September 5, 2023

Dr. Laura Wilson, Associate Professor at The University of Tulsa, and her former graduate student and collaborator, Gabrielle Cozart, M.S., CCC-SLP, join host, Sara MacIntyre, M.A., CCC-SLP, to discuss their recent study published in Perspectives: 'Strategies for Teachers to Support Children Who Stutter: Perspectives of Speech-Language Pathologists.'

Laura and Gabby walk us through their motivation for documenting ways teachers can help support children who stutter in school from the perspectives of SLPs. They share their perspectives of various suggestions, go deeper into the nuance and individualized nature of supporting students who stutter, and share important clinical insights and suggestions for teachers in a comprehensive and thoughtful way.  Above all, they emphasize how teachers can support the communicative competence, confidence, and comfort for students who stutter in a way that meets students where they are. While at the same time also empowering  school-based SLPs and teachers to grow their knowledge and expertise in stuttering to best support their students.  A very timely back-to-school episode that would be beneficial for teachers, school-based SLPs, parents, and beyond!

Article discussed from Perspectives, February 2022:
Strategies for Teachers to Support Children Who Stutter: Perspectives of Speech-Language Pathologists

Resources mentioned:

    Stuttering Foundation's Teacher Page
    FRIENDS: The National Association of Young People Who Stutter
    Teacher page on FRIENDS

Contact Information Discussed:

    Email Ellen through 'Ask the Stuttering Foundation'
    Contact Sara with any comments or suggestions:

Dr. Laura Wilson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Tulsa. She teaches a graduate course in stuttering, has established a local chapter of a support group for children who stutter, and is a co-founder of OAKS- the Oklahoma Affiliates for the Knowledge of Stuttering- which is  a special interest group for professionals in the state who work with people who stutter. She enjoys learning with and from people who stutter, and has been fortunate to work with fantastic colleagues and students in speech-language pathology who are interested in stuttering.

Gabby Cozart, M.S., CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in Arkansas. She has worked in school-based and pediatric outpatient therapy settings. Her interests include stuttering, executive functioning, and literacy.