Meet My Friend, Amir: Video

Amir is Arabic for prince, ruler or prosperous.

My first question to him is What is your name?


The SLP growing in me wants to point out that Amir, at 3 years old, did exhibit a little bit of stuttering which is quite common at this age. Since I wrote a whole research paper about stuttering you should know that childhood stuttering is the most common form of stuttering and some children eventually grow out of it, while others don’t (for reasons not quite known, only speculated.) Stuttering is considered a fluency disorder, because it disrupts the “fluency and timing patterns” of speech and is characterized by 3 features: prolongations (draggggging out a sound longer than is necessary), blocks (airflow and movement/sound is completely stopped) and repetitions. You may be most familiar with repetitions, as it’s one of the most obvious signs that someone stutters. Repetitions is when “a sound, syllable or word is repeated several times to the point that it interrupts the flow of speech.” We hear Amir saying ‘and, and, and I‘ when he’s telling me about his family, he’s obviously a big talker who wants to share this information with me so I can say his excitement is probably what is causing him to repeat the word “and.” His repetitions occur in a short moment in time and don’t prevent him from getting his point across so I don’t think his parents have anything to worry about at this point. But I would tell his parents to be mindful about it as he gets older, since the longer-term stuttering occurs more in males than females (the last I read the ratio was about 4:1, male to female). [All quotes in this text are from Justice, 2010]

Not like I have the power to go around diagnosing people anyways (just yet), just observing the world around me with more critical/clinical eyes now. Grad School, go easy on meeeeee!!

Another critique I have about myself is that I’m very controlling around children (and in most relationships, as a matter of fact). The video sounded more like an interview than a conversation; I like to be the director. Sometimes certain therapy techniques require we let the children lead and initiate by allowing them time to show us their interests. I wonder if I will have a hard time with this, since I’m always thinking about what to say/ask next, how to lead the child or focus his attention on a specific task…it’s something I’ve been thinking about.

If you’re an #SLPeep, do you find it hard to not go around making assumptions about speech and language difficulties with kids in your family or complete strangers’ speech? How do you keep yourself from not jumping to conclusions?

Feedback welcomed.

Meet My Friend, Amir: Video

The Legends and Their Songs

Here’s my personal compilation of favorite songs by legends who have passed on but whose songs still give me the chills.

Beginning with our most recent lost: Ms. Whitney Houston.

Legend: Whitney Houston

I don’t really need to look very much further
I don’t want to have to go where you don’t follow
I won’t hold it back again, this passion inside
I can’t run from myself, there’s nowhere to hide

Mic Down: February 11, 2012

Track(s): I Have Nothing, Saving All My Love For You, Run to You (click for videos)

Reason: Pure nostalgia. There’s hardly a song of Ms. Houston’s that didn’t stir some deep emotion.

Legend: Amy Winehouse

I love you much
It’s not enough
You love blow and I love puff
And life is like a pipe
And I’m a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside

Mic Down: July 23, 2011

Track(s): Help Yourself

Reason: I’m in love with the beat and the feel of this song. Plus she speaks the #truth, ‘I can’t help you,{bruh}, if you won’t help yourself.’

Legend: Michael Jackson

There’ll Be No Darkness Tonight
Lady Our Love Will Shine
Just Put Your Trust In My Heart
And Meet Me In Paradise, Girl

Mic Down: June 25, 2009

Track(s): Lady in My Life, I Can’t Help It

Reason: I don’t know about you, but I want to be someone’s #1 Lady. The most memorable lady, the muse, the fantasy incarnate. #Ican’thelpit.

Legend: Bob Marley

Oh please don’t you rock my boat (don’t rock my boat)

Cuz I don’t want my boat

to be rocking…

Mic Down: February 6, 1945

Track(s): Sun is Shining, Satisfy My Soul

Reason: Globe Tracing takes much imagination. I listen to the first song in the middle of winter when I want to be transported to a warmer place. Satisfy my soul is a sappy love song, every time I listen to it I imagine a Caribbean breeze on a shared hammock.

Legend: Tupac

When will they let the little kids in the hood play?
I got shot five times but I’m still breathin
Livin proof there’s a God if you need a reason
Can I believe in my own fate
Will I raise my kids in the right, or the wrong way?
Dear mama I’m a man now
I wanna make it on my own, not a handout

Mic Down: Arguable

Track(s): Wonder Why They Call You B#tch, Letter to My Unborn, Shorty Wanna Be a Thug

Reason: Tupac was versatile, I truly don’t think there’s any issue he could not have rapped about passionately. I think like Nas, he was a compelling griot, and rapped about issues, truths, and tragedies that should never be forgotten.

Legend: Notorious B.I.G.

While we out here, say the hustlas prayer
If the game shakes me or breaks me
I hope it makes me a better man
Take a better stand
Put money in my moms hand
Get my daughter this college plan, so she don’t need no man

Mic Down: March 9, 1997

Track(s): Warning, What’s Beef?

Reason: The video for Warning scared the Beejesus out of me. The dogs barking, the ominous feel of it. Especially because back in my day, they actually censored videos. So I didn’t see all the action in the first couple of minutes in the video until I walked in on my uncle watching the uncensored version. (Apparently, now they removed this shoot-out from the video entirely.) And like some rapper said, Thanks to Big, now I know what beef is.

Of course I couldn’t feature all the legends in my short list, but in the wake of the passing of Ms. Houston, I thought I would end this with my favorite show’s rendition of I’ll Always Love You. If you can’t watch the six-minute video, start at 3:34.

What are some of your favorite tracks, perhaps not known by many, from said legends?

The Legends and Their Songs