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Perceptions of Children who Stutter Regarding the Use of the Teasing and Bullying (TAB) video

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  • Background. Children who stutter are teased and bullied. Langevin (1999) developed the Teasing and Bullying: Unacceptable Behaviour (TAB) program for use in schools. The TAB program includes a videotape that discusses teasing and bullying and provides information that educates students about stuttering. Purpose. Although the TAB video was developed in consultation with children who stutter, their views on how the video should be used in their classrooms and schools have not been systematically investigated. The goal of this research project was to learn how children who stutter think the TAB video should be used. Method. This study examined archival data collected from 40 children who stutter who were in treatment. After watching the TAB video, the children completed a questionnaire that asked whether they thought it was a good idea to show the video to other students, whether they would want the video to be shown in their school and/or classroom, and whether they would like to be present in the room or not when the video was being shown. Closed and open questions were used. Results. This study found that 97.1% of participants think it is a good idea to show the video to as many students as possible, of which 88.9% preferred to be in the room if the video was shown. Thematic analysis of qualitative responses indicated that the majority of children wanted the video shown in their class because there were bullies in their class and it would show bullies what it feels like to be bullied. Conclusion. Overall, the results suggest that the use of the TAB video in schools is supported by children who stutter.

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    Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International