17 Apr 2017
Christopher Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss his speaking experiences as a person who stutters who is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order of the Catholic church.
Topics include speaking and stuttering when leading prayers and during confession and grace. Constantino and Reitzes consider issues related to spontaneity of speech, stuttering and “controlling” stuttering.
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.