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The summer is flying by and another year of school is just around the corner! Going back to school after a relaxing summer can cause some stuttering symptoms to manifest themselves again. But do not fear, The Stuttering Foundation has created some tips to help you through the transition. Here are a few of them!

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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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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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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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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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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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