Changing how you think about stuttering.


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Changing how you think about stuttering.




Cherishing Stuttering with JJJJJerome Ellis (Ep. 723)

JJJJJerome Ellis joins Chaya Goldstein-Schuff to talk about stuttering as an heirloom, something "precious and worthy of being cherished." Jerome shares how he came about reframing the inherited genetic trait from something negative to positive and how he makes space for stuttering when times get tough. Finally, Jerome shares some projects he is working on, including the coming of a fantastic book. JJJJJerome Ellis, an artist, and a proud stutterer. Jerome makes music and writes books. He lives in Tidewater, Virginia, with his wife, ecologist-poet, Luísa Black Ellis. They love walking in the woods, reading, and drinking tea together. Links: JJJJJerome's website Instagram


Intersectionality and Stuttering with Dr. Derek Daniels (Ep. 722)

Dr. Derek Daniels joins Chaya Goldstein-Schuff to talk about stuttering and the hats he wears as a researcher, supervisor, clinician, and person who stutters. Dr. Daniels shares his path to researching marginalized identities of people who stutter and the value of understanding intersectionality and stuttering. Dr. Daniels talks about a HIS story, a program for black males who stutter by The Arthur Blank Center for Stuttering Research and Education, and how impactful the experience has been. Some links mentioned: Dr. Derek Daniels National Stuttering Association Conference Camp Shout Out HIS Story


The Stuttering Yips (Ep. 721)

Ward Jarvis joins Dr. Chris Constantino to discuss the Stuttering Yips and the mental side of stuttering. Ward Jarvis is a performance coach on the PGA Tour focusing mainly on the mental side of preparation and execution. Ward has coached multiple pgatour winners and major champions applying a lot of what he’s learned from his lifelong experience with stuttering to the world of high stakes performance. In addition to coaching, Ward is also a full time firefighter in Paducah, KY. Links: Ward Jarvis website Social media: @wjarviscoaching


The Stuttering Time Machine (Ep. 720)

Dr. Chris Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss facing old stuttering patterns, how stuttering has helped with public speaking skills, and the mitzvah of stuttering. Peter Reitzes is president of StutterTalk. Dr. Chris Constantino is an assistant professor at Florida State University. Both Peter and Chris are people who stutter and speech-language pathologist.


VoiceS Unearthed: The Impact of Early Childhood Intervention on Those Who Continue to Stutter (Ep. 719)

Dori Holte joins Chaya Goldstein-Schuff to discuss her newest book “Voices Unearthed: The Impact of Childhood Intervention on Those Who Continue to Stutter.” Dori shares her motivation to write this book, her hopes for the outcomes for parents of children who stutter and speech therapists from reading this book, and how her view of speech therapy has changed over the years. Dori shares the moving experience of interviewing adults and parents for this book; and how she continues to use them to propel her mission forward of spreading awareness of ways to find safer and more effective stuttering resources. Doreen (Dori) Lenz Holte has become a world-wide advocate and influencer since the publication of her first book, Voice Unearthed: Hope, Help, and a Wake-Up Call for the Parents of Children Who Stutter in 2011. Voice Unearthed was inspired by the experiences she had with speech therapy for her young son who stuttered. Her next book, VoiceS Unearthed: The Impact of Early Childhood Intervention on Those Who Continue to Stutter, Holte unearths the voices of 60 individuals, a combination of parents with older children who stutter and adults who stutter, to better understand how early intervention impacted their quality of life. Dori has been a guest speaker to universities both in the United States and internationally. She has been invited to contribute to various podcasts, blogs, and was an honored contributor to the book, Stammering Pride and Prejudice: Difference not Defect published by J&R Press Ltd. in 2019. In addition, the Voice Unearthed Facebook group, facilitated by Dori, is now, at 3,600+ members, the largest online parent support group for this topic in the world Dori lives with her husband, Peter, in Golden Valley, Minnesota. They are parents to three wonderful adult sons and one lovely daughter-in-law – so far. Links: Email: Website: Facebook Group: google Voice Unearthed and it should come up. There are screening questions.


Radical Stuttering: Voice Activated (Ep. 718)

Steve Anthopoulous joins Chaya Goldstein-Schuff to discuss his award winning short film VOICE ACTIVATED, a film about a deliveryman who stutters and is forced to cooperate with a voice activated car. Steve shares what inspired him to create the film, and his personal journey that got him to where he is today. Steve talks about the theme of avoidance and the power of caring about stuttering less and the freedom that came from talking more about stuttering. Steve is a comedy writer and director. His short film VOICE ACTIVATED premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, won best screenplay at Stellar Short Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Short Film by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and Best Short Production by Screen Producers Australia. Voice Activated was a recipient of the Screen NSW Screenability fund. Steve has directed ads for Ausfilm, Netflix and Staples, and loves comedies that find a way to be both fun and meaningful. Links: Trailer Cleveland Film Festival Instagram


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 is the first International arm of SAY, founded in America in 2001 by Taro Alexander. Rich is also the Camp Director at Camp SAY: Australia, Associate Camp Director at Camp SAY in America, and is the Australian Development Chair of the World Stuttering Network established in 2020. Prior to launching SAY: Australia in 2019, Rich lived in Manchester, UK. Rich spent 6 years working as a Psychiatric Nurse, with his work taking him across the UK, Dublin-Ireland, and Wellington New Zealand. Rich completed his BSc studies in Speech & Language Therapy and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuroimaging at the University of Manchester. During his BSc studies, Rich first volunteered at Camp SAY in 2015 as a bunk counselor, and fast forward several years later is now bringing a new approach to supporting young people who stutter in Australia. Links: SAY:AUOfficial Blog of SAY AustraliaInstagramFacebookSAY Morning songs Rich Stephens, President and Program Director email:


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 Hendrickson is a Senior Editor at The Atlantic and the author of Life on Delay: Making Peace With a Stutter, coming January 2023 from Knopf. Life on Delay is a reported memoir that grew out of his Atlantic feature "What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say," which was read by more than 2 million people and named one of the best stories of 2019 by Longform. John has spoken about stuttering, politics, and journalism on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, and at colleges and universities across the country. Before joining The Atlantic, he wrote and edited for Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The Denver Post. He lives in New York City with his wife. Links referenced in the talk for podcast:Life On Delay on Amazon for purchase John’s website John’s previous Stuttertalk, episode 694 John honored at AIS John’s reference to Brayden Harrington on stuttering National Stuttering Association (NSA) - find a chapter here FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter


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 and trauma. He shares his heart, wisdom, and insight, and some steps on how to start moving forward on the path toward healing. Christopher Anderson, a person who stutters and writer, is a longtime member of stuttering self-help community and, this October, will self-publish his first book on stuttering, Every Waking Moment: The Journey to Take Back My Life from the Trauma and Stigma of Stuttering, which examines his through-life journey to self-acceptance from first stutter to fatherhood. He is also an award-winning subject matter expert on national security for the US Government in Washington, DC, where he lives with his family. For more, see Chris's blog: Chris on twitter: Purchase Every Waking Moment: click here. Upcoming book release events: NSA event: AIS book release event:


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 Clinical Assistant Professor and Board Certified Specialist in Fluency at the University of Colorado Boulder. Links: Stuttering Gain by Christopher Constantino from ISAD


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 also one of the co-founders of STAMMA Legal, a network for people who stammer working in the legal industry.


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 of StutterTalk.


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 speaks to why he believes imperfection is beautiful, and how he is facing his fears by speaking about stuttering and creating the Change and Impact Initiative. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, also known as “MKG,” is a professional American basketball player who has played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 2012. MKG first gained national attention in high school as a McDonald’s All-American and was named Mr. Basketball USA. He went on to play college basketball for the University of Kentucky where he and his teammates won the 2012 NCAA Division Men’s Basketball Tournament. MKG was selected as the second overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2012 NBA Draft. He has played for the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, the Dallas Mavericks, and the New York Knicks throughout his NBA career.


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 who stutters who is not viewed as a person who stutters, dating and thriving with stuttering, the physical frustration of stuttering, and so much more. StutterTalk is so proud to have interviewed Taro many times. Click here to hear the full Taro Alexander StutterTalk archive.


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 Pride & Prejudice.