18 Mar 2018
21 Feb 2018
Dr. Jennifer Chesters joins Peter Reitzes to discuss her research on transcranial direct current stimulation in stuttering treatment. Chester and colleagues current study on this topic is available at no charge.
Jennifer Chesters, MA, MSc, DPhil, is a neuroscience researcher and speech and language therapist at the Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology. Dr. Chesters is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on a team led by Kate Watkins that is investigating the neural basis of stuttering using a range of brain imaging and stimulation techniques. Dr. Chesters is first author on the recently published study “Transcranial direct current stimulation over left inferior frontal cortex improves speech fluency in adults who stutter” in the BRAIN: A Journal of Neurology.
29 Jan 2018
Jane Harley is a registered Speech and Language Therapist and Clinical Lead at the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, London, UK. She also holds a Masters in Psychological Counselling. Over the last 20 years she has written about the use of cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) in working with people who stutter.
22 Jan 2018
Jane Fraser joins Peter Reitzes to celebrate 70 years of the Stuttering Foundation and the power of change.
Jane Fraser is president of The Stuttering Foundation, has run the Foundation for more than 35 years, and is co-author of If Your Child Stutters: A Guide for Parents now in its 8th edition.
Jane is asked to reflect upon the Stuttering Foundation’s impressive 70 year history and amazing catalog of affordable materials. When asked to name research she finds interesting, Ms. Fraser encourages listeners to read research by the Dana Foundation on brain plasticity. Ms. Fraser is asked about seminal Foundation materials including the book Advice to Those Who Stutter, the Foundation’s impressive YouTube channel, the book Self-Therapy for the Stutterer, the film ADHD and Stuttering, the Famous People Who Stutter brochure and poster and the Foundation’s film Stuttering: For Kids, By Kids.
15 Jan 2018
Dr. Phil Schneider joins Peter Reitzes to discuss a listener question: Should speech-language pathologists who stutter be expected to overcome their own stuttering?
Phil Schneider, Ed.D. CCC-SLP is the founding partner, with Uri Schneider, of Schneider Speech Pathology. Recognized as a master clinician and teacher, he has been practicing and teaching for over 45 years. He holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Communication Disorders at Queens College, CUNY. Phil’s first documentary, Transcending Stuttering: The Inside Story, is considered by many to be the single best film on stuttering. View all of Phil’s films here.
23 Dec 2017
One World, Many Voices: Science and Community is the Inaugural Joint World Congress of the International Cluttering Association (ICA), International Fluency Association (IFA) and International Stuttering Association (ISA), with local host organizations the Japan Society of Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders and the Japanese Stuttering Genyukai Organization. This event will be held in Hiroshima, Japan, from July 13th-16th, 2018. See the list of keynote speakers here and participate on the Facebook page.
Charley F. Adams, Ph.D., is chair of the International Cluttering Association and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina. Charley has led the Columbia chapter of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) since 2001, and served as a regional coordinator for the NSA from 2008 to 2013. In 2013, Charley was chosen as the NSA Speech Language Pathologist of the Year.
Hanan Hurwitz is a person who stutters, Director of Quality at Servotronix in Israel, serves on the International Stuttering Association’s Advisory Board and is part of the team that is planning the Inaugural joint world congress.
10 Nov 2017
Colonel Frank T. Flannery joins Peter Reitzes for this Veterans Day special episode to discuss serving your country while stuttering. Colonel Flannery describes his military experience of being highly accepting of people who stutter.
Colonel Flannery discusses the daily challenges of stuttering and overcoming avoidance behaviors. Colonel Flannery shares how meeting other people who stutter in group speech therapy and at the National Stuttering Association conference is comforting and reassuring because their concerns and experiences mirror his own. Flannery mentions that being a covert stutterer in the military and in life is challenging because of the fear of discovery.
Colonel Frank T. Flannery, M.D., J.D. is a physician-attorney, is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Flannery’s clinical practice experience includes emergency medicine, family medicine, and allergy and immunology. Following a long and distinguished career in the United States Army, he retired from the military in 2003 after 31 years of service at the rank of full Colonel. Dr. Flannery has authored more than 70 journal articles and book chapters in numerous publications, including the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Cardiology. The National Stuttering Association offers Colonel Flannery’s full bio on their Professionals Who Inspire Page.
1 Nov 2017
Should Speech-Language Pathologists Treat People Who Stutter? (Part Six with Dr. Bob Quesal, Ep. 634)
Bob “the Expert” Quesal joins Peter Reitzes to discuss if speech-language pathologists (SLPs) should continue to evaluate and treat people who stutter. This is episode six in a series on the topic.
Dr. Quesalshares his huge disappointment in how the field of speech-language pathology trains SLPs to understand and treat stuttering. Dr. Quesal states, “The reason we are in the mess we are in right now is because ASHA has been involved”, “I have been appalled by the number of well educated SLPs who don’t understand stuttering at all” and “We can lobby ASHA until we are blue in the face, but ASHA has demonstrated over the last 30 years that they don’t care about stuttering – they don’t care about people who stutter.”
Bob and Peter agree that the scope of practice in speech-language pathology should be changed to exclude “general practitioners” from working with people who stutter until they achieve advanced training and certification in stuttering.
Robert Quesal, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a professor emeritus of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Illinois University, a person who stutters, a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a retired Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders.
25 Oct 2017
Should Speech-Language Pathologists Treat People Who Stutter? (Part Five with Jack Henderson, Ep. 633)
Jack K. Henderson joins Peter Reitzes to discuss if speech-language pathologists (SLPs) should continue to evaluate and treat people who stutter. This is episode five in a series on the topic.
Mr. Henderson is asked about his initiative and research offering free of charge individual consultation for school SLPs working with children who stutter. Mr. Henderson reports that his work is positively impacting SLPs seeking support working with stutterers.
Jack K. Henderson, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He provides clinical services to those who stutter and their families, consults with school-based SLPs about their students who stutter, and is the director of Camp TALKS (Talking and Learning with Kids who Stutter).
12 Oct 2017
Should Speech-Language Pathologists Treat People Who Stutter? (Part Three with Jim McClure, Ep. 631)
Jim McClure joins Peter Reitzes to discuss if speech-language pathologists (SLPs) should continue to evaluate and treat people who stutter. This is episode three in a series on the topic.
Mr. McClure reports feeling “fortunate” to have had very little speech therapy while in grade school and being “spared” from speech therapy in high school because he was covert. Jim discusses his concerns about the “scarcity of clinicians who really understand stuttering.” Mr. McClure mentions that litigation may be one way to educate the public about stuttering and to increase the number of SLPs who recuse themselves when they feel unqualified to treat a person who stutters.
Jim McClure is a person who stutters and is the former consumer member of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders. He serves on the National Stuttering Association’s advisory board and was a director and chapter leader for many years. Jim is a retired public relations consultant and has conducted consumer-oriented surveys of people who stutter.
Links mentioned on today’s episode:
- An Exploration of Clinicians Views About Assessment and Treatment of Stuttering (Tellis, Bresslaer & Emerick, 2008).
- The Experience of People Who Stutter: A Survey by the National Stuttering Association