Speaker: Kenneth O. St. Louis, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University
Description: Stories empower those who tell their stories as well as those who hear them. As with so many of life’s conditions, when people relate their individual journeys of stuttering, healing nearly always follows. And others who stutter who hear the stories are often inspired to then tell their own.
The first part of this webinar will discuss ways in which people can tell and preserve their stories: from live presentations or interviews, face-to-face conversations, and written narratives, both public and private. These stories can be private or used clinically. For example, one’s stuttering story can be used in speech therapy to augment typical diagnostic evaluations and to provide individualistic roadmaps to important targets of desensitization and symptom change in therapy.
The second part will focus on healing that occurs from either group therapy or support groups. When folks who stutter, or even their allies who don’t stutter, share with one another their experiences with stuttering or other life difficulties, the associated burdens are suddenly easier to carry. Through group sharing, participants discover ways to change the themes of their personal narratives from defeat and suffering to confidence and empowerment.
• Note: Please register if you can attend the LIVE event only. A recording will be available on our Streaming Video Site for a small fee ($10) within a few weeks.
• Target Audience: Speech-Language Pathologists*, Parents of Children who Stutter, Adults who Stutter
• There is no fee for this event.
• *This course is not eligible for CEUs at this time
Bio: Ken St. Louis, Ph.D., is a mostly recovered stutterer who has spent his 45-year career as a speech-language pathologist working to understand and alleviate the problem of stuttering. He has published and presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stuttering and cluttering.