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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.

Join us to watch “The Way We Talk”

On behalf of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at LSU, along with the Manship Theater, it is our pleasure to invite you to a unique theatrical event in Baton Rouge.  On April 19, 2017, the Manship Theater will host a screening of The Way We Talk – an autobiographical documentary about life as a person who stutters.  This is a one-time event and a unique opportunity to speak with the director Michael Turner about the practical and personal challenges one encounters as a person who stutters.  Mr. Turner and Dr. Coalson will be available for a Q&A after the event for anyone with a personal interest in stuttering, a professional interest in stuttering, or simple curiosity about the limits of human communication as it begins to falter.

In addition to the 2 CEU hours SLPs can earn from attending, the documentary offers a valuable insight into factors “beneath the surface” that may challenge the popular perceptions and treatment of those who stutter.  I highly recommend it for SLPs, as well as any adults who stutter or parents of children who stutter that you may know.  It’s an opportunity to change what you know, or what you think you may know, about stuttering, and also a rare opportunity to see an indie documentary that otherwise would not have made it to Baton Rouge.

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