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David and Goliath
Written by Lisa Wilder   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 06:46

david and goliathIn his latest book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, the well-known Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell unveils some biased beliefs commonly held about how people achieve success in life. Everyone is familiar with the titular biblical story: a young shepherd boy with a slingshot slays a mighty, heavily armed warrior. But for Gladwell, the outcome of the battle is really not that extraordinary when one looks at the circumstances behind the famous face-off.

Learning to fly
Written by Jason Dawe   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 07:22

planeA reader's story

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.

A Parent's Journal
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 01:53

AParentsJournalThis is a personal journal of a mother whose child started stuttering at a young age. How stuttering, and the speech therapy sought to treat it, effects the child and the family is discussed. Names are not included to protect the child's identity.

February 26, 2013 – Why E?

My little boy has an assessment at ISTAR (Institute for Stuttering Treatment an Research) tomorrow.  It’s now 9:30pm, and in just over 12 hours I will be walking my baby there, knowing that he will be having therapy for stuttering.  Part of me is grateful that ISTAR is in Edmonton, so we only have a 30 minute drive to get to the some of the best therapy in the world. I know that with some therapy E will be fine and probably stutter-free, but a part of me feels like it is breaking my heart into pieces knowing that my baby is stuttering. I’ve had to tell my serious 3 year old that tomorrow we are going to meet a nice lady who helps kids talk better and she will help him unstuck his words.  I should be taking him skating or to a movie, not to speech therapy!

Stuttering and marriage
Written by Lisa Wilder   
Saturday, 19 October 2013 12:45

The Other Side of the Block: The Stutterer’s Spouse. By Julia M. Boberg and Einer Boberg, from Journal of Fluency Disorders 15 (1990), 61-75

The impact of stuttering on adults who stutter and their partners. By Janet M. Beilby, Michelle L Byrnes, Emily L. Meagher, J. Scott Yaruss, from Journal of Fluency Disorders 38(2013) 14-29

couples imageIn the realm of information about stuttering, many perspectives have been studied, from that of parents of children who stutter to professionals in the field. However, there is scant research exploring the effects of stuttering on the life partner of a person who stutters, and how that relationship is affected.

In 1990, a study was conducted on this topic through interviews with 15 wives of men who stuttered. This report was called The Other Side of the Block: The Stutterer’s Spouse. The wives were asked a series of questions about how they met their husbands, their first impressions, and the impact of his stuttering on various aspects of their lives.

Book about boy who stutters a moving read
Written by Mary Rose Labandelo   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:54

paperboyPaperboy is a story about an 11 year old boy who stutters. It is part memoir and part fiction, written by Vince Vawter. For over 60 years the author “stuttered fiercely, sometimes gently” yet he was able to overcome his speech impediment and lead a successful career in newspapers. The backdrop of the novel is Memphis 1959 – segregation is the norm. Two major themes explored in Paperboy are the speech challenge the protagonist experiences, and the racial tension in the South.

As a person who stutters, I was able to relate to the Paperboy’s inner turmoil. Overwhelmed by speaking, the Paperboy substitutes words. He calls his best friend "Rat" because it is easier to say. He blocks on words and cannot say his name. He also feels ashamed when he can not order food at a restaurant, and everyone at his table laughs.


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