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Stop using the word "fluency" when talking about "stuttering"

For years, speech-language pathologists have used the word "fluency" when talking about people who stutter. In this series of vlogs, Seth Tichenor, Christopher Constantino, J. Scott Yaruss, and Nina Reeves challenge viewers to rethink the use of the word "fluency" when talking about stuttering.

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The ICF Model and how it relates to stuttering

The ICF Model and how it relates to stuttering

Here is another blog you have been asking for! What is the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) model from the World Health Organization? We recently posted information on our Facebook and Instagram feeds and you asked for us to create a shareable space for it. So, here we go...

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Is it true that stuttering can’t be cured after age 7?

It is generally recognized that early intervention is best for children who stutter. But what does it mean if the child is still stuttering as he approaches the school-age years? Dr. Yaruss talks about the misunderstandings caregivers can experience when their children who stutter transition from preschool to early elementary ages.

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Stuttering Microaggressions: What SLPs Need to Know

A few months ago, we posted the information on our Facebook and Instagram accounts regarding the microaggressions that those who stutter face every day in their communication environments. The feedback we received on these posts has been tremendous, and you have told us that this topic was thought-provoking and helped to change the way you see yourselves as allies of those who stutter.

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My Student Seems to be Gasping for Air!

My Student Seems to be Gasping for Air!

Speech-language pathologists often ask about children who stutter or have fluency concerns who exhibit “audible inhalations” or gasp for air when engaged in conversational speech. In this blog post, we address 3 scenarios for when and how we might address appropriate breathing strategies in stuttering therapy.

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It's (almost) NEVER breathing in stuttering therapy!

It's (almost) NEVER breathing in stuttering therapy!

Ready for another rant? This one is about all of the breathing exercises that well-meaning family members (and clinicians) put people who stutter through. The bottom line? 99.99% off the time, people who stutter do not need to change the way they breathe!

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Is stuttering increasing during the pandemic?

Is stuttering increasing during the pandemic?

Many speech-language pathologists have reported an increase in referrals for stuttering since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Many people who stutter have also reported that they are experiencing an increase in the frequency and severity of stuttering since the spring of 2020. What's really going on? Is COVID causing more stuttering? Read on to find out!

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VLOG: What's New for ASHA 2019?

Our Stuttering Therapy Resources team is scurrying and getting ready for ASHA 2019! Find out about some of our great new resources for assessment and treatment for children who stutter and their families launching at ASHA this year!

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