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My Voice
Written by Richard W. Lutman   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:16

Ignorance is something that is ever present in today's society, and throughout life we will have to overcome stereotypes and ignorance in all forms. Its that same ignorance that started wars, tore apart families, and caused segregation because we are different. It is the same ignorance that has placed fear in us yet made people take a stand for a better tomorrow, a better today. It's that same ignorance that a lot of us who stutter face everyday, and strive to rise above it and the stereotypes.

Review of "the King's Speech"
Written by Daniele Rossi   
Saturday, 11 September 2010 06:47

Kings speechI had the pleasure of attending the screening of "The King's Speech" last night at the Toronto Film Festival and enjoyed every minute of it.

The movie is about the unlikely friendship that forms between shy, stuttering King George VI (played by Colin Firth) and Lionel Logue (played by Geoffry Rush), his speech therapist. The latter helping the former find his voice. Even King George VI shared our familiar self-doubt: "How can I be king and lead my people with a stammer?"

Stuttering has social consequences, even for 3 and 4 year olds
Written by Jaan Pill   
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 13:19

Please note: this is a report on, not a republishing, of an article that appeared in the August 2009 issue of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

This article first appeared in the Winter 2011 CSAVoices.

Title of article reviewed: “Peer Responses to Stuttering in the Preschool Setting”
Authors: Marilyn Langevin, Ann Packman, and Mark Onslow, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

marilynSean is a 4-year-old preschooler who stutters. He enjoys playing with his friends, but at times the words get in the way. In the same city live three other preschoolers who stutter – Aaron, Sarah, and David.  Stuttering affects each of them at preschool, especially when they’re playing with their friends.

What these preschoolers have in common, aside from being children who stutter, is the fact that they were subjects of a research project that Marilyn Langevin, of the University of Alberta, completed for her PhD dissertation at the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Their names are pseudonyms.

Children and stuttering: why do some recover?
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 14:58

Two Purdue University professors have received a $3 million grant to study why some children grow out of stuttering. The funding from the National Institutes of Health will support research designed to help identify children who are less likely to recover and require immediate therapy.

Leading the research are Anne Smith and Christine Weber-Fox, Professors of speech, language and hearing sciences at the Purdue Stuttering Project in Indiana. They will follow 100 children who stutter, first seen at ages 4-5, over five years. They hope to develop tests to put in the clinical battery to detect a high risk for chronic stuttering in preschoolers. Read more here.

Letting Go
Written by Garrett Hollman   
Friday, 05 July 2013 17:41

birds handMy name is Garrett and I have a stutter. When I tell people this they are surprised, even shocked. Just six years ago my stutter was very evident, yet today it has mostly subsided to the point where I am now a professional public speaker! It certainly comes back every now and then, but not nearly as frequently or as obviously as it used to. Recently somebody in one of my classes asked me how I got to this point, as he has a daughter who is facing the same challenge that I, and so many others, know all to well – the problem of stuttering. That question has prompted me to write this article. Before I start, I need to say that I am not a speech therapist or any kind of professional that has technical insight into why people stutter or what to do about it. I am currently a Leadership Development Specialist who draws from philosophy, coaching and a little bit of psychology. I speak only from my own experiences.


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