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A Parent's Journal, Part 3
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 18:16

This is the continuation of a 3 part journal of a mother whose child began stuttering at a young age. Part 1 is here.

May 28, 2013 – Openness

As a person who stutters (PWS) I have learned to be open about my stuttering.  I became involved in self-help groups at the age of fifteen and that was the first time that I started to talk about my stuttering.  I have shared my story with probably 1000s of others through self-help groups, conferences, newsletters and now the internet.  I have also shared my story many times with ISTAR clients and supporters.  I’m an ISTAR success story and am proud of what I have accomplished.  I typically do not announce that I stutter but if I am asked about my speech will happily share my story.  Stuttering and my experiences are just part of my life and I talk about it just like how someone may talk about their experiences playing hockey while growing up.

I have continued with this mindset when talking about E’s speech.  It’s just part of who he is and stuttering is not anything to be ashamed of so let’s talk about it.  Perhaps that is why I am blogging our present experiences.  I hope that by being open and sharing my experiences and emotions that others will find this process easier.

Teens and stuttering treatment
Written by Lisa Wilder   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 17:18


A review of the paper: The Effectiveness of intensive, group therapy for teenagers who stutter
by Jane Fry, Sharon Millard and Willie Botterill, of the The Michael Palin Centre for Stammering, London, UK
published in the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, Jan - Feb  2014, VOL. 49, NO. 1, 113–126

The teen years are critical for development of personality and a sense of self for an individual, and lays a foundation for that young person’s adult life. It is also a time of increased self-consciousness, self evaluation, and social identity.  It is well known that teens who stutter are more prone to social anxiety, and it can be a challenge to provide treatment for them at this critical juncture in their lives.

The role of counseling in stuttering treatment, Part 1
Written by Lisa Wilder   
Monday, 21 April 2014 02:54

sunFor many years, the discussion of personal feelings was not considered to be part of treatment for people who stutter. There has been a shift in the past decades, however, as practitioners start to address the emotional aspects of stuttering with clients. Not everybody in the field agrees with this approach.


Conflicting opinions came to a head in 2012 when a prominent American researcher and Speech-language Pathologist (SLP) wrote an editorial in a professional scientific journal criticizing a trend she saw in the treatment of stuttering children. This trend encouraged the children to accept their stuttering, and focused on reducing negative secondary behaviours rather than the stuttering directly.

What causes stuttering? The Valsalva Hypothesis
Written by Lisa Wilder   
Monday, 14 July 2014 05:56

valsava illustrationA Review of the book Understanding and Controlling Stuttering: A Comprehensive New Approach Based on the Valsalva Hypothesis, by William D. Parry, CCC-SLP. 3rd edition 2013.

William D. Parry is a former trial lawyer whose life has been severely affected by stuttering. Thirty years ago, after trying every method of speech therapy under the sun, he started to research the subject of stuttering himself to better understand the condition and find a treatment that would work for him. Eventually he published a paper in a scientific journal outlining what he saw as the cause of stuttering and a way to control it. In order to have the credentials to perform empirical research and test his hypothesis, he went back to graduate school – this time to become a certified speech-language pathologist.

A Parent's Journal, Part 2
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:29

journalThis is the continuation of a personal journal of a mother whose child started stuttering at a young age. Read Part 1 here.
How stuttering, and the speech therapy sought to treat it, effects the child and the family is discussed. Names are not included to protect the child's identity.

April 16, 2013 – E the Follower

E began a play school program today. He’s been in the program before so I know that he does not talk with the other kids and the teachers have shared that he usually picks toys to play with where there are only one or two other children. He tells me that he is a little shy at school.

The program has a great gym area that he really enjoys. I’ve peeked in the window of the gym to see what he does and he seems to follow the other kids around.  He doesn’t interact with them, just picks a child or two to follow and chases them from activity to activity.  Today I noticed he was following a boy around and copying what he was doing – being the follower.  This boy was not playing appropriately and E was doing exactly what he was doing.  I then heard the teacher tell both boys to stop; I know E knew what he was doing was not good but he just wants to be like the other kids.  I worry about him being a follower or becoming the child that others can persuade to do things that are wrong.

I’m watching E become more withdrawn during social situations and less confident.  It’s so hard to know this is happening and not know how to fix it.


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