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This Child Isnʼt Fluent — Is It Stuttering Or

Something Else? I will start this column by

By Nan Ratner, Ed.D. University of Maryland, College Park

telling a story. Because I have specialization in

child language disorders, I am often approached by therapists who have school-aged chil- dren on their caseloads who seem to need both fluency and lan- guage services. A number of years ago, I was struck by how many chil-

Nan Ratner, Ed.D.

dren appeared to have these dual di- agnoses, and also by a common theme that emerged when the child’s therapist (SLP) approached me for input: that the majority of these cases didn’t seem upset by their flu- ency “problem,” which frustrated a number of approaches that the SLP wished to take with the child. Given my experience working in

the area of childhood stuttering, I was somewhat dubious that an older child would in fact be obliv- ious to the stuttering, so I started to ask additional questions, including asking the SLP to imitate the be- havior that concerned them and/or the child’s parents. That turned out to be very in-

formative. Almost without exception, SLPs

imitated repetitions of sounds, words and phrases, some “drawling” Continued on page 14

Theyʼre Back

It has been 11 years since Stuttering: For Kids, By Kids. Hereʼs an update on four of the kids featured in the video.

By Nancy Ribbler, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-F

It has been a decade since I

first watched the original video, Stuttering: For Kids, By Kids. I have been using this video in therapy on a regular basis with my school-age clients. Now, 11 years later, I have just watched the sequel — For Kids, By Kids: All Grown Up, showcasing four of the children featured in the original video. As I watched All Grown Up, I

was touched by the honesty and wisdom shared by Naomi, Daniel, Tommy and Umang. They spoke about their experi- ences with speech therapy, parent involve- m e n t , dealing with at- t i t u d e changes

and the challenges that go along with being a person who stutters. I loved learning about their

journeys from childhood to adult- hood and even needed a tissue at the end to dry my tears. But I wondered... could this follow-up video help my clients deal with some of their own challenges? I decided to find out and

asked some of my clients to be DVD reviewers. I created a video critique form and used it as a therapy activity with my 4th and 5th grade students, as well as two of my private clients—a 15 year-old teen and an adult client. I asked them to watch the

video and give me their honest feedback. How did they con- nect


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