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Pushing Past your Perceived Limits

Christina SpicerChristina Spicer

I knew something was different about me. No one wanted to tell me, but I knew I didn’t sound the same as everyone else. When I reflect back on my adolescence, I would describe it in one simple word: alone. I didn’t understand why I was different, how I could fix it, or why me? Despite the sincerity of my questions, I posed them to a silent audience, from an empty stage, in what felt like a dark room.

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My awesome trip to the Nordic Stuttering Seminar

Rossi tripI've been attending and participating in Canadian and American stuttering conferences for seven years and was always eager to check out conferences in other countries. That opportunity came up when my friend, Anita Blom, told me about the Nordic Stuttering Seminar 2016 taking place in Finland from September 2 to the 4th, that included a trip to Estonia.

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Stuttering & The Workplace: Disclosure is Powerful

Graduation season is just around the corner and while graduating is a time of great enjoyment, accomplishment and celebration, it also marks a time a great change.  This is the time when recent grads will put down their books, join the workforce and of course start paying back those student loans!

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The Pesky Teenage Years

teensAsk anyone and they’ll likely tell you that being thirteen is an incredibly difficult time. There is so much going on at that point in a kid's life. We are growing at a pace that's impossibly fast. The girls seem to be WAY ahead of the boys. Us boys are standing on the opposite side of the dance floor, teetering between growing tall and getting mustaches and not being able to talk without our voices cracking. Needless to say, things are a little socially awkward at this point in our lives.

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So much better than I thought…

When my mom told me that I was going to the Canadian Stuttering Association (CSA) conference, I wasn’t excited at all. I thought it would be one of those stereotypical conventions - just talking and boring games, but it wasn’t.

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The Journey Continues

I have been a person who stutters my whole life. Many people who know me will probably be surprised to learn about this. This is because I use my speech targets when I speak and come across as speaking fluently.

I have gone through a few stages in my life. At first I was covert about my stuttering and would change words and avoid people. In the next stage I received therapy, joined a speech group and focused on applying my targets and learned to deal with my speech in different situations. Now, I have accepted myself and wish to help those who are in need of support.

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