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Hello everyone,

Do any of you know stuttering SLPs? Or SLPs with tongue thrusts?

I'm someone who stutters (mainly blocks and prolongations) about 5-10% of the time unless I'm nervous or over excited. I also have a tongue thrust that affects my /s/ sounds. Some people I've known for years comment that they haven't noticed it. The head of my local grad school told me it wouldn't be a problem as long as I am able to demonstrate correct technique in therapy. While this may be true, it would still be nice to hear about other disfluent students or practicing SLPs.

Edited by Jenisha G.

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Yes. SLP Stephen is an SLP who stutters! He provides so much great information on instagram.  

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42 minutes ago, speechie264 said:

Yes. SLP Stephen is an SLP who stutters! He provides so much great information on instagram.  

I'll definitely check him out!

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I don’t stutter, but I do have a lateral lisp. I went to speech therapy for it went I was younger, but I still notice it from time to time. However, it hasn’t given me any trouble as an SLPA, because I’m able to correctly produce/teach it in sessions. We also have an SLP at our clinic who stutters, but she is great and has many clients with fluency disorders on her caseload! We did run into a problem with one parent who called her out on her stutter, but it was just an unfortunate circumstance with a not so nice parent. All in all I would think you’d be completely fine! 

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Yes, I just attended a CEU with a fluency specialist and ~35 percent of her utterances was disfluent. We are not robots! I have disfluent moments or mispronounced words as well. When it happens I self-correct and tell my client ( I am an SLPA) or parent that we all make mistakes and the purpose of speech isn't to be"perfect". Parents love this and they tell me the words they cannot say, lol. It allows me to connect with parents more and limit the hierarchy. 

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Two of the three fluency faculty in my program are people who stutter, and I've heard of a bunch of others. I agree with others that you can use this as a strength to help connect with your clients.

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