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Student speech-language pathologists’ perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of pseudostuttering and viewing video-recordings of adults who stutter (AWS) as learning tools in developing an understanding of the nature and impact of stuttering

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  • This study explored student speech-language pathologists’ perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of pseudostuttering and viewing video-recordings of adults who stutter (AWS) as learning tools in developing an understanding of the nature and impact of stuttering. An autoethnographic design was used in which we, two student speech language pathologists were participant-researchers. We completed six pseudostuttering experiences and viewed twenty videos of adults who stutter. Reflective journaling was used to record our thoughts, feelings, and reactions to these learning experiences and thematic analysis was undertaken to identify themes inherent in our data. Themes reflected our acquired understanding of the following; (1) the interaction of core personality traits and responses to stuttering, (2) emotional and cognitive reactions to stuttering, (3) the impact of external influences on interactions and conversation dynamics, and (4) the variability in stuttering and its impact on all aspects of life. Our findings indicate that pseudostuttering and viewing videos of adults who stutter lead to a deep understanding of stuttering and deep empathy for individuals who stutter. We recommend that both experiences be used in training clinicians. However, we recommend that the video viewing experience precede the pseudostuttering experience because we believe that first learning about the physical and social impact of stuttering will enrich the pseudostuttering experience.

  • Date created
    2013-06-24
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    Report
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R35Q4RQ15
  • License
    Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International