I am earning my masters in speech-language pathology at Touro College. I am taking my first fluency disorders class this semester, and I love it! As part of our midterm grade our professor asked us to do a project in which we must stutter in a public place, with a stranger for at least 5 minutes. I completed this assignment and was astonished by some of the responses I received! Some people I encountered were empathetic, while others were cruel and completely inappropriate in the way in which they responded to dysfluent speech.
This was an extremely enlightening experience for me! It allowed me to enter the world of a PWS, and truly understand what they have to deal with on a daily basis.
The question that I am possing is do you think ASHA would ever consider making this a requirement in the certification process? We often times have students and adults on our caseload who have fluency disorders. But we never truly understand what they go through, this would give us a better insight to our clients feelings and emotions, and perhaps better assist us in our delivery approach for PWS.
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