Graduate student Amy on the rewards of helping people who stutter

Amy, a graduate student at Emerson College, talks about the rewards of helping people who stutter.

By |2017-02-19T06:27:10+00:00August 20th, 2009|Friends|4 Comments


  1. Pam August 26, 2009 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Loved to hear this from Amy – grad students HAVE to work with real people who stutter. Its just not the same only hearing or reading about it. She will make a better clinician because of the time she has invested.


  2. Carl August 27, 2009 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    So true, Pam. Not only will this help if Amy wants to work with people who stutter herself, but she’ll need to seek out further training and educational opportunities. Because stuttering is a fairly low prevalence disorder, there aren’t as many opportunities for therapy practice, as people who stutter simply take a smaller percent of the average SLP caseload.

    It was recently shown that the vast majority of school-based SLPs who participated in a national survey were not comfortable working with people who stutter, despite the fact that many of them have kids who stutter on their caseload. This is why it is so incredibly important to work with an SLP with specific experience and interest working with people who stutter.

  3. Pam August 27, 2009 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Yes, I totally agree.I have encounteres some SLPs who are extremely intimidated by stuttering. For the same reasons u cite – low prevalence,and because stuttering is about so much more than speech (very much so in my case). The emotionall complexity often leaves SLPs unsure how to treat or help.
    So I am glad to see SLP students intersted in stuttering get to spend time with u folks and real ppl who stutter.

    I remember the first SLP student I saw – she did not know what to make of my covert stutteringor me, because it so appeared that I did not stutter. Since then, I have learned that I teach clinicans as much about stuttering as they can teach me.

  4. Carl August 28, 2009 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Good comments.

    I learn something new from every person who stutters that I work with. As much as there are commonalities, every person is unique and experiences their stuttering differently.

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