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 didistutter.org 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.

      Story Time: How I Got to Now (Ep. 482)

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      Taro Alexander

      Taro Alexander joins Peter Reitzes for this Story Time episode to discuss How I Got to Now.

      Story Time is a new kind of StutterTalk episode in which the host “gets out of the way” while the guest tells his or her story.

      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.

        Everyone’s Destroyer Looks a Little Bit Different (Ep. 481)

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        Bob Quesal

        Bob Quesal joins Peter Reitzes to discuss what, if anything, is new in stuttering treatment.

        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.

        Show notes: Peter discusses episode 53 of the Dan Carlin Hardcore History podcast.

          Answering A Listener’s Email (Ep. 480)

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          Roisin, Joel and Caryn of the StutterTalk B Team

          CARYN HERRING, JOEL KORTE and ROISIN MCMANUS of the StutterTalk B Team discuss a listener’s email on today’s show.

          Paul writes StutterTalk and shares, “I had an interview last week in which I locked up and talking became difficult. I didn’t get the job I think…I think I have been trying to chase the fluency God and this put too much pressure on me.  What role did voluntary stuttering play in your recovery? Joe Sheehan once said that a stutterer will remain one as long as he pretends not to be one. I have always shyed away from this exercise. Your words of wisdom would be appreciated.”

            Jason Died and He Knew My Secret (Ep. 479)

            StutterTalk_iTunesBob Quesal joins Peter Reitzes to discuss the recent death of a person they refer to as “Jason.” Jason figured out that Peter was a stutterer “passing as fluent” during high school and would occasionally mock Mr. Reitzes’ stuttering. Dr. Quesal and Mr. Reitzes discuss issues relating to stuttering and bullying, forgiveness and acceptance and dealing with feelings of pain that may reemerge when remembering past experiences.

            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.

              Building Relationships in Stuttering Treatment (Ep. 478)

              LeeCaggiano

              Lee Caggiano

              Lee Caggiano and Phil Schneider join Peter Reitzes to discuss the importance of building relationships in stuttering treatment.

              LEE CAGGIANO, MA, CCC-SLP is Director of the Stuttering Therapy and Resource Center of Long Island, a board certified specialist and mentor in fluency disorders, the mother of a son who stutters and co-founder and Director of FRIENDS: The Association of Young People Who Stutter. Lee serves as a consultant to many school districts and teaches the graduate level fluency courses at New York University, Queens College, and Long Island University-Post.

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              Phil Schneider

              PHIL SCHNEIDER, Ed.D. CCC-SLP is a board certified specialist and mentor in fluency disorders, an Associate Professor Emeritus of Communication Disorders at Queens College, has been in private practice for more than 35 years, is an adviser to StutterTalk and with Uri Schneider is creator of the films Transcending Stuttering: The Inside Story and Going with the Flow: A Guide to Transcending Stuttering.

                Story Time: Acceptance of Stuttering from a Parent’s Perspective (Ep. 477)

                LeeCaggiano

                Lee Caggiano

                Lee Caggiano joins Peter Reitzes for this Story Time episode to discuss acceptance of stuttering from a parent’s perspective.

                Story Time is a new kind of StutterTalk episode in which the host “gets out of the way” while the guest tells his or her story.

                LEE CAGGIANO, MA, CCC-SLP is Director of the Stuttering Therapy and Resource Center of Long Island, a board certified specialist and mentor in fluency disorders, the mother of a son who stutters and co-founder and Director of FRIENDS: The Association of Young People Who Stutter. Lee serves as a consultant to many school districts as well as teaching the graduate level fluency courses at New York University, Queens College, and Long Island University-Post.

                  Stammering Freely (Ep. 476)

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                  Vishal Gupta with Jacquelyn Revere

                  Vishal Gupta joins Reuben Schuff from the 2014 National Conference of The Indian Stammering Association (TISA). They discuss stammering freely, acceptance of stuttering, facing speaking fears, taking on speaking challenges at work such as adverting stuttering at work and much more. Mr Gupta shares that being a self help leader in the stuttering community has helped him become a leader at work.

                  VISHAL GUPTA is coordinator of TISA’s Self Help Group (SHG) in Delhi. He runs the popular Stammer Freely website.

                    Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone (Ep. 475)

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                    Shilpa Sagwal and Devansh Singhal

                    Shilpa Sagwal and Devansh Singhal join Reuben Schuff from the 2014 National Conference of The Indian Stammering Association (TISA). Ms. Sagwal discusses the courage it takes to step outside of her comfort zone as a woman who stutters in India.

                    SHILPA SAGWAL  is from Mumbai and is doing graduate studies in bioprocess engineering. After graduating in India she would like to pursue a phd in the United States. She was recently interviewed by the Times of India newspaper about women who stutter.

                    DEVANSH SINGHAL is studying MBA finance and would like to work on wall street.