AIS therapists Mark O’Malia and Heather Grossman collaborated on a submission to the 2020 International Stuttering Awareness Day Conference entitled, “Helping Clients Bounce Back from Microaggressions.” The paper received a remarkable response, and both Mark and Heather have been invited to present on the topic in various forums since then. In addition, it has been shared extensively and has sparked great interest and consideration within the professional and self-help stuttering community. We believe the topic of microaggressions resonates so deeply because it brings to our attention the fact that many of the very well-meaning suggestions and behaviors directed at people who stutter are in actuality conveying negative ideas about stuttering.
To continue the conversation, we are excited to be hosting an open discussion about this very important topic on April 20th from 6:30 - 8:30pm EST via Zoom. While all are welcome to attend this free and open event, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) will have the opportunity to hear from clients about their lived experiences with stuttering, and connect with other professionals to identify actionable ways to move forward in stuttering therapy without inadvertently perpetuating stigma and shame.
From attending this event, participants can expect to take away the following:
1) A greater understanding of the definition of microaggressions, and the many ways that they show up in the lives of people who stutter.
2) Hearing from the lived experience of microaggressions directly from individuals who stutter themselves.
3) Active discussion with other professionals about ways to reflect on the language we use in stuttering therapy.