Finding My Stuttering Family is an Overwhelming Relief at the 2017 NSA Conference (Ep. 623)

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LJ Mucheje, Bornwell Katebe and Christopher Constantino

LJ Mucheje and Bornwell Katebe join Christopher Constantino at the 34th annual National Stuttering Association (NSA) conference in Dallas, Texas.

They discuss the overwhelming relief of meeting other people who stutter and much more.The point is made, “We may not look alike, but the stories are the same.” Other conversations include how stuttering behaviors and reactions are impacted by certain places, family and friends.

Bornwell Katebe is a person who stutters and PhD student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette studying under Dr. John Tetnowski. Bornwell is from Mufulira, Zambia.

LJ Mucheje is a person who stutters and resides in Chesterfield, VA. He is an environmental engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation and works on reducing noise pollution. He is from Zimbabwe.

Christopher Constantino, CCC-SLP, is a person who stutters, a StutterTalk host, and a PhD student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis. Chris is an ASHA certified, Tennessee licensed, speech-language pathologist at Shelby County Schools in Memphis, TN. His research has sought to understand and contextualize the experiences of passing as fluent for people who covertly stutter. Currently he is studying the subjective experience of stuttering, he is interested in defining and measuring the degree to which communication feels spontaneous, regardless of fluency. Chris’s StutterTalk episodes are known for finding common ground between disability rights and speech-language pathology.