Stuttering simulation to raise awareness about stuttering


A "Stuttering Simulation" program will be held by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Health Professions Building, room 1255.

At this event, various speaking tasks will be used to allow students to experience a speaking situation that is outside of their traditional speaking style.

"All simulation activities planned are to help persons who do not stutter appreciate the mental or physical effort that a person who stutters may endure," said Sue Woods, who will be facilitating the event. 

Woods is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and is a board-certified specialist in treating fluency disorders.

Along with simulation activities, information will be presented about the nature of stuttering and how listeners can help make those who stutter feel more comfortable. 

"Stuttering is a condition that is manifested by the interruption of the flow of speech, and is affected by cognitive, affective, language, motor, and social factors," Woods said. "It is perhaps the most recognized, yet most misunderstood communication condition."

This is the 17th annual "Stuttering Awareness Week" held by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, which is always held near International Stuttering Awareness Day (Oct. 22). The Stuttering Simulation is sponsored by the Association of Future Speech Language Pathologists. 


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