ISSN: 20570341
First published in 2016
2 issues per volume
Volume 2 Issue 1
Cover Date: March 2017
Children who stutter find their voice onstage and off: The SAY approach to stuttering
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Authors:  Ellen Mareneck 
DOI: 10.1386/jivs.2.1.45_1

stuttering,attitudes,children,adolescents,support groups,camp,performing arts,speech therapy

Children who stutter (CWS) face enormous challenges: from bullying and peer rejection to embarrassment, shame and despair. Often these young people shut down and retreat into silence. The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY), a nonprofit organization in New York City, is dedicated to improving the lives of CWS. SAY uses the performing arts, speech therapy and a sleep-away camp to create community, nurture the individual, and advocate for CWS through education and performance. This article examines SAY as a therapeutic model for Children and Adolescents Who Stutter. SAY’s three-pronged approach of empowerment, education, and support provides CWS with a much-needed community in which they find self-acceptance, communicative confidence, and the courage to achieve their goals.
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