Stuttering

Rolanda Sylvester,Hour7

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Media Influences

    • Sixth Sense, 1999.The movie "The Sixth Sense" is about a 10 year old boy named Cole who has the ability to see the dead. In the film there is a scene where Cole's teacher asks what had happened in the past and Cole responds that people were hanged there and that he could see them. When Cole's teacher dismisses that information, Cole becomes angry and begins to taunt the teacher, calling him a name that he used to be called because of his stuttering when he was younger. The teacher beome upset and as a result, relapses into stuttering. Later in the movie the teacher is shown speaking without a stutter. The stuttering was very very realistic. (shared by Ed MacDonald).
    -This is a good situation where the teacher had not stutter in a long time but his stuttering came back. A person could stutter then it go away for a while and come back later. Meaning that stuttering is not in the control of the person that stutters which could be frustrating for that person as it was for the teacher.
    • In "Big Daddy", the child (about 5) Adam Sandler is caring for says to a girl in the park (Joey Lauren Adams): "If you don't go home with him (Adam Sandler), I might start to stutter" and then stutters a few words... It was very cute... (personal correspondence, Marty Leisner, June 4, 2000 .
    -In this movie it is a poor way of portraying someone who stutters by saying the boy chooses when he is going to stutter but when a person stutters they can't tell when it is going to happen or choose when it's going to happen.

    Interpersonal Communication

    Who you could talk to about Stuttering


    1. A Speech-Language Pathologist which is a health professional trained to test and treat people who have speech, voice, language disorders. You could be talking about if you have stuttering and they can diagnose you and treat you.
    2. Parents are could be really helpful to talk to. If you think you stutter they can take you to a speech- language pathologist. Then you and your parents can talk about ways on how you guys both can help you improve if you stutter.
    3. Teachers or Friends you could talk to them about ways they can help you to improve. When talking about improving you both can talk about what you guys would do in a situation where the person that stutters starts to stutter in a conversation. Like when they stutter you can encourage them to keep on speaking even though they might not feel like it.



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    Immediate and Long Term Risk Factors

    Immediate Factors

    1. If a person was to recover from stuttering it would be most likely in early childhood.
    2. When a person does stutter it is easier to stutter than to avoid trying not to stutter if avoided you could end up stuttering more.
    3. There are many ways a person who stutters can improve so they stutter less like trying a self help group for stuttering for support which would boost their confidence and have more confidence talking to other people.
    4. For young children treatment from a Speech-Language Pathologist for stuttering may prevent development stuttering from being a long life problem.
    Long Term Factors

    1. For most people who stutter it feels like their stuttering is out of control all the time.
    2. Avoiding dealing with stuttering due to denial or a hope that it will go away tends to make problems worse.
    3. Stuttering sometimes will be accompanied by rapid eye blinks, tremors of the lips, or other movements in the upper body.
    4. Stuttering will or can make people avoid talking in many situations for fear of getting laughed at or misunderstood.

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    Advances

    1. Speech Therapy is to help mostly kids with speech and language disorders. When it's your first time you will probably take a speech test.b This might seem like school which the therapist will practice making correct sound s with you and repeating.
    2. Speech-Language Pathologist is a person trained to test and treat someone who stutters with many other language, speech, voice disorders. Which could help a person who stutters stop stuttering or stutter less. More likely for children than adults who stutter.
    3. Electronic Devices for helping to improve stuttering by reducing stuttering. Most of the devices are used by talking into the device and then the device giving feedback on what you can do to improve or what you did wrong.