Self-Help Conferences and Change in the Experience of Stuttering: Preliminary Findings and Implications for Self-help Activities

Online self-help activities have improved accessibility for PWS with internet access, but this does not negate the accessibility

issue for those without internet access, those who live too far from, or those who prefer in-person activities.

Numerous studies have recognized that the internet has brought about a number of ways for self-help activities to exist

online for PWS. Research in this realm of online, self-help for PWS has also shown positive benefits.

Some of the current self-help activities that exist online for PWS include the following: discussion groups (e.g. Stutt-L,

Covert-S, podcasts (e.g. StutterTalk, Women Who Stutter, Stuttering is Cool), blogs (e.g. Make Room for the Stuttering, Diary of

a Stutterer), social networking websites (e.g. Facebook groups such as Stuttering Community and Stuttering Arena (Trichon,

2010), video conferencing community websites (e.g. Stutter Social) and smartphone applications that have also been specifically

developed to facilitate communication between PWS (e.g. Stutter Social).

Stutter Social, which formed in 2011, is an organization that has built a video conferencing community website and a

smartphone application to facilitate online self-help activities for PWS.

Trichon, Mitchell & Tetnowski, John. (2016) Self-Help Conferences and Change in the Experience of Stuttering:

Preliminary Findings and Implications for Self-help Activities. ASHA Special Interest Group 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 19, 28-38.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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