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Hooray for the CSA!

This article first appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of CSA Voices. You can read more about Karen and purchase her book here.

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For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to write feel-good books for young children who stutter.

I’m now 44 years of age, and the memories of being teased at school as a child are still quite vivid. Because of what I experienced, I’ve always wanted to help young children who stutter. I thought that writing encouraging children’s books would be a good way to accomplish this.

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The history of stuttering in movies

Slate mag

Slate Magazine has an excellent article on the history of stuttering in movies. It features some older, little-known films as well as the popular ones of today. Hollywood definitely does a disservice to stutterers, with few exceptions. It is usually portrayed as a sign of weakness or ineptitude. One sad but funny example is a Western where John Wayne's character is able to bully the stuttering out of a young fellow  – "Get rid of that stutter or go home, pardner!" The boy becomes angry and his stuttering is cured.

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Students and teachers who stutter

This article highlights four well-rehearsed presentations at a Teachers and Students Who Stutter workshop at the CSA national conference in August 2007. The workshop took place in Toronto on August 17, 2007.

This article first appeared in the Summer 2010 Newsletter.

Sadia Khan, the first speaker, teaches elementary school near Toronto. As a child, she felt frustrated and alone when people told her to slow down, without understanding her experiences as a speaker. She dreaded using the phone, saying her name, or reading a passage verbatim in class. She often felt rushed to answer teachers’ questions.

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Blog Report: Pamela Mertz interviews Canadian women who stutter

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Pamela Mertz, author of the excellent blog Make Room for the Stuttering has posted another episode from the "Women Who Stutter: Our Stories" series. The October 1 session features CSA Member Carolina Ayala from Toronto, and a previous episode (#22) features CSA Member Heather Baier from Edmonton, Alberta. Upcoming is Sadia Khan, featured in a CSA Voices article Students and Teachers who Stutter.

Review of "the King's Speech"

Kings speech Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter

I 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?"

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Beware of dubious claims made on website

Kill Stutter A dubious website!

This article is a warning to people who stutter, and an appeal to everybody to help stop a website that makes impossible claims regarding curing stuttering, and has attracted international attention. The owner of the website in question, Arjun Lal, is Canadian and lives in Unionville, Ontario.The website claims to sell a taperecording that will stop stuttering in under 10 minutes.

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