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Powerful New Film Reveals Emotional Impact of Stuttering


he life impact from stuttering can affect confidence, spontaneity, job perfor-

mance and social interactions. “The need to communicate is so basic that

it affects everything we do,” said Stuttering Foundation’s Jane Fraser, “but the fear of speaking can be so overwhelming that with- out a great deal of courage, it can override the need to communicate.” The Stuttering Foundation produced this

cutting edge film in collaboration with ex- pert therapists, Vivian Sisskin, M.S., from the University of Maryland and Lisa A. Scott, Ph.D., of The Florida State University. A Fresh Look at Stuttering is a 24-minute

video that follows 12 successful adults who stutter through their gradual transformation. They share their personal insights, success- es, failures and the sources of courage they use daily to meet the challenge of stuttering. “I think courage is a necessary component

to effectively deal with stuttering,” said speech pathologist Ben Goldstein, one of the twelve. “We need courage to push through, keep talking, say what we want to say, and let our voices be heard — stuttering and all.”

Watch a clip from this video at StutteringFdn

This is reinforced by everyone in the film,

from Baltimore’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, to homemaker Jenny Maguire, to Brookings Institution’s Bill Gale to en- trepreneur Andy Shallal. Gale leads off the video with the message

that “you are not alone, there is nothing wrong with you. For many years it was terrifying for me to say my own name. You present yourself as an expert, and you sit down at the table, on

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If you remember your original “intro” text

to communication sciences and disorders, it probably was divided into broad sections, such as speech, language, and hearing. Indeed, that was the actual title of my own intro text. In such texts, stuttering was always covered in the section on Speech Disorders. Separating speech, language, and hearing

was conventional for many years, including old record keeping of practicum and class-

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

room experiences for ASHA certification, and is an example of what is now called “modularity,” the assumption that an abili- ty or skill is encapsulated in some way, cognitively or even physically, as in a dis- crete area of the brain. But few scientists these

days are convinced of the modularity of speech, lan- guage, or hearing – these skills overlap in major ways in everyday function. They are also increasingly docu- mented as having impacts Nan Ratner, Ed.D.

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