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Allison’s Story

Allison Allison, left, with her son and mother

My name is Allison and I’ve stuttered for as long as I can remember. Stuttering ran in my family, though not all stuttering is hereditary, and I was three years old when I had my first speech therapy session. I was lucky to have supportive parents by my side and as a child I was confident and outspoken despite my disfluency.

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Remembering Frederick Murray

Carolina and Fred

Dr. Frederick Murray, a beloved figure in the stuttering community, passed away last week on January 24 at age 92. Fred was a person who stuttered and an admired speech-language pathologist.

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Stuttering Didn't Stop Dave Taylor — or Yours Truly!

Dave TaylorOf the approximately one percent of the world adult population who stutters, among them is Dave Taylor, former captain — and later general manager — of the Los Angeles Kings. He worked his way from the nickel mines of Levack, Ontario, to forge an illustrious 17-year playing career before embarking on a successful career as an NHL executive.

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Stuttering Superhero

After reading Kim Block's "Adventure of a Stuttering Superhero" with his SLP, Matthew was inspired to make his own comic. Matthew writes "it is okay if you stutter" and with the help of stuttering superheroes, his characters learn stuttering is not something to be embarrassed about. Matthew is 9 years old and lives in Vancouver, BC. Click the image below to download a larger version of his comic.

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ISTAR Research into Stuttering and Facial Movements

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The Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR), part of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, is conducting a research study involving the changing facial movements of people who stutter while they are talking. Torrey Loucks, a professor at U of A, is the lead researcher, and says his work could shed light on potential treatments for stuttering. This study started in June 2018 and will be going on until October 2019.

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CSA Hosts Another Successful Annual Conference!

Mary WoodMary Wood gives the keynote speech at the 2018 CSA conference

Thank you to all of you who attended our 2018 annual conference held in Toronto! One major highlight of the conference was the keynote speech graciously given by Mary Wood. Every sentence was packed with wisdom, meaning, guidance and compassion! You can hear her speech on Daniele Rossi's Stuttering is Cool site here. Enjoy it!

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