Virtual Learning by Stuttering Foundation is an online series of interactive workshops with a variety of offerings for speech-language pathologists, parents, and individuals who stutter.

The series includes monthly offerings ranging from clinical training opportunities, to parent education, to a platform for people who stutter of all ages to share their stories. Sessions are moderated by many of the world’s leading clinicians, researchers, and self-help advocates — bringing learning and collaboration to you.

Hope and Healing in Telling and Hearing Stories of Stuttering

Speaker: Kenneth O. St. Louis, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University

Date: Monday, November 29, 2021

Time: 12-1:30 pm ET

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Description: Stories empower those who tell their stories as well as those who hear them. As with so many of life’s conditions, when people relate their individual journeys of stuttering, healing nearly always follows. And others who stutter who hear the stories are often inspired to then tell their own.

The first part of this webinar will discuss ways in which people can tell and preserve their stories: from live presentations or interviews, face-to-face conversations, and written narratives, both public and private. These stories can be private or used clinically. For example, one’s stuttering story can be used in speech therapy to augment typical diagnostic evaluations and to provide individualistic roadmaps to important targets of desensitization and symptom change in therapy.

The second part will focus on healing that occurs from either group therapy or support groups. When folks who stutter, or even their allies who don’t stutter, share with one another their experiences with stuttering or other life difficulties, the associated burdens are suddenly easier to carry. Through group sharing, participants discover ways to change the themes of their personal narratives from defeat and suffering to confidence and empowerment.

Details:

  • Note: Please register if you can attend the LIVE event only. A recording will be available on our Streaming Video Site for a small fee ($10) within a few weeks.
  • Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists*, Parents of Children who Stutter, Adults who Stutter
  • There is no fee for this event.
    *This course is not eligible for CEUs at this time

Bio: Ken St. Louis, Ph.D., is a mostly recovered stutterer who has spent his 45-year career as a speech-language pathologist working to understand and alleviate the problem of stuttering. He has published and presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stuttering and cluttering over his career. Now, as a professor emeritus at West Virginia University, though retired, he remains active in research on understanding and alleviating negative public attitudes toward stuttering. Among his numerous awards, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Fluency Association.

Mid-career, he re-discovered something that he experienced as a college student and as a stuttering client, that is, sharing one’s own story of stuttering in a supportive environment provides healing in ways that even the best therapy strategies rarely achieve. Individual and unique stories of stuttering, became the raw material for a 2001 book entitled Living with Stuttering: Stories, Basics, Resources, and Hope and its recent 2021 second edition..

Ken spent two and half decades leading a support group for stuttering. He also published in 2021 a guide for leading support groups—or group therapy, In the Company of Friends: Group Support for People Who Stutter. The book features over 100 theme-driven plans for group sessions.