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How to create hope

acceptanceThe theme for our 2016 conference is ‘Courage, Support and Acceptance’. These three qualities define the Canadian Stuttering Association, giving hope to everyone affected by stuttering. Here are my thoughts on each of these qualities, that together create a deep sense of hope.

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Celebrating Stuttering

Ellen

Can we celebrate stuttering? Until recently I would have said only if you are mad or on drugs. Occasionally I still think this. The remnants of stuttering can still leave me strangely silent at the end of a phone conversation, which happened yesterday with a client. It even happens with family.

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You can speak as a leader: The CSA AGM seminar

Each time you want someone else to do something, to achieve common goals, you have the chance to speak as a leader. As people who stutter, we don’t always see ourselves as natural leaders - even if we want to be. Why? That’s the first part the Speaking as a Leader program addresses - how we think. Leadership is something we all have the chance to do in everyday situations. But what sort of leader can you be? In essence, a leader who understands what they can offer, what action they want, and one who knows how to listen properly to find out what other people need.

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The trap of "practicing"

This blog post is about an issue that comes part and parcel with speech therapy: practicing. But first, I need to tell you I recently took up bellydancing. I go to class once a week, and it is very enjoyable. It’s a healthy and fun thing for women to learn. Now let me explain what this has to do with speech therapy.

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