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There Has Never Been a Better Time to Stutter (Ep. 717)
Rich Stephens joins Chaya Goldstein-Schuff to talk about his smashing success of Camp SAY Australia, the first-ever sleep away camp for young people who stutter. Rich shares what made the camp experience so special, the power of radical empathy, the unforgettable fun morning songs, and upcoming programming in the land Down Under. Rich Stephens is a person who stutters and is the President and Programming Director of The Stuttering Association For The Young Australia (SAY: Australia), which...
Making Peace with a Stutter (Episode 716)
John Hendrickson joins Chaya Goldstein-Schuff to discuss the release of his new book "Life On Delay: Making Peace with a Stutter." Following his groundbreaking article "What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say", discussed on Stuttertalk in episode 694, on this episode, John fills us in on the past two years of his stuttering journey and how the book "Life On Delay" came to be. John gives us a sneak peek of what's inside the book, and shares how his relationship with stuttering evolved. John...
Take Back My Life from the Trauma and Stigma of Stuttering (Ep. 715)
Chris Anderson joins Chaya Goldstein-Schuff to discuss the release of his book Every Waking Moment: The Journey to Take Back My Life from the Trauma and Stigma of Stuttering. Following his vision set out in episode 466, Chris came back onto StutterTalk to talk about his newly released book. In our conversation, Chris shares why he wrote such a deeply personal book and what he hopes his readers will gain from it. Chris touches on non-traditional topics such as stuttering and mental health and...
Stuttering Gain and the Stuttering Advantage (Ep. 714)
Dr. Christopher Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss what we gain from stuttering and the stuttering advantage. Link: Stuttering Gain by Christopher Constantino
Is it stuttering if the house is not on fire? (Ep. 713)
Dr. Christopher Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss the question: Is it stuttering if the house is not on fire?
Stuttering: Responding to the Loss of Control
Dr. Ryan Pollard joins Dr. Christopher Constantino to discuss the frustration and confusion of the loss of control caused by stuttering. They cover a wide range of topics including what prevents us from allowing ourselves to stutter, making the stuttering experience "less bad" and "worthwhile," using stuttering to make connections with others, what may be gained by stuttering, and how losing control of your body robs one of agency and pokes at the integrity of the self Dr. Ryan Pollard is a...
Is it healthy to work on your stammering all the time? (Ep. 711)
Nicholas Fischer joins Dr. Christopher Constantino to discuss stammering dominating all of one's decisions, stammering as much as you want, and how much one should focus on facing stammering. Nicholas and Chris also discuss different views stemming from issues raised in the previous StutterTalk episode, Stuttering Recklessly: Doing the Hard Work of Change (Ep. 710). Nicholas Fischer is an intellectual property lawyer at London-based firm Marks & Clerk Law and a person who stammers. He is...
Stuttering Recklessly: Doing the Hard Work of Change (Ep. 710)
Dr. Chris Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss stuttering recklessly and doing the hard work of change. Peter and Chris share thoughts on "tough love" in self-help and in speech therapy and the importance of being open with stuttering. Chris Constantino is a speech-language pathologist and assistant professor at Florida State University. Chris co-edited the highly acclaimed book Stammering Pride & Prejudice. Peter Reitzes is a speech-language pathologist in North Carolina and President...
Change and Impact Stuttering Initiative with NBA Player Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Ep. 709)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a professional NBA basketball player, joins Chaya Goldstein to discuss his "Change and Impact Initiative” for stuttering. This initiative is a platform created to improve access to healthcare and expand services and resources for those who stutter. Mr. Kidd-Gilchrist shares his vision for creating change for stuttering through legislation in congress and how he believes the time to act is now when we have a president in the white house who stutters. Michael also...
The Way That You Are Is Not Set in Stone (Ep. 708)
Peter Reitzes talks to Dr. Chris Constantino about how facing stuttering helped prepare him for other life challenges such as weight loss.
Stuttering Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right (Ep. 707)
Dr. Christopher Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss expectations placed on famous people and celebrities who stutter such as President Biden. Dr. Constantino notes that President Biden allows children who stutter to think about being president.
My Beautiful Stutter with Taro Alexander of SAY (Ep. 706)
Taro Alexander joins Peter Reitzes to discuss the wonderful documentary film My Beautiful Stutter which follows five kids who stutter, ages 9 to 18, from all over the United States and all walks of life who meet at SAY, an interactive arts-based program. Taro Alexander - founder of the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) - is asked about a wide range of topics from the film including positive stuttering affirmations, embracing stuttering, the fairly common experience of being a person...
Meet the Stuttering Doctor Who Defeats Discrimination (Ep. 705)
Dr. John Jackson joins Dr. Christopher Constantino to discuss becoming a medical doctor by standing up to repeated discrimination and going on to serve thousands of patients in rural America. Known to some as the "Yankee Doctor," Dr. John Jackson has delivered more than 5,000 babies in rural America and talks openly today on StutterTalk about facing his stuttering and discrimination in medical school and in practice.
Pressure to Be Fluent, Fearless, and Unashamed (Ep. 704)
Dr. Christopher Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss competing pressures placed on people who stutter to be fluent and to also be unashamed and fearless with stuttering. Chris and Peter revisit the Brayden Harrington endorsement video of President Joe Biden and discuss doing Zoom therapy with people who stutter and their families. Chris Constantino is a speech-language pathologist and assistant professor at Florida State University. Chris co-edited the highly acclaimed book Stammering...
What is New and Exciting in Stuttering (Ep. 703)
Dr. Nan Bernstein Ratner joins Peter Reitzes to discuss what is new and exciting in stuttering and updates to A Handbook of Stuttering, which is soon entering its 7th edition.Dr. Bernstein Ratner is asked about updates she and Dr. Shelly Brundage have made to the handbook regarding stuttering treatment, predictors of recovery, brain imaging research, genetics, evidence based practice, and so much more. Nan and Peter also discuss the fluencybank, Lidcombe's impact on the field, and assessment...
What parent would not want their child to be fluent? (Ep. 702)
Dr. Christoper Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss the listener question, "What parent would not want their child to be fluent?" Chris and Peter discuss the questions, "Do we want stuttering to be eradicated?", "Do people who stutter have anything to gain from stuttering?", and so much more. Links: The Last Children of Down Syndrome Natural recovery from stuttering for a clinical cohort of pre-school children who received no treatment StutterTalk Episode 701
What Exactly is Working in Preschool Stuttering Treatment? (Ep. 701)
Dr. Christopher Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss an important 2020 study on verbal contingencies in Lidcombe treatment and the related question, "What exactly is working in preschool stuttering treatment?" Links: Verbal Contingencies in the Lidcombe Program: A Noninferiority Trial Direct versus Indirect Treatment for Preschool Children who Stutter: The RESTART Randomized Trial Lidcombe Program Materials including Manual Demands and Capacities and Lidcombe: Roughly Equal Preschool...
A Frank Discussion about Fluency and Stuttering (Ep. 700)
Caryn Herring and Seth Tichenor join host Christopher Constantino for a frank discussion about fluency stuttering. On this special and fun 700th episode, the crew talk about their own experiences of fluency changing over time, why this might happen, what it means for therapy, and how to discuss it with other stutterers.
Stuttering Association for the Young in Australia (Ep. 699)
Rich Stephens joins Chaya Goldstein to discuss the expansion of the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) into Australia. Rich shares what’s been happening “down under” and some personal points that have kept him going through this demanding and exciting time. Rich Stephens is a person who stutters and is the President and Programming Director of SAY: Australia, the first International arm of SAY: The Stuttering Association For The Young founded in 2001 in NYC by Taro Alexander. Prior...
“Why Can’t You Stutter More Like President Biden?” (Ep. 698)
Barry Yeoman and Chris Constantino join Peter Reitzes to discuss the determination and empathy of people who stutter and the question, "Why Can’t You Stutter More Like President Biden?" Barry Yeoman is a journalist with more than four decades of experience who specializes in in-depth reporting that puts a human face on complex issues. Chris Constantino is a speech-language pathologist and assistant professor at Florida State University. Chris co-edited the highly acclaimed book Stammering...