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Beyond Stuttering: the McGuire Program

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Beyond Stuttering is a companion book for the McGuire Program, an intensive course and maintenance program for people who stutter. Thousands of people have attended the program since its launch in 1994, with many of them becoming McGuire coaches and instructors.

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Artist who stutters creates beautiful children's book

EllenEarly on, artist Ellen Skidmore discovered painting as a way of self-expression and acceptance. As she says in the artist's statement on her website, "Because of my painting, I have been able to accept the disturbing contradictions and opposites of life itself. I have been able to accept instead of question. It has become my sanctuary."

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Stuttering in Fiction

Dysfluencies bookA review of Chris Eagle's book Dysfluencies: On Speech Disorders in Modern Literature 

Ken Kesey’s 1963 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – made into an award-winning movie – is perhaps the best known example featured in a new book titled Dysfluencies. Researcher Chris Eagle’s topic is “the ways in which disorders of speech and language are understood by modern writers and represented in modern literature” and discusses works of fiction and poetry that depict characters with stuttering, aphasia, and Tourette’s syndrome.

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Jordan Scott: Poet, speaker and person who stutters

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Jordan Scott might be a person who stutters, yet an avoider of difficult words he is not. In fact, his second book of poetry, Blert, published in 2009, was deliberately written to be as difficult for him to speak as possible. Originally from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Jordan is fascinated by the linguistic implications of stuttering as it relates to human communication and sees his work as "a desire to explore stuttering poetically". A reading tour followed the publication of Blert in which Jordan put his stuttering on display in all its glory. The Music Gallery in Toronto featured him that year in performance along with the Elemental Choir.

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Tight Lipped: a Stutterer's Memoir

Amy Bald, a CSA reader and contributor, has self-published an e-Book that is available for purchase on Amazon. Amy Bald lives in Sudbury, Canada and has stuttered all her life. Her e-book, Tight Lipped: a Stutterer's Memoir, documents how stuttering effected her growing up, and her path from a reliance on her mother to speak for her to her development as an independent person. She shares her thoughts about how people who are "different" are treated in society. Download the book here.

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