Josh DeMuth has 14 years in IT. He is a cloud solutions architect for a major web service provider. The covid pandemic resulted in a sudden shift to virtual seminars. If you stutter, you know that was hard. Josh is a "tier 2 qualified speaker" for webinars. Listen as he tells you how he prepares and executes his webinars. Josh is also a Toastmasters veteran and recently chartered a virtual club.
Mallery is an SLP. Michael is a construction supervisor and a real estate investor. Once they started dating Mallery learned the extent of Michael's stuttering. Stuttering was very difficult for him every day. He was avoiding and asking to be enabled. How can Mallery be a partner and an SLP at one time? She is not his therapist but wanted to help anyway she could. It was uncharted territory for her. He was resistant to help for many years. How fast has Michael changed in a few weeks? How has their relationship grown and changed? How courageous is Michael already? You may agree that this story of love and encouragement has applications to parents and teachers supporting a person who stutters.
Bethany Anne Lind is an acclaimed actress who makes her home here in Georgia. I had the pleasure of teaching her to stutter for the award-winning play Carapace- at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. In addition to an extensive live theater portfolio, she has had roles in Ozark, The Walking Dead, The Stranger Things. Streaming now is her movie Blood on Her Name. We discuss how stuttering is portrayed in theater and movies. After decades of tolerance for belittling people who stutter and making stuttering a punchline, we are now seeing a shift in the narrative about stuttering. It is my opinion that the acting and film industry has a responsibility to respect people who stutter. The ADA protects people who stutter against discrimination. The King's Speech and Carapace are two triumphs for people who stutter. Documentaries When I Stutter and My Beautiful Stutter are newer additions to a catalog of better portrayal of stuttering and the impact it has on people. After listening to Bethany Anne Lind, begin enjoying her talent on your television and watch for her in local theater.
Michael Coats is a 48 year old financial consultant. He began to dive into his life long stutter in late 2016. We worked together using CBT and best practices in speech pathology. Michael joined Toastmaster in 2017. He has entered and won a speech contest! Whether meeting with clients and team members in person or virtually, he has a game plan for talking. Listening to Michael's dedication and courage is contagious.
Jewish children typically celebrate a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah between age 12 and 13. They speak in English and in Hebrew in the ceremony. This special event requires 1-2 years of preparation in most cases. For children who stutter, this event can lead to anxiety. Uri Schneider wisely frames this lifecycle event as an opportunity for parents to form an alliance with their child; to make achievable goals and outcomes that align with the wishes of the child. Whether the Mitzvah is virtual or in-person, this podcast will offer helpful advice and strategies. Listen and you will quickly learn that this podcast pertains to all parent/child relationships as it pertains to stuttering.
About Uri: Uri Schneider, M.A. CCC-SLP is a partner in Schneider Speech, faculty at the School of Medicine at University of California at Riverside and host of Transcending Stuttering Podcast. (Uri also received rabbinical ordination at Beis Medrash L’Talmud.) Together with Dr. Phil Schneider, EdD CCC-SLP, BCS-F, Uri co-produced the highly acclaimed documentaries Transcending Stuttering: The Inside Story and Going with the Flow: A Guide to Transcending Stuttering. You can learn more at www.schneiderspeech.com
This podcast is dedicated to Dean Williams, PhD and John Harrison. In 1990, I asked Dr. Williams, "What is the secret to stop stuttering?" and he simply replied, "I'd want to know what I do when I stutter." I was taken back when that was all he said. He planted a seed for me to germinate. John helped me learn the inner thinking patterns during stuttering. John's book has a world-wide audience. https://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster/Infostuttering/Harrison/redefining.html
Tricia is a devoted parent of three boys. In addition to stuttering, her boys all have different varieties of autism. Tricia shares invaluable insight into parenting children with learning differences and stuttering. She is a big proponent of early support and early intervention.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is well known to help pws. Mindfulness and meditation are universally embraced as being helpful with stress and anxiety. Listen as we explore how the acronym RAIN and the 5 Hindrances give insight into anxiety in stuttering. Rae offers helpful tips to become curious and investigate our thoughts and feelings. Rae Houseman works for Ten Percent Happier. Their slogan is Meditation for a Happier and Healthier You. See www.tenpercent.com
Since its release in 2017, When I Stutter has been screened at 13 festivals and it has won seven film awards. John Gomez was asked to watch My Octopus Teacher, on Netflix, to see if his movie on stuttering had parallels to Craig Foster's movie. While travelling for movie screenings, John has met thousands of people who stutter in several countries. Learn what pws have in common no matter where they live on this planet. To watch John's movie visit: www.whenistutter.org
Derek Mitchell, MBA is an IT professional in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a local chapter leader for the NSA and active in Toastmasters. After watching My Octopus Teacher on Netflix, Derek goes deep into the ocean of stuttering. He has replaced shame and avoidance with courage and advocacy for pws.
This podcast is dedicated to the award-winning documentary, My Octopus Teacher. Free diver, Craig Foster, meets and befriends an octopus while navigating the cold and dangerous waters off Cape Town, South Africa. The octopus serves as a shaman of sorts for Craig. People who stutter (pws) can benefit from opening an inner dialogue about stuttering. The octopus is an expert at disguise and camouflage. Avoidance and concealing stuttering leads to anxiety and the fear of talking. I encourage pws to shed the disguises, disclose that they stutter, and live free by speaking up.
After several attempts at previous speech therapy for stuttering, Evan and his parents needed a better approach- a holistic one. Listen to a sample of his blocking on day one and then his speech on day three. Integrating CBT and best practices from traditional therapy, Evan is already on his way to strong verbal skills. You will quickly determine that he really integrated key concepts learned in therapy. Evan's insight and interpretations are beyond his 15 years of age. Back to Jiu Jitsu: grappling, submission, and choke holds are some of the common terms in Jiu Jitsu. Evan explains that you can use finesse to counter the energy of stuttering. He concludes that stuttering is not an enemy but rather a sparring partner that you can maneuver and escape from its tight grasp.
Verbal communication is a big part of Rob's career. Listen to how Joe Biden's stuttering story inspired Rob.
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You can find his article here: https://www.kveller.com/as-someone-with-a-stutter-joe-bidens-victory-means-so-much-to-me/
This podcast will help you begin to uncover and change negative thoughts and beliefs about stuttering that lead us to avoid talking and feel anxiety. David Burns, MD wrote his classic in 1989. It will never be outdated. With the pandemic going on, pws have extra stress and worry. Understanding the Top 10 will help you on your journey to greater comfort talking.
If you stutter, it requires extraordinary patience to talk and to cope with the roller coaster of emotions often connected to stuttering. We have to recover from hardships related to stuttering, remain resilient, deal with impatient listeners, and face a non-stuttering world. If you love someone who stutters, listen and show the patience you know they appreciate. Listen in to hear how to best manage your talking and your emotions.
Sean Khan's story is a modern story for kids, teachers, and parents to hear. Sean, a 23 year-old senior financial analyst with a Fortune 500 company, endured teasing and cyber teasing as a child. Sean speaks English and Urdu. He overcame immense adversity to hit milestones such as speaking at his HS graduation, speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to honor MLK in front of 1,200 people and television, and later raising more than $200,000 for his Atlanta school. Sean tells us how he used to be defined by stuttering but now he gets to define it!
Watch Sean's televised speech: https://youtu.be/0JefyITNkxY
Dr. Lee Reeves is an icon in the stuttering community. He is one of my role models. Lee has navigated stuttering in a fashion that I have admired- and I still do. Lee gives back to the stuttering community in many ways. He has been involved in the NSA for decades. Lee works on committees for ASHA. He has sage advice for pws, parents, and clinicians. Enjoy his wisdom.
It is widely known that people who stutter develop anxiety and fear related to their stuttering. Many are afraid even to introduce themselves. How does this develop in children? What should parents know? What is good speech therapy to deal with fear and anxiety? We must learn to speak for ourselves for the rest of our life. Listen in.
Erin is a 45 year-old social worker (MSW) who helps cancer patients. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to work from home, she had to face a phone phobia that had been dormant like a volcano. The stuttering volcano erupted. For 20 years leading up to the pandemic, she didn't really think about the traumatic stuttering from her childhood. Erin needed immediate and effective results. She had studied Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) years ago and has found it immensely helpful when counseling her patients. I helped her reap the benefits of NLP on herself. NLP is misunderstood and sometimes called "pseudoscience" by critics. NLP changed my life and is helping countless others. NLP is a massive tool box of CBT.
Chase is in sales and marketing. When some teachers discouraged him from participating, he said, "NO I will be standing in front of the class like my friends do." The courageous road that got him there is all there for the listener. Chase gives back to the stuttering community in many ways. Now, he is helping the children of Nashville, TN stuck at home for virtual learning.
What if you had ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, AND you stuttered? Jack was his HS valedictorian and he just finished his undergraduate degree! He will inspire you to fight through adversity and to be your best.
Why do I stutter is the wrong question! If you are eager to change, you ask "how" instead of "why?" People who stutter have a "structure" to their stuttering; oftentimes it is very predictable. An example would be when a server comes up to my table, I take a breath, look away, say several "ums," and then force out the word "h-h-h-hamburger." That is how I stuttered. How I stutter explains specific words and situations we routinely stutter on. Why is a culdesac- you drive in circles- and HOW is the highway to change.
Katie, Alayna, and Tim talk stuttering. Katie, age 25, is now in grad school to become an SLP. Alayna, age 13, wants to follow in her footsteps. We talk about disclosure, shutting down bullies, and going beyond acceptance.
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24 year old Hunter tells us how he is taking on stuttering once and for all! He dropped out of college due to stuttering but intends to jump back in to finish his degree soon. Hunter tells us how he benefited from CBT and speech therapy techniques to overcome his speech phobia. Phone calling, public speaking, and introducing himself are now skills that he enjoys.
Mysteries and quandaries in stuttering: Why do we not stutter when we sing? If someone reads in unison with me I don't stutter! What is masking and how is it I don't stutter when I cannot hear myself? I hear Emily Blunt, James Earl Jones, and Bruce Willis stutter in real life yet I have never heard them stutter when playing a character role! These age-old mysteries are clinically important and can lead research.
Interview with Subbu Chandranathan: a 52 year old IT professional decides to overcome stuttering to enhance his career. Is 52 too old to eliminate anxiety and begin speaking with exceptional control? He will tell you how much he has changed in just 4 weeks.
Diego shares his journey with stuttering that included teasing, bullying, and an extended period when Diego avoided talking. 16 year old Diego is a rising high school junior. Diego is now producing podcasts and has big plans for raising his voice for issues dear to him. Diego tells kids that it is ok to stutter and push back on bullies. He says to speak up in class because what you say is important.