Show your stutter who’s boss

http://www.stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool190.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #190:  Stuttering survival tips, part 2. There’s no special secret to beating stuttering. Achieving this nirvana is unconditional self-acceptance, non-avoidance, non-judgement, and living in the moment. I interview Stutter Social host, Hanan Hurwitz, in this second part of my series all about stuttering survival tips. Links mentioned in this episode: Stutter Social NSA/ISA stuttering conference 2016 Stuttering Survival Tips Part 1 – stuttering your name, group discussions, telephones, and more More stuttering coping tips in the Stuttering is Cool book! “Stuttering is Cool is the perfect antidote to the emotional downturns that can leave so many people who stutter feeling disheartened.” – Lisa Wilder, Canadian Stuttering Association Available in print and digital. Details at...

Stuttering tips, part 1 – the phone, dating, jobs, small talk

http://www.stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool189.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #189: You’re making a phone call and growing more anxious about stuttering with each ring. What do you do? Learn telephone survival tips and master other speaking situations in dating, job interviews, small talk, body language, and stuttering your name as Christine Dits, community manager of the Stutter Social app, shares her methods for dealing with stuttering and building resilience. We also talk a bit about introvert and extroverts who stutter and where they get their energy in social situations. Christine stuttered since she was 6 years old and most recently became a licensed SLP (CCC-SLP to be exact). She is a returning Stuttering is Cool guest and frequent co-host of the Stuttering is Cool videos. This is the first in a series where I’ll be asking Stutter Social hosts to share the methods they use to survive stuttering and build resilience. I believe resilience is the key to living the life you want to live in spite of your speech. After all, life is too short to worry about perfection! Plus, nobody is perfect. This episode is brought to you by Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World. It’s full of comics and tips about stuttering survival and overcoming everyday speaking situations in work, play, romance, and more. Order your copy...

Keep calm and stutter on!

http://www.stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool188.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #188: Happy New Year! Let’s start the new year off with the right mindset – dealing with stuttering head-on, avoid avoiding, and building up resilience to our speaking fears! On this episode, my fellow Stutter Social hosts join me in sharing stuttering survival tips to get your mental toughness started. Download PDF This episode is brought to you Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World by Daniele Rossi. Containing original comics, life experiences, and survival tips, this is your guide to living the life you want in spite of stuttering! Want more comics? Download the free Franky Banky comic book and follow the misadventures of a fox who stutters. Links mentioned: Instead of Making Resolutions, Make a List of Your Successes and Fears by LifeHacker How to stay calm and stutter on infographic and PDF download Music used in this episode: Yukari: 1 by We’re Creative Commons Wavvy: 6 by We’re Creative Commons...

Stuttering and improv

http://www.stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool187.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #187: There I was on stage in front of an audience of about 70 people introducing and explaining the next scene my fellow improvisers were about to perform. Stuttering was on my mind but I was determined to try two pieces of advice instructors, Ashley Comeau and PK, had given me about using stuttering to my advantage when on stage and not doubting myself. I’ve been taking improv classes at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto throughout 2015. It was a lot of fun, I learned new skills in thinking on my feet, and every class was a trip out of my comfort zone. On this episode, I share what I learned about fear, confidence, and not doubting yourself. You will also hear from Ashely and fellow stuttering improviser, Brian Jason Woo. Music used on today’s episode was Stefsax by...

Awareness posters and conferences

http://stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool186.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #186. You’re 10 years old, you stutter, and the first day of school is approaching. You’re thinking about the negative reactions the other kids in your new class will have towards your stuttering. You’re afraid of being teased, bullied, and not making any friends. So what do you do? You create a poster about stuttering and present it to your class! This is what 10 year old Natalie from the U.S.A. did recently. On this episode, I speak with her and her mother, Regina, about the stuttering awareness poster that Natalie made and the results from talking to her class about her stuttering. I also talk about several events in honour of International Stuttering Awareness Day: the special awareness comic I made starring Franky Banky, giving a speech in French in Montreal and hanging out with francophone stutterers at the Association des Bègues du Canada, and interviewing attendees of the Canadian Stuttering Association one day event. October was a very busy month! Speaking of French speeches, I play audio submitted by Audrey Bigras, author of The bilingual Advertising Stories blog. She talks about 10 stuttering myths in French to help me practice my French in preparation for my speech in Montreal. The stuttering myths are as follows: 1. Le bégaiement est causé par la timidité (Shyness causes stuttering) 2. Le bégaiement est causé par un évènement traumatisant qui a eu lieu durant l’enfance (Stuttering is caused by a fearful event that happened in the childhood) 3. Lorsqu’on chante, on ne bégaie pas (We don’t stutter while we sing) 4. Tout le...
Is stuttering an umbrella pathology?

Is stuttering an umbrella pathology?

http://stutteringiscool.com/sound/cool185.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Episode #185: Looks like stuttering is a lot more complex than we think! And that makes researching the cause, treatment, and cure an astronomical challenge. On this episode, I chat with my friend, Dr. Greg Snyder, who is a professor and stuttering researcher at Ole Miss, about the complexity of stuttering and stuttering research. What if scientists looked at stuttering as an umbrella pathology instead of a singular one? Could this approach be the key to finally unraveling the mysteries of our speech? There’s documented evidence that stuttering is a genetic pathology (at least for around 5% of folks with persistent developmental stuttering). Greg ponders that there could be many different genetic mutations that ultimately result in different stuttering behaviours; and the genetic heterogeneity of stuttering makes it difficult to research and treat. Science may be better off looking for many different needles in a haystack instead of just one. Greg and I also chat about unfortunate biases in research, how darn difficult it is to conduct control groups in stuttering research, and why the heck we call coffee shop employees “baristas”. Links mentioned on this episode: Klara G Roman Music used in this episode: Perpetual Motion (instrumental) by destinazione_altrove Photo credit (except for the image of Franky Banky):...