Outspoken - DVD
This DVD is based on a drama about the challenges of stammering in adolescence. It describes the experience of Danny, a first year High School pupil who stammers. The DVD is available for sale for £15, including UK p&p. For how to order, see BSA shop. It is also in the BSA library.
How important is it to fit in? When is being different a good thing? Danny is funny, down to earth and a great storyteller. He also has a stammer but he's not going to let that get in his way... (more on the story)
As an education resource, the DVD is aimed at Personal and Social Education classes in S1/S2 (Scotland) and features key scenes from the play Outspoken and commentary from young people who stammer. Two 50 minute session plans guide you through the DVD and encourage your pupils to explore issues of citizenship, diversity and self-esteem. Outspoken develops a variety of Health and Wellbeing outcomes from the Curriculum for Excellence.
"This had a very positive impact on pupils' attitudes towards being 'different'. As a result they had a much greater knowledge, understanding of the problems and the need for empathy." Teacher (Trinity High School, South Lanarkshire)
Use by teachers, therapists and self-help groups across the UK
Although the DVD has a particular relevance to teachers in Scottish secondary schools, teachers across the United Kingdom may find the DVD of real interest as it deals with universal themes of difference, diversity and respect. Anyone involved in personal, social and health education, citizenship and equality should find the subject matter and supporting material engaging and interesting.
Speech and language therapists working with teenagers and young adults may find the DVD invaluable, as it deals with the topic of self acceptance.
Likewise self-help groups around the country could do a lot worse than use the scenes from the play, and the associated talking heads clips involving people who stammer, as the basis for a lively group discussion and entertaining evening's viewing.
Funded by: The Scottish Arts Council, Glasgow City Council, Scottish Power, Nancie Massey Trust, W.M.Mann Foundation, The Rayne Foundation, Sylvia Aitken Charitable Trust, and the Saints and Sinners Club of Scotland.
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