What is the course about?
This course is for people who stammer and speech and language therapists who want to learn more about the social model of disability and stammering pride in a shared and collaborative learning environment.
What will we cover?
The relevance of the medical model, the social model and neurodiversity to stammering.
Structural, attitudinal, and physical barriers present in today’s society that impact people who stammer across the ages.
How public and self-stigma intertwine to oppress people who stammer
How current approaches to stammering therapy can unwittingly foster the negative viewpoints and narratives around stammering that they wish to counter.
The challenge that the social model presents to current stammering therapy and the opportunities it creates for future development.
The concept and basis of stammering pride.
A discussion around ways people who stammer, speech and language therapists and researchers can come together from different perspectives to help liberate the stammered voice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Define the medical and social models of disability.
Describe the relevance of the social model to our understanding of stammering and stammering therapy.
Reflect on some of the questions and controversies the social model of disability brings to current speech and language therapy practice.
Outline examples of how social interventions could remove barriers to enhance the lives of people who stammer
Describe the concept and basis of stammering pride
Identify and challenge the negative narratives and language often employed when talking about stammering
Outline positive narratives around stammering to clients and society.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for speech and language therapists and people who stammer with an interest in and/or wanting to extend their knowledge of the social model, stammering activism and stammering pride.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is a combination of tutorial input, small and large group discussion and experiential learning. Videos and handouts will be used.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Read Stammering: Pride and Prejudice (2019) Edited by Patrick Campbell, Chris Constantino and Sam Simpson. Published by J&R Press. http://www.jr-press.co.uk/stammering-pride-prejudice.html
Explore e-learning courses e.g. Future Learn course Disability and a Good Life: Thinking through Disability. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/thinking-through-disability.