What Is Stuttering? – From The NSA’s 2015 Research Symposium (Ep. 524)

stutteringSamantha Wasilus and Alex Spirer join Reuben Schuff at the 32nd annual conference of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) in Baltimore, Maryland. They discuss the NSA’s 2015 Research Symposium and begin by talking about Anne Smith’s presentation from Purdue University on her “big picture view” on the causes of stuttering and her research results in this area. They then discuss Bruce Wampold’s presentation and work on characteristics of effective therapists and successful outcomes of stuttering treatment.

Samantha Wasilu is a speech language pathologist at a private school in Washington, D.C. and works at a private practice in Virginia. She earned her masters in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Maryland-College Park as well as her bachelors in Psychology and Hearing and Speech Science. Samantha is a licensed therapist in Virginia and Washington, DC, ASHA certified, and a member of ASHA’s Special Interest Group 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Samantha’s experience includes working with people who stutter of all age groups, both individually and within a group setting. Her research projects include investigation and treatment of atypical disfluencies.

Alex Spirer is a person who stutters who is attending his fifth NSA conference. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a degree in business. Alex now works in Washington, D.C. as a consultant for a federal agency.

Reuben Schuff is a guest, author and roving host for StutterTalk. By profession and passion he is an aerospace engineer, and also, a traveler, a juggler, a Toastmaster, and a person who stutters. He is a workshop presenter for the National Stuttering Association (NSA) annual conference and is the co-founder of the Raleigh Teens Who Stutter (TWST) chapter of the NSA. Reuben also facilitates and presents with FRIENDS (the National Organization for Young People who Stutter). Reuben is author of Fluency: My Untrustworthy Friend in the StutterTalk book: Stuttering: Inspiring Stories and Professional Wisdom