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Creating Our Own Ideals

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Early on in life we start to develop ideals about the world, how we envision our future, how our life is going to be. As we mature, those ideals can start to change. Sometimes our stuttering impacts these ideals. It challenges our beliefs, our wants and can change the path in life we choose to take. This is not necessarily a bad thing – it means we have changed our ideal of "normal".

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5 Ways You Can Celebrate Stuttering

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This month we celebrated National Stuttering Awareness Week, a week dedicated to putting a public focus on stuttering, which affects approximately 1% of Canadians. Knowing that we are all unique and that our stutters are only part of us, but do not define us, is an important move towards celebrating stuttering. But, in addition to this, here are 5 other ways that you can celebrate stuttering, regardless of the week!

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What you don't expect

flowerIt's true what they say: if you love your job you'll never work a day in your life. That could not be more true in my case. For the last 13 and a half years I've had the privilege of working in the social service sector with youth and adults from all walks of life, with various challenges. Working in a field that requires communication when faced with the hurdle of a stutter takes on a whole new meaning. 

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Why won't Siri listen?

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Voice recognition systems promise a hands free world. Want to check the weather? Just ask Siri. Want to know the time in Vancouver, she can tell you that too. But, this widespread technology, which can be found in smart phones, TVs (and who knows maybe even washing machines one day!), is not all inclusive.

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The Extraverted Personality and Stuttering

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Our personalities can determine a lot about the way we live – how we relate to our surroundings, our reactions to different people and situations, and the coping methods we employ during those times when the universe throws a monkey-wrench into our life’s machinery. While there are many factors to personality composition, one of the most obvious is a person’s degree of extraversion versus intraversion.

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