Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Excellent CBS News report on stuttering.

Check out this excellent CBS NEWS report on stuttering. (Thanks to Nathan for this link!)

Beautiful report where I agree with 100% of what is said, even the science bit. Anne Smith and Weber-Fox are interviewed and they did an excellent job. They are good scientists, and clear science communicators. And note they did not drum up the early-intervention myth of eradicating stuttering with conditioning.

Congratulation! We should give CBS News an award!


Anonymous said...

"Stuttering emerges in childhood as a symptom that the brain's neural circuits for speech are not being wired normally. For this reason, early intervention is critical, because by shaping the child's experience, we can affect the ongoing wiring process in the child's rapidly developing brain. The longer the stuttering symptoms persist in early childhood, the more difficult it is for us to change the brain's wiring, and stuttering becomes a chronic, usually lifelong problem."
Anne Smith

Anonymous said...

I thought that it was one of the best pieces on stuttering I have heard on a national news outlet in quite some time. Very well done!

Anonymous said...

How does the Lidcombe programme affect the ongoing wiring process in the child's rapidly developing brain?

National Stuttering Association said...

Help for Children and Adults Who Stutter: For 35 years the National Stuttering Association (NSA), which is the largest self-help non-profit organization for people who stutter in the country, has connected kids and adults who stutter to other kids and adults who stutter through local chapter meetings, workshops, on-line support groups and annual conferences in which over 600 people who stutter attend each year! They also offer tons of great brochures, pamphlets and other reference tools for both people who stutter and professionals. To learn more, pls contact them at: www.westutter.org, info@westutter.org or 1-800-937-8888