Since my return to the American Institute for Stuttering, I've been badgering the AIS staff about possible topics for new blog posts. I recently heard Amy Strekas share about her interest in shyness and its relation to people who stutter. So, naturally, I jumped on the opportunity to pay it forward to the AIS Blog. Thanks for sharing, Amy!
Written by: Amy StrekasLet me be clear. Stuttering doesn’t cause shyness. And shyness doesn’t cause stuttering. However, sometimes children present with both, and the two traits interact with one another. So, I did some research to learn more about shyness in children to improve my therapy with young clients who presented with both traits.As a part of this process, I read a book about shyness in children. The book’s premise is that shyness is not a disorder. It describes how shy children often have very admirable qualities: they are good listeners, they have long attention spans, and they are good at entertaining themselves when alone. On the other hand, shyness can limit a child’s life in certain ways – socially and academically. The author provides tips for parents to help shy children gain confidence to express themselves with interacting with others. I found the book to be insightful, well written and clear. I highly recommend it to anyone working with a shy child.
Atlanta Clinic Director, Board-Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders
Carl is our Clinic Director for the Arthur M. Blank Center for Stuttering Therapy in Atlanta, GA. He joined AIS in New York in 2006 and worked closely with our founder, Catherine Montgomery for nearly five years. In 2016, he moved to Atlanta to open our first satellite office.