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Why stuttering openly is a good career move

ed Ed Balls

Do you need to give a presentation but are worried about looking and sounding confident? Then take some tips from a top UK politician.

It sounds simple, but telling people that he had a stutter took a huge amount of courage. It has paid off though, because right now, Ed Balls has given himself some breathing space in one of the toughest jobs in UK politics (as the equivalent in Canada of the opposition finance critic).

He puts his newfound openness down to two things.

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Man on 100-day project to raise stuttering awareness

cameron Cameron Francek

Cameron Francek is on a personal mission to talk to 100 people over 100 days. His purpose is to spread awareness about stuttering and educate as many people as possible through engaging with them personally. The U.S. celebrates Stuttering Awareness Week May 12 - 18, and this Detroit, Michigan resident is using it as an opportunity to overcome his own fears, and at the same time helping others understand stuttering better. It is not only to spread the word about a problem faced by millions, but to help himself overcome the tremendous anxiety he felt when talking to people.

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Eye to eye: Stuttering and the gaze

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This is a review of the article, "Avoidance of eye gaze by adults who stutter," from the research publication the Journal of Fluency Disorders., 37 (2012) pgs 263-274.

The research was conducted and documented by Robyn Lowe, Adam J Guastella, Nigel T.M. Chen, Ross G. Menzies, Ann Packman, Sue O'Brian, Mark Onslow. They are with the Australian Stuttering Research Centre and the Brain & Mind Research Institute, both of the University of Sydney, Australia.

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Cutting out the noise: a review

A review of the book: Mindfulness and Stuttering - Using Eastern Strategies to speak with greater ease, by Ellen-Marie Silverman, 158 pages, CreateSpace 2012

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You’re about to order a meal, or maybe introduce yourself. You feel you might stutter. Your mind races away for a moment as you think about the need to make a good impression. You remember the times when you didn’t  - and the consequences if you don’t this time. Then suddenly it’s time to speak. But now you feel a bit disconnected. You stutter- and feel more disconnected still.

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Diversity Outreach Project

mary rose Mary Rose

I am a stutterer and I have accepted my speech. In the past, I have experienced ridicule from individuals and groups. I felt self conscious, inferior and did not see the purpose of my speech challenge. I attended therapy with brief fluency. The turning point in my life occurred when I started the Vancouver Support Group for Stutterers in 1997 and became involved with the stuttering community.

 

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