Since this college essay by Daniel Altman was first published on the Stuttering Foundation’s website a few months ago, Filmmaker Magazine and other websites have featured it. Daniel will be attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where he plans to study International Relations and Film.
By Daniel Altman
The workshop elevated my confidence in my stuttering therapy with adults, and has given me new and concrete tools which enriched my view and approach, even technically. Insisting on describing a situation through Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) cycles has made a real difference. Also, since then I have been doing Parent Child Interaction therapy, which I have never done thoroughly. I enjoy the process and it has been showing results.
The temptation to rely on media screens to entertain babies and toddlers is more appealing than ever, with screens surrounding families at home, in the car, and even at the grocery store. And there is no shortage of media products and programming targeted to little ones. But a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there are better ways to help children learn at this critical age.
By Sillogos Travlismou
In May 2011, a group of PwS in Greece took the initiative to form an association for Stuttering. This initiative came from the need to support PwS and the need to create awareness to the general public.
By June Campbell, M.A., CCC-SLP, BRSFD
They came from near and far, the young and the old, those unfamiliar with the Stuttering Foundation, and those very knowledgeable about its literature and mission.
Attendees at the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference held in Boston, October 2011, represented fourteen countries and thirty-three states.
By Julie Raynor
In August 2011, 60 speech-language pathologists, graduate students and young people who stutter (ages 8-16) attended the inaugural session of Camp Shout Out held at Pioneer Trails Camp on Big Blue Lake near Muskegon, Michigan. Camp Shout Out is an intensive speech therapy and recreation program for young people who stutter and a hands-on CEU training opportunity for speech-language pathologists and graduate students.
Dennis Drayna, Ph.D., has served on the Stuttering Foundation Board of Directors since 2006. He is senior investigator at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health.
His current research focuses on using genetic methods to identify the underlying causes of stuttering.
February marked 50 years since John Glenn blasted off to orbit the Earth. Glenn, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, is an American hero. But he has his own hero — his wife, Annie.
Author and CNN contributor Bob Greene recently wrote on CNN.com about Annie’s struggles with stuttering. “Her stuttering was so severe that it was categorized as an 85% disability. Eighty-five percent of the time she could not manage to make words come out,” Greene explained.
Lead singer for the rock band Hello Kelly, Francois “Francy” Goudreault, Jr., was also honored by the Stuttering Foundation. In Hello Kelly’s song Communication Breakdown, Francy and his bandmates have set to music the struggles 65 million people around the world live each day. Francy’s message and achievement amplify hope for a new generation of people who stutter. Hello Kelly is a feisty alt-rock band from Orangeville, ON.
Sept. 2011 — St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, was the perfect setting for numerous outstanding presentations by experts in the field.
The Stuttering Foundation provided continuing education credits for the conference, which was sponsored by the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, endorsed by De Montfort University, Leicester, and organized by Elsevier.