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Hiten posts about 5 common (stuttering) mistakes.

February 14th, 2009 No comments

Hiten has a good post about the 5 Common Mistakes PWS Make.  A quick read that’s worth your time.

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Episode 24 of the Stuttering.Me micropodcast is up

February 12th, 2009 No comments

Episode 24 is up.  More on drugs & stuttering, Tom’s revised theory on the demands & capacities model, and excerpts from a pretty cool interview…

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Yet another publication on drug-induced stuttering

February 11th, 2009 9 comments

It has been reported that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, phenothiazines, olanzapine, clozapine and risperidone can induce stuttering.  This study reports that phenothiazine antipsychotics (chlorpromazine, trifluoperazine, and fluphenazine) also can cause the stuttering phenomenon in some patients.

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I don’t even know where to begin, so I won’t even try.

February 11th, 2009 2 comments

I don’t even know where to begin, so I won’t even try.  Looks like it was written in English, converted to another language, then re-converted back into English.  But even if you can get past the language, the content is… well, [Helping Children Handle Stress, Emotions Helps Stuttering]

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Episode 23 of the Stuttering.Me micropodcast is up

February 10th, 2009 No comments

Episode 23 is up.  Topics include the subjective nature of stuttering “severity” and “effective communication.”

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Episode 22 of the Stuttering.Me micropodcast is up

February 10th, 2009 6 comments

Episode 22 is up.  A 5 minute review of the grad stuttering class.  In short, there is an entire group of stuttering theories that (at their core) believe that stuttering is cause by anxiety.  And this is really a personal character flaw, because people who stutter can’t “take the pressure” and breakdown under stress.  I’m not easily offended, but such prejudice remains tough for me to swallow every day.  And unfortunately, many an SLP (as well as society) continues to believe these (lies).  But if you’re a listener, you won’t (both on a cognitive and emotional level)!

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Stuttering severity cannot be quantified…

February 10th, 2009 No comments

Slow stuttering news week, and I’ve got time for a rant/commentary…

Stuttering is just about the most confounding, backwards, antithetical, obtuse, confusing pathology out there.  (I think you get the point.)  A good example is how “severity” is rated.  And this concept befuddled me for years.  Why–because it’s obvious, silly.  The more someone stutters, or the more “severe” someone stutters, the more severe they are, right?  I can measure these things.

Well, kinda sorta, but not really.  What people lose sight of is that the science of stuttering is so confounded that to try and empirically account for the disorder would be to miss the forest from the trees.    We’ve been trying that for decades, and with no forward progress whatsoever.  (Seriously, are we that far off–therapeutically–then where we were in the 1930s?  Regretably, no.)

So the better way to view stuttering is to try and quantify the stuttering experience.  The subjective, rather than the objective/empirical.  So the better question is, how severely does stuttering impact one’s life.  Does stuttering make their life decisions for person, or does the person make their life decisions for themself?  I have now come to the realization that the concept of stuttering severity is intertwined with one’s quality of life and life oppurtunities.

Russ Hicks’ almost discusses this concept in his paper “How bad do you stutter?

But what will really tweak your noodle is the concept of power.  We can feed stuttering, grant stuttering more power and authority over our lives if we acquiesce to it.  And this may be a process or plateu on the journey to living in peace with stuttering.  At first, stuttering has power over us.  Then, we learn to take this power back.  And at some point, we may recognize that we gave stuttering the power over us in the first place.  But I digress…

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Episode 21 of the micropodcast is up

February 9th, 2009 No comments

Episode 21 is up.  On the 5 stages of grief, and if/how it can apply to stuttering.  (Actually posted early this morning; just didn’t have the time to post about it.)

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Yet another successful / influential person who stutters

February 8th, 2009 No comments

Bob Love: an incredible life story and an incredible read.  Definately worth your time.

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Another great example of the unfounded negative prejudicial stereotype about stuttering

February 7th, 2009 3 comments

So there’s this greedy, aggressive marketer of snake oil and lies as it pertains to stuttering.  And he tries to “game the system” and artificially raise his google rank by posting a bunch of bogus “articles” (and links) on a bunch of bogus web site blogs about his bogus (for-pay) therapy that is devoid of scientific merit or evidence.  So I really despise even linking to him, as it may give him more traffic.  But the following example is just too perfect an example of the utter stupidity (if not greedy lies) that still run rampant across the globe.  Snake-oil salesman writes: “Stuttering and brain problems are often being interrelated by the various studies which have been conducted about the topic. Although nothing has been proven yet as a strong evidence or proof as to the relation, there are different studies that point to the disfigured area on the brain’s anatomy that controls speech as the one responsible for the stuttering.  Although aside from brain problems, stuttering can also be rooted to emotional dilemma and baggage.”  Please resist the temptation to click on the link; he does not deserve the attention.

This is classic pseudoscience.  I hardly know where to start on this one.  His therapy is devoid of merit, and it is counter to the most recent data.  So he acknowledges the existence of the most recent data, cites that it hasn’t been “proven”, and then brings up prejudicial talking points from 80 years ago.  First off–nothing in science is “proven”.  There are theories that predict nature’s reality, and those theories can “hold” until they are falsified.  Nothing is ever, ever “proven.”  Second, if the most recent data isn’t “proven”, the liar immediately assumes that his snake-oil is “proven”.  It’s not, he’s merely trying to discredit a contrary perspective while not holding his own to the same standards.  Look at what else he’s doing–he’s introducing fear, uncertainly and doubt (FUD) by citing that stuttering is caused by emotional problems.  Now–if you’re a parent of a kid who stutters, how are you going to interpret this?  Easy–I’m a bad parent inflicting emotional distress on my child, therefore I am causing them to stutter.  As a result, I need to pay this guy to try and ease my cognitive dissonance and feelings of guilt.

The truth is that bad therapy hurts people.  It reduces their quality of life (and the parents’ quality of life) by adding emotional baggage and density to the stuttering iceberg.  The perpetuation of these myths (if not outright lies) is detrimental (if not oppressive) to our people.  Reject these messages; they’re not founded on any kind of peer-reviewed replicatable findings.  Not only that, belief in these lies eats at one’s soul.

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