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12th annual Stuttering Awareness Panel addresses overcoming adversity

Stuttering experts tell their personal histories with the communication disorder and answer questions from Communication Disorder students and their parents and professors on Tuesday in Anspach Hall. Each panelist has stuttered for the majority of his or her life and some emphasize the importance of recognizing the emotional struggles that accompany more overt symptoms and relying on a support system of friends and family. (Katy Kildee/Assistant Photo Editor)

Stuttering experts tell their personal histories with the communication disorder and answer questions from Communication Disorder students and their parents and professors on Tuesday in Anspach Hall. (Katy Kildee/Assistant Photo Editor)

A packed auditorium gathered in Anspach Hall Tuesday night for a panel and discussion recognizing International Stuttering Awareness Day.

This year marked the 12th year the university has hosted the panel.

Hosted by the Communications Disorders department of the College of Health Professions, the panel, comprised of seven members, discussed overcoming the struggles associated with stuttering.

“Stuttering is something about us, but it isn’t who we are,” Division Director for Speech Language Pathology Sue Woods said. “It’s not our fault.”

Students, faculty and staff were all present at the event. Discussions brought light to some of the issues facing those coping with stuttering and helped give advice to those overcoming adversity associated with the disorder.

One Comment

  1. Laura Hansson says:

    I absolutely applaud this conferenece by the Communications disorder department. It is important that people who stutter of all ages know that fluency can be found through speech therapy, though it might take more than one try to do so.

    In terms of children, the best thing is to get a child in front of a speech therapist right when the stuttering starts. Early intervention is a must.

    A great source on stuttering is the website of The Stuttering Foundation (www.stutteringhelp.org) as it is a fountain of information, and also provides free resources to people who stutter of all ages, such as streaming videos and downloadable literuature. The toll-free helpline number of this nonprofit agency is 1-800-992-9392

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