How Much Time Should You Spend Working on Stuttering with Bob Quesal? (Ep. 462)

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Robert “the Expert” Quesal joins Peter Reitzes to discuss how much time should you spend working on stuttering.

Here is a little background to today’s episode. Recently on StutterTalk, Episode 455, the B Team discussed what they referred to as “the hypothetical (and entirely unrealistic) question, ‘How many hours a day would you put into working on your stuttering if that work guaranteed a cure for your stuttering?’” On today’s episode, we put fluency aside for a moment and ask, How much time a day should you work on acceptance of stuttering, stuttering openly, stuttering differently, educating family and friends about stuttering and being open about stuttering?

ROBERT QUESAL, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Illinois University, a person who stutters, a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, an advisor to StutterTalk and and author of the chapter The Person Who Stutters as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the book Stuttering: Inspiring Stories and Professional Wisdom, published by StutterTalk.

    How Much Time Should You Spend Working on Stuttering with Nora O’Connor? (Ep. 461)

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    Nora O’Connor

    Nora A. O’Connor joins Peter Reitzes to discuss how much time should you spend working on stuttering. Nora discusses what the real goals of speech therapy should be: living a meaningful and self-assured life in which we communicate effectively.

    Here is a little background to today’s episode. Recently on StutterTalk, Episode 455, the B Team discussed what they referred to as “the hypothetical (and entirely unrealistic) question, ‘How many hours a day would you put into working on your stuttering if that work guaranteed a cure for your stuttering?’” On today’s episode, we put fluency aside for a moment and ask, How much time a day should you work on acceptance of stuttering, stuttering openly, stuttering differently, educating family and friends about stuttering and being open about stuttering?

    NORA A O’CONNOR is a licensed clinical social worker in California, a person who stutters, an adviser to StutterTalk and author of the chapter Substance Abuse and Stuttering in the book Stuttering: Inspiring Stories and Professional Wisdom, published by StutterTalk. Nora has been involved locally and nationally with self help organizations for people who stutter for over 15 years. Nora works in private practice where she facilitates a self-esteem therapy group for children and teens who stutter, teaching anxiety management, confidence building and radical acceptance.

    During today’s episode, Nora and Peter discuss the Successful Stuttering Management Program (SSMP).

      Good Stuttering All Day Long: Conference Recaps (Ep. 460)

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      Chris Mancini

      Chris Mancini and Tom Scharstein join Britni Bicknaver to discuss their experiences attending the 2014 annual conference of the National Stuttering Association (NSA). Chris discusses leaving his comfort zone and meeting people who stutter from across the country and Tom discusses his favorite workshops including a Ted Talks style workshop held at the NSA.

      CHRIS MANCINI is a financial operations analyst at anthem in Cincinnati. He is the chapter leader of Cincinnati’s branch of the National Stuttering Association and is married with two kids.

      Tim Scharstein and family

      Tom Scharstein and family

      TOM SCHARSTEIN is an entrepreneur and person that stutters from Cincinnati, OH. Tom is the National Stuttering Association’s newest Regional Chapter Coordinator.

        Dhruv Gupta of the Indian Stammering Association from the National Stuttering Association’s 2014 Annual Conference (Ep. 459)

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        Dhruv Gupta

        Dhruv Gupta joins Joel Korte, Caryn Herring and Roisin McManus of the StutterTalk B Team at the 2014 annual conference of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) in Washington, DC. DHRUV GUPTA is the newly appointed Executive Director of The Indian Stammering Association (TISA).

        Dhruv is very active in the stuttering community. Today on StutterTalk Mr. Gupta is asked to discuss his participation in self help organizations for people who stutter including TISA, SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, the American Institute for Stuttering and Toastmasters. Dhruv discusses how relapse in stuttering treatment is normal and expected which is why self help groups for people who stutter are so important. Caryn noted that, as in a recent episode, all four speakers on today’s episode received speech therapy at the American Institute for Stuttering in Manhattan.

        “How I mange my stuttering is, I try to stutter. I try to voluntarily stutter.” -Dhruv Gupta

        Joel mentioned this StutterTalk episode on air today: Does Charlie Stutter? (Ep. 231)

        You may contact Dhruv Gupta directly at dhruvg05@gmail.com. Join the Indian Stammering Association’s Facebook group here.

        This StutterTalk episode was recorded and published Saturday, July 5th on the fourth day of the NSA’s annual conference.

          In the Stuttering Mosh Pit from the National Stuttering Association’s 2014 Annual Conference (Ep. 458)

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          Joel, Caryn, Barry and Roisin

          StutterTalk host Barry Yeoman joins Joel Korte, Caryn Herring and Roisin McManus of the StutterTalk B Team at the 2014 annual conference of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) in Washington, DC. The StutterTalk crew talk about facing conference anxiety and stuttering anxiety. Barry points out the internal work that conference participants do while surrounded by hundreds of other people who stutter. The B Team hosts talk about how powerful and meaningful they found Barry’s storytelling and movement workshop. Barry is asked to discuss the National Stuttering Project (NSP) which preceded the NSA and the changes he has seen in the self help movement.

          This StutterTalk episode was recorded and published Friday, July 4th on the third day of the NSA’s annual conference.

            Daring to Be Yourself with Parker Mantell from the National Stuttering Association’s 2014 Annual Conference (Ep. 457)

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            Caryn, Roisin, Parker and Joel

            Parker Mantell joins Joel Korte, Caryn Herring and Roisin McManus of the StutterTalk B Team at the 2014 annual conference of the National Stuttering Association in Washington, DC. Mr. Mantell recently gave the commencement address at Indiana University; within days a video of his speech had gone viral (see below).

            During today’s episode Mr. Mantell discusses stuttering openly, advertising or telling others that he stutters and so much more. The B Team point out that Mr. Mantell has a very “calm” and “unrattled” style of stuttering. Caryn points out Mr. Mantell’s courageous accomplishment of speaking to 17,000 people during his recent commencement address. Roisin notes with pride that all four speakers on today’s episode received speech therapy at the American Institute for Stuttering in Manhattan.

            “You have a choice. You can let it [stuttering] define you and be very closed about it and keep it to yourself. Or, you could take the opposite approach and attempt to define it…You could dare to be yourself.” -Parker Mantell

            PARKER MANTELL recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in political science. Mr. Mantell has interned with US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)  and has twice served New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ). Mr. Mantell has also interned for Fox News Sunday and the US House Committee on Homeland Security.

            This StutterTalk episode was recorded and published Friday, July 4th on the third day of the NSA’s annual conference.

              “I Am Always a Stutterer” from the National Stuttering Association’s 2014 Annual Conference (Ep. 456)

              Caryn, Roisin, Jacqueline and Joel (left to right)

              Caryn, Roisin, Jacqueline and Joel

              Jacquelyn Revere joins Joel Korte, Caryn Herring and Roisin McManus of the StutterTalk B Team at the 2014 annual conference of the National Stuttering Association in Washington, DC. This year’s NSA’s conference has more than 950 attendees including 300 first timers!

              JACQUELYN REVERE is a person who stutters, an actress in New York City and recently launched this video blog about stuttering. During this episode, Jacquelyn is asked about her video what it feels like to stutter. Jacquelyn discusses acting, confronting the fears of being on stage and the challenges she has faced as an actor. Ms. Revere also discusses the joys of starting her own video blog and hearing from people who stutter from around the world. Joel, Caryn, Roisin and Jacquelyn end the episode by discussing their excitement about the NSA’s annual conference and Caryn shares the importance of leaving her comfort zone and meeting new people.

              This StutterTalk episode was recorded and published Thursday July 3rd on the second day of the NSA’s annual conference.

                Hitting Thresholds for Making Changes in Stuttering (Ep. 455)

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                Caryn, Joel and Roisin

                CARYN HERRING, JOEL KORTE and ROISIN MCMANUS (of the “StutterTalk B Team“) discuss Joel’s admission to a recent increase in his stuttering. This evolves into a brief discussion on secondary behaviors, and later, the trio talks about how a years of work in stuttering management can build a foundation for later in life. They conclude the show by discussing the hypothetical (and entirely unrealistic) question, “How many hours a day would you put into working on your stuttering if that work guaranteed a cure for your stuttering?”

                  New Neuroimaging Research Comparing Preschoolers Who Do and Do Not Stutter (Ep. 454)

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                  Dr. Paul F. Sowman

                  Dr. Paul F. Sowman joins Peter Reitzes to discuss his recently published study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience which uses neuroimaging to compare the speech production of preschoolers who do and do not stutter. Dr. Sowman’s major finding is that “[Brain] activation was significantly lateralized to the left hemisphere in both groups and not different between groups.”

                  PAUL F. SOWMAN is a neuroscientist in the Department of Cognitive Science,  ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

                  Watch a video here of Dr. Sowman conducting and discussing his research with preschoolers.

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                    Embracing and Accepting Stuttering with George Springer of the Houston Astros (Ep. 453)

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                    George Springer of the Houston Astros

                    George Springer, a 24 year old rookie outfielder with the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball, joins Peter Reitzes to discuss being a professional athlete who stutters. Mr. Springer explains the importance of embracing and accepting stuttering.

                    When asked if he had any advice for children who stutter, Mr. Springer responded, “I was that kid that didn’t want to speak in class and tried to avoid certain situations. But then, once I just accepted it [stuttering], it actually changed my outlook on pretty much everything and made me a lot happier with myself…Embrace it and don’t let it prevent you from doing the things that you want to do in life.”