I am finally on Summer break. Those last few weeks are always such a whirlwind trying to get everything completed. I am sorry if I seemed to disappear from here, but I am sure most of you can relate to the time crunch.
It seems that every school district I have worked for over the years has difficulty providing relevant training for the SLP staff. However, this last year the district SLPs took control over the situation and it was one of our better years. One of my fellow SLPs had sent for the Six DVD Series from The Stuttering Foundation entitled Stuttering Therapy: Practical Ideas for the School Clinician. We were allowed to use our in service funds for the materials and form a study group on our early release days. Considering my stuttering classes were taken over 20 years ago it was a welcome chance for review and updating my methods. For some unknown reason I have a record number of 3 students with stuttering difficulties on my caseload. Anyone else noticing this trend?
I highly recommend this DVD series if you need a refresher for Stuttering Therapy. It addressed therapy with preschoolers all the way to adulthood. It lived up to its title and provided a lot of practical therapy activities. They presented video clips of real therapy sessions which was very helpful. Most of the speakers identified themselves as stutterers which made it even more credible to me.
One of my students was a third grader who appeared to take his therapy sessions quite seriously. I wanted to get him to lighten up a bit. One of the suggestions for identification and voluntary stuttering was to use spray bottles and spray each other when stuttered words were heard. The words could be a real stutter or a voluntary stutter it didn’t matter. I thought this sounded like the perfect activity for the last therapy session. I just happened to have mini water sprayers given as party favors about 10 years ago. Did I mention I never throw anything out because you just don’t know when it will become useful. Well they turned out to be the perfect thing. The picture makes them look bigger than they are. They held about 3 tablespoons of water so we couldn’t get too soaked. You may be able to find something similar where you purchase party favors for children’s parties.
My student couldn’t believe he could spray me. After a few good squirts from my bottle he didn’t hold back. To see his eyes light up and have fun with stuttering made my day. I am sure he will remember it when we start again next school year.