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Five highlights of the 2014 NSA conference

Casey (2nd from right) and conference friends Conference attendees at a tour of the Capitol Building

No, not the National Security Agency – I’m not a spy. It wasn’t the National Speakers Association either, although, funnily enough, it did hold its conference during the same time.

Last week, I attended the 2014 National Stuttering Association (NSA) conference in Washington, D. C.

Almost 1,000 folks worldwide – including people who stutter (PWS), their loved ones and speech-language pathologists – gathered at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown D.C., making it the NSA’s largest conference.

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My trip to Washington for the NSA conference

On the terrace of Washington's Newseum On the terrace of Washington's Newseum

The 2014 NSA Conference was a huge success. It took place in the beautiful and historic city of Washington, DC, and was the biggest conference ever with just over 970 attendees. It was my first time at the conference and was a truly memorable experience. There were many interesting people to meet and talk to, things to do in the city and interesting workshops and social events to attend.

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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.

The role of counseling in stuttering treatment, Part 1

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For many years, the discussion of personal feelings was not considered to be part of treatment for people who stutter. There has been a shift in the past decades, however, as practitioners start to address the emotional aspects of stuttering with clients. Not everybody in the field agrees with this approach.

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Learning to fly

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I was born in 1972 and raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, Canada. As a very young child I knew my alphabet and was very well spoken, but about the age of 6 something happened. My parents describe it as almost an overnight change in which I was no longer able to get words out. My speech was paused, interrupted, and uncomfortable. This was devastating to my parents and family.

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