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Thesis Defense – Hailey Guillot

Congrats to Hailey Guillot for successfully defending her master’s thesis “Medication Use in Adults Who Stutter” under the direction of Dr. Coalson! Her abstract can be found below.

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Medication Use In Adults Who Stutter – Hailey Guillot
Previous studies have associated stuttering with increased levels of self-stigma. Prior research has shown that high levels of self-stigma may relate to increased medication usage. Therefore, in the present study, the authors sought to determine an association between levels of self-stigma and medication usage among adults who stutter. Results suggest that although there is not a significant difference for lifetime medication use between AWS versus AWNS, the self-imposed stigma by AWS could predict the likelihood of medication use.  Findings provide insight into additional pharmacological factors to consider during clinical intervention, and highlight the importance of stigmatized beliefs when addressing the needs of a client who stutters.

The Way We Talk

A sincere thank you for all those who attended and helped to promote Wednesday night’s screening of The Way We Talk.  It was an overwhelming success – 102 in attendance, and the coordinator at the Manship said it was one of the largest turn-outs he has seen for a one-night showing of an independent film.  The movie was inspiring and insightful, plus there was a great opportunity to meet the director: Michael Turner! Anyone who is interested or curious about stuttering should watch it, especially if they do stutter.

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You can go to the page here to watch the trailer, and there are options available to rent/buy the movie online if you weren’t able to come to the showing!

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Watch This Powerful Video about Stuttering

Below is a video from a poet who stutters. Watch as she describes stuttering not as something to hide, but as the most honest part of her and how she knows that she is being heard.

“The struggle for every syllable is a reminder that I have not always had this voice.” – Erin Schick

Cluttering Vs. Stuttering

Cluttering is a fluency disorder similar to stuttering, and individuals who clutter are often misdiagnosed as people who stutter.

Common characteristics of a person who clutters are: irregular rate, unawareness of disfluencies, more typical disfluencies, collapsing or deleting syllables, articulation and pragmatic problems, and abnormal stress, pauses, and rhythm.

See below for a brochure which further differentiates between these two fluency disorders.

https://www.z2systems.com/neon/resource/nsa/File/Brochures/StuttervsClutter.pdf