advocating government funding for treatment of preschool stuttering. A number of talking points have grown out of this discussion that cover ethical, political, clinical, and philosophical notions. 

So, in the spirit of fun and efficiency, I here present a brief and highly visual summary of what has transpired thus far.

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November 12, 2014

For Parents: Speech Therapy and “Stuttering Acceptance”

Your child is six, nine, twelve. Maybe he's been stuttering since he was two or three, or maybe you just started noticing it in third grade. Maybe she went through speech therapy in preschool, or maybe it seemed more prudent to "wait and see". Maybe the stutter went away, either on its own or apparently thanks to therapy. Maybe it's fluctuated, coming and going. Maybe it's always been there, regardless of what you've tried. Maybe your child got tired of going to therapy or it was just too hard to get to appointments, or it didn't seem to work. 

Maybe you are thinking about speech therapy. For the fourth time, or for the first time. Will it help?

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September 22, 2014

Minecraft and Stuttering

If you don't know what Minecraft is, you probably do not have children in your life, at all, and/or you have never been on the Internet.

I play a lot of Minecraft in therapy (and since it's actually pretty fun, I consequently play a lot of Minecraft outside of therapy, too). I have my own world that some of my kids like to add to, or some kids prefer to make their own. You might think that two people looking at a computer screen is not great for communication, but Minecraft actually facilitates constant talking: problem-solving, questions, comments, jokes. Also cries of despair.

Minecraft can be quite challenging, depending on what you are trying to accomplish, and I often draw parallels for kids between Minecraft challenges and how these are similar to the challenges faced in stuttering.

Here are some of my favorite Minecraft-stuttering principles.


Image of a creeper exploding from the video game Minecraft

Sometimes something comes at you from out of nowhere and just blows up all your hard work and efforts. How do you handle that?

 

 

Stone pickaxe from the video game Minecraft

Tools are important and extremely useful, but they break easily.

 

A cave from the video game Minecraft

Exploring can be dangerous and scary, but you have to go for it if you want what's out there.

 

 

Steve looking confused from the video game Minecraft

There is no manual.

 

A castle built in the video game Minecraft

Patience. Creating amazing things takes lots and lots and lots of patience.

 

A deep quarry from the video game Minecraft

On that same note, hard work. You need to persevere to build something awesome.

 

Various characters from the video game Minecraft

Friends are important. They will help you.

 

Character running from a pile of exploding TNT from the video game Minecraft

Sometimes you have to deal with griefers. This is discouraging, frustrating, and even hurtful. There often is no easy solution. What do you do?

 

Water in the video game Minecraft

Make sure your oxygen bar is full. Keep an eye on your breath.

 

And, of course...

Various block types from the video game Minecraft

Blocks.


 

Image of papercraft Minecraft figures in the speech IRL office

Sometimes, we play IRL Minecraft too!

August 1, 2014

The 5 Types of Stutterers (Who Come to Therapy)

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can...

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July 23, 2014

NSA Annual Conference 2014: Recap

I just returned from my first-ever National Stuttering Association conference, held this year in Washington, DC over the 4th of July weekend. Stringing together enthusiastic adjectives, “incredible,” “amazing,” “inspirational,” “phenomenal,” would not begin to describe the experience. So many conversations, fits of laughter, experiences, tears, memories, and more.

Rather than try to describe and explain everything, I’ve picked out a few experiential themes to share. I can’t say that these were the best or most interesting, because no one part was the best. But I am very grateful for these experiences.

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June 17, 2014

speech IRL Is Now a SpeechEasy Provider!

I am excited to announce that as of June 2014, speech IRL is now an approved SpeechEasy provider. If you are interested in a SpeechEasy evaluation or need a check-up for your current SpeechEasy device, these services are now available at my office.

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