Responding to Stuttering Mockery with Dignity (Ep. 724)

Caryn Herring joins Chaya Goldstein-Schuff to discuss her response in the New York Times article, Trump’s Biden Mockery Upsets People Who Stutter: ‘We’ve Heard This Before. Caryn shares her concerns about the bullying of stuttering on a global stage and her message of dignity in response to the mockery.

Caryn discusses virtual and in-person resources from FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter to build and fortify a sense of dignity. She also shares personal life experiences that have helped her increase her dignity, including the value of the stuttering community. 

Caryn Herring is a person who stutters, a speech-language pathologist, and a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University. Caryn met Lee in 2010, and has been involved with Friends ever since. Caryn served on the Board of Directors as the Chairperson for 5 years and is proud to follow in Lee’s footsteps as the current Executive Director of Friends. Caryn’s research interests include the process of desensitization for people who stutter, reducing adverse impact, and the role of voluntary stuttering. She has also taught and clinically supervised both undergraduate and graduate students at MSU, The University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University.


New York Times article


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