New Film Teaches About Stuttering…and Life Many clinicians who specialize in stuttering have marveled at the strength, courage, and growth people show as they struggle to overcome the challenges associated with their stuttering. One of our colleagues, Dr. Phil Schneider of Queens College (NY), has done more than just marvel. Over the past 20 years, ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2004
New Film Teaches About Stuttering…and Life
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  • J. Scott Yaruss
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Article   |   October 01, 2004
New Film Teaches About Stuttering…and Life
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, October 2004, Vol. 14, 13-14. doi:10.1044/ffd14.2.13
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, October 2004, Vol. 14, 13-14. doi:10.1044/ffd14.2.13
Many clinicians who specialize in stuttering have marveled at the strength, courage, and growth people show as they struggle to overcome the challenges associated with their stuttering. One of our colleagues, Dr. Phil Schneider of Queens College (NY), has done more than just marvel.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Schneider has recorded, collected, and transcribed more than 900 hours of videotapes of his work with people who stutter. He has collected these life stories into a new film, set to debut at this year’s ASHA Convention in November.
“Stutter Free—Transcending the Challenge” was created to educate the world about stuttering and to teach universal principles about life,” says Dr. Schneider (personal communication, August 27, 2004). The central focus to show how “our challenges ultimately define us.” The primary audience for the film will be “people who stutter and those who love them, including speech-language pathologists,” he said. Viewers will learn that “it is never too late to overcome challenges” and that we are never alone in facing those challenges. Dr. Schneider adds that the film will also serve as “a great educational tool for undergraduate and graduate courses in stuttering” and “a clinical tool for motivating and opening a dialogue about clients’ thoughts and feelings,” and it can be used to help children learn about shame, differences, and prejudice.
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