Hi there! My name is Jess and I am a second year graduate student studying speech-language pathology. My clinical placement this semester is at a charter school and I am loving it! We have several young kiddos (K and 1st grade) who are exhibiting stutter-like disfluencies and my supervisor and I have been chatting about forming an informal fluency group with them to help start them on a path of awareness and begin establishing positivity and confidence in their ability to communicate. I have chatted with instructors at my university to help get some ideas about how to structure this group, as this is a new topic for me and my supervisor has asked me to step up and organize the group. So far, I am planning to work through exploration of speech by playing with our voices and using puppets to demonstrate how everyone talks differently, and that’s okay! I might model pseudostuttering with them if we get to a point that I think it’s appropriate. I’m not planning on using any labels unless the kids bring it up and start talking about it because I don’t want to assign them an identity and potentially bring on any kind of self-stigma (it sounds like most of these kids aren’t very conscious of their stutters yet). I would love input about some fun activities that anyone has used with this age group, and suggestions for working with these kids. They aren’t on IEPs at this point – this is just supposed to be a fun little group that meets for 15-30 minutes per week to get the ball rolling for them.
Along with all of that, I am considering working on some parent education about what it means to stutter, along with why I am not planning to implement strategies with their kids at this point. Do you have any article recommendations addressing the detrimental effects of fluency-focused treatment? I want this to be a positive experience for both the kids and their parents – any suggestions or feedback is appreciated!
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