Dear stuttering kids around the world,

Hello, my name is Tristian, I am 9 years old and I am in the fourth grade at C. C. Pinckney Elementary School, on the Army Installation of Fort Jackson! Last year I wrote a letter to the Stuttering Foundation explaining my thoughts on stuttering in MY world. This year, I have decided to write another letter keeping you, the reader, up-to-date on my stuttering journey with my speech and language pathologist Dr. A.!

Last year my letter focused on how I went about identifying my stuttering moments with my therapist. I spoke about being a reflective communicator and problem solver. I talked about how I was a detective looking for patterns and clues in my speech, and how easy onset was a helpful strategy, for me. This year I am still a detective, but my critical thinking and problem solving skills have pushed me in the direction of…INVENTOR! All inventors and creators must first be able to identify an area of need and then design a product or plan that others can use successfully. This year my therapist and I have worked very hard to develop an invention that we hope you find to be successful. We are calling it the “Stuttering Adventure Blueprint” also known as S.A.B.!

When we were thinking about a name for our invention, we thought about how stuttering changes from day to day, minute to minute. I guess you could say, stuttering is an adventure! Now, the word “blueprint” came from thing about plans, in general. We decided to look up the definition of blueprint in the dictionary to see if it would be a good fit for our invention.

Blueprint: Noun; a guide for making something, a design or pattern that can be followed

How PERFECT is that word? You will have times when you don’t know what to expect and you may have surprises around every corner of your day…everybody does! However, we hope that the Stuttering Adventure Blueprint, or S.A.B., can serve as a guide for smoother speech and reflection.


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