Stuttering Treatment: Much More than Fluency (Ep. 492)

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Dr. Heather Grossman

Heather Grossman joins Peter Reitzes to discuss stuttering treatment at the American Institute for Stuttering and using a comprehensive approach which focuses on reducing fear, talking openly talking about stuttering, advertising stuttering, voluntary stuttering, mindfulness, using speech tools to reduce the impact of stuttering and much more. Dr. Grossman discusses a treatment approach which is clearly about much more than “fluency” or stuttering less. Heather shares how her speech therapy approach has evolved over the years as a result of volunteering for self help organizations, listening to people who stutter and working in the field. We discuss the pros and cons of telehealth (sometimes called Skype treatment), the future of speech therapy and much, much more.

Heather Grossman, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD, is Clinical Director at the American Institute for Stuttering (AIS). Dr. Grossman has worked with children and adults who stutter for over 25 years and was among the first select group of speech-language pathologists to receive board recognition as a specialist in the treatment of fluency disorders from ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). Heather is extremely active in the stuttering self-help community.

    Remembering Gerald Siegel (Ep. 491)

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    Gerald M. Siegel

    Walter Manning and Robert Quesal join Peter Reitzes to remember Gerald M. Siegel. Dr. Siegel passed away on November 17, 2014 at the age of 82. Today on StutterTalk we remember Dr. Siegel by discussing his memoir Academic and Personal Reflections on a Career in Communication DisordersWe discuss accountability (a precursor to evidence based practice) in speech-language pathology, Dr. Siegel’s work in operant conditioning, loss of control in defining stuttering and so much more.

    ROBERT QUESAL, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a person who stutters, a professor emeritus of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Illinois University, a fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and a retired board certified specialist in fluency disorders.

    WALTER MANNING, Ph.D., is a person who stutter and a professor in the School of Communication Sciences at The University of Memphis. Dr. Manning is a board certified specialist in fluency disorders, a fellow of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, and has published more than 100 articles in a variety of professional journals. The third edition of Dr. Manning’s textbook, Clinical Decision Making in Fluency Disorders, was published in 2010.

    SiegelBackBookpicGerald “Jerry” Siegel spent his first 21 years in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Brooklyn college with his BA in 1954. Just three years later Siegel completed his PhD at the famed University of Iowa. Siegel spent forty years in academics and more than 30 years at the University of Minnesota’s speech pathology department. In 2002 Siegel was awarded the Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Siegel was interested in much including stuttering and language development and stated in his memoir that he preferred being a researcher over being a therapist. In addition, Siegel played guitar and sang, was a prolific writer, and loved handball. Siegel shares in his memoir that when he began his studies in 1949, “there were fewer than 1,500 members in ASHA.” Robert West, the first president of ASHA, was one of Siegel’s professors. Siegel studied with Wendell Johnson, Dean Williams and Oliver Bloodstein, pioneers in stuttering research, and developed a friendship with perhaps the most famous pioneer in stuttering, Charles Van Riper. Read more about Gerald Siegel here at the Stuttering Homepage.

      Dealing With “Out of Control” Stuttering (Ep. 490)

      StutterTalkBTeamCaryn Herring, Joel Korte and Roisin McManus of the Stuttertalk B Team discuss some of Caryn’s recent “out of control” stuttering feelings and experiences. The B Team then discusses acceptance while still trying to feel accountable for managing stuttering.  Lastly, they discuss how stuttering management can be compared to a professional athlete. They note that everyone has times where things they are good at are more difficult than other times.

        Hi, I Stutter (Ep. 489)

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        Patrick Campbell

        Patrick Campbell joins Peter Reitzes to discuss being a medical student who stutters, passing as fluent, moving from covert to overt, presenting in front of hundreds of people, accommodations in medical school and much more.

        Patrick Campbell is a fourth year medical student at the Hull York Medical School in England and a person who stutters. Mr. Campbell used to try and keep his stutter hidden but has since realized there is a better way to approach his speech, with openness and acceptance. For the past three years, Mr. Campbell has been working towards this aim. He has most recently been elected to become trustee for the British Stammering Association as he hopes to give back to the stuttering community.

          Honest Speech and Stuttering Hospitably (Ep. 488)

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          Erin Schick

          Erin Schick and Joshua St. Pierre from the website Did I Stutter? (DIS) join Peter Reitzes to discuss stuttering issues. The conversation is consistent with the DIS mission of providing “an alternative way of thinking about speech and communication disabilities.” Topics include Ms. Schick’s Honest Speech video, self help and activism, person first language, stuttering in the workplace, speech therapy, stuttering hospitably and much more. Joshua and Erin were asked about a number of posts from the DIS blog

          Erin Schick currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she is finishing a B.A. in sociology and looking forward to pursuing a Master’s of Social Work and working as a youth advocate. She is active in the poetry slam community and has competed in multiple national competitions, where she uses her voice to combat ableist attitudes and smash the patriarchy.

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          Joshua St. Pierre

          Joshua St. Pierre lives in Alberta, Canada and has published on stuttering and communication both academically and non-academically. He is currently pursuing his PhD in philosophy. Joshua founded DIS with Zach Richter.


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            Ask Dr. Marie-Christine Franken about Preschool Stuttering and Its Treatment (Ep. 487)

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            Dr. Marie-Christine Franken

            Dr. Marie-Christine Franken joins Peter Reitzes to answer listener questions about preschool stuttering and its treatment. Dr. Franken discusses Lidcombe Treatment, Demands and Capacities Treatment (DCM) and much more.

            Dr. Marie-Christine Franken is a Specialist Fluency Therapist and the Speech-Language Research Lead at the Speech & Hearing Department of Erasmus University MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

            Dr. Franken and her team of researchers published a much discussed 2005 pilot study which compared Lidcombe Treatment and DCM Treatment. In 2015 Dr. Franken is expected to publish a follow-up study, with almost 200 subjects, comparing these treatments.

            StutterTalk has discussed preschool stuttering and research a number of times. Those conversations are archived here.

              Stuttering Across Cultures and Continents (Ep. 486)

              Hanan Hurwitz

              Hanan Hurwitz

              Hanan Hurwitz joins Peter Reitzes to discuss stuttering support and being a host at Stutter Social.

              Hanan Hurwitz is a host of Stutter Social hangouts. Hanan grew up in South Africa and is an electronics engineer working in product marketing and account management in Israel. Mr. Hurwitz has stuttered most of his life, and now, after being helped by the stuttering community, is working to give back to the community and support other People Who Stutter.

                Ask Dr. Gerald Maguire about the Medical Treatment of Stuttering (Ep. 485)

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                Gerald Maguire, M.D., DFAPA

                Gerald Maguire, M.D., DFAPA joins Peter Reitzes for this “Ask Jerry” episode in which Dr. Maguire answers listener questions about the medical treatment of stuttering.

                Dr. Maguire is the newly appointed Chair of Psychiatry in the University of California’s, Riverside School of Medicine and a professor of psychiatry. Dr. Maguire is considered by many to be the leading authority on the medical treatment of stuttering and is a regular guest on StutterTalk. Dr. Maguire has been listed for the past six years in Best Doctors in America and is well-published in numerous psychiatric journals. Jerry’s previous appearances on StutterTalk are archived here.

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                  Serious Concerns about Speech Therapy for People Who Stutter in the Public Schools (Ep. 484)

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                  Taro Alexander

                  Taro Alexander joins Peter Reitzes to discuss serious concerns about speech therapy for people who stutter in the public schools. Mr. Alexander is asked about a very upsetting presentation he recently attended in the schools in which speech-language pathologists were “trained” to encourage students to change words, to use starter or filler sounds sounds such as “um” to postpone stuttering and shown to use words like “yucky” when discussing stuttering and speech tools with students.

                  TARO ALEXANDER, is Founder and Director of SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, formerly Our Time. Mr. Alexander founded SAY 14 years ago. He is an accomplished performer, teacher, and director who has stuttered since the age of five. SAY is guided by the belief that a young person who stutters has a voice that matters and it is a voice that deserves to be heard. SAY’s programming includes their Building Confident Voices programs after school and on weekends, speech therapy and an annual summer camp in North Carolina.

                    Stuttering, Activism, Disability, Ableism and Informed Consent (Ep. 483)

                    Joshua St. Pierre

                    Joshua St. Pierre

                    Joshua St. Pierre and Zach Richter from the website join Peter Reitzes to discuss stuttering, activism, disability, ableism, informed consent and much more. St. Pierre and Richter draws their inspiration from the disability-rights movement and take an edgier view than many traditional self-help organizations.

                    JOSHUA ST. PIERRE lives in Alberta, Canada and has published on stuttering and communication both academically and non-academically. He is currently pursuing his PhD in philosophy.

                    Zach Richter

                    Zach Richter

                    ZACH RICHTER lives in Chicago, Illinois and is a second generation stuttering activist. HE is currently working on a masters degree in Disability Studies.