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ASHA Voices: Lessons Learned From Stuttering Struggles and Beatboxing Sounds

by J.D. Gray
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On this episode of ASHA Voices, soon-to-be 2019 Annie Glenn Award winner Taro Alexander shares what it’s like to grow up with a stutter and how that experience led him to start a nonprofit. Later in the program, you’ll hear from two researchers about their work with MRIs of beatboxers. They’ll tell us what this unusual look at the vocal tract in action could teach us about speech.

We’re less than one month from the ASHA Convention, where Alexander will officially receive the Annie Award for his work starting the nonprofit the Stuttering Association for the Young, or SAY. On this episode, Alexander talks about how lonely stuttering can be, and how SAY provides a community to young people who have stutters.

Later in the program, we’ll hear from the a researcher who is presenting at Convention about what he learned from studying MRIs of beatboxing performances. Joined by a former colleague, they’ll tell us what beatboxing could teach us about speech.

“Why does beatboxing have all of these sounds that speech doesn’t have?” asks one of the researchers, Reed Blaylock, a PhD candidate in linguistics at the University of Southern California (USC). “Why doesn’t speech have all of these beatboxing sounds? If the human mouth can do all of these things, why don’t we all the time?”

The 2019 ASHA Convention is in Orlando from November 21 to 23. Registration is open.

Read transcript for this episode here. 

Meet our guests:
Taro Alexander, The Stuttering Association for the Young
Reed Blaylock, PhD candidate, linguistics, University of Southern California (USC)
Nimisha Patil, formerly USC/ beatboxer performing as “Nimitz Beatbox”

You can see My Beautiful Stutter, a film featuring Taro Alexander, at ASHA Convention 2019.

To hear each episode as soon as it’s released, follow the ASHA Voices page on Leader Live or subscribe to the program with Apple PodcastsSpotify, or Google Play.

Questions or Comments? Email us at podcast@asha.org. Or leave us a voicemail at 301-296-5804. We may include your comment in an upcoming episode.

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