David began speech therapy at the age of 4 with a therapist from the City of Syracuse School District with a diagnosis of articulation disorder. A few years later his speech difficulties developed into a stutter and speech therapy continued until the start of Junior High. David struggled speaking through the early years of Jr/Sr. High and ultimately returned to speech therapy in 10th grade. This time David’s parents sought assistance from the Gebbie Speech Clinic at Syracuse University where David worked with speech therapists until the end of High School. Through hard work David gained control of his speech and attended SUNY Oswego where he flourished. Upon completion of his bachelors he moved to Cortland, NY to attend Graduate School, here his disfluencies increased and his stuttering returned. Since he had great experience in speech therapy in the past David returned to speech, working with a SUNY Cortland student where they focused on self-acceptance. It was here that David was introduced to the National Stuttering Association (NSA). Once school ended David returned to Syracuse where he started attending meetings and taking an active role in the local NSA chapter of Syracuse. It was at these meetings that David met speech therapist Sujini Ramachandar who he continued speech therapy with for the next two years as he prepared for adulthood as a person who stutters. It was Sujini who encouraged David to share his story through public speaking. Today, David continues taking an active role with the NSA of Syracuse and spreads awareness and education of fluency disorders through his story. David works as a not for profit manager and lives in Syracuse, NY.
David promotes education and awareness of stuttering through his TEDxTalk from April 2014.
David discusses the National Stuttering Association with a local news affiliate in 2013.
David details his journey in speech therapy in this 2012 video.
David is a person who stutters as well as a public speaker who specializes in stuttering and fluency disorders. He has over 15 years of experience as a student in speech therapy including time in Elementary School, High School, Graduate School and as a post-college Adult. David draws on his experiences in speech therapy as well as his life experiences as a person who stutters to provide educational and motivational presentations about various speech topics. He is available for in-services, speeches/presentations or consultation in expanding interest and knowledge on fluency disorders. David has presented to various groups including:
Syracuse City School District
Elmcrest Children’s Center
Gebbie Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic