Thanks to host Julian Morrow with ABC Radio National for the roundtable discussion about stuttering. Joining Associate Professor Robyn Lowe, Australian Stuttering Research Centre, UTS and John Hendrickson, Journalist with The Atlantic in the USA, we had a great conversation sharing our combined knowledge and lived experiences of how stuttering can impact someone’s life.
You can listen to the interview using the link below.
My very first podcast, Vvvikesh, is now available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify!
Sometimes videos aren’t the most convenient format to consume so I will be converting some of my past (and future) video presentations to audio, as well as creating new content. My goal is to engage more people through the podcast channel.
For people who stutter, audio isn’t always the best form of communication as you (the listener) cannot see physical moments of stuttering so pauses can be misconstrued.
If you have topics you would like to hear on my podcast, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks Marion Giddy, Director Cooee Speech Pathology and QLD Branch Chair Speech Pathology Australia, for the chat about stuttering. I hope it helps parents, kids, and anyone else who may lose hope sometimes because of the way our words come out.
It was an honour to speak at the Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) QLD Annual General Meeting last night. Thank you to Marion Giddy and Shaun Ziegenfusz (and everyone else involved) for organising and I look forward to continued engagement with SPA QLD and the ASEA.
I screamed and covered my ears. My inside voice was always telling me what to do, and more importantly what not to do. Don’t wear that shirt because people might not like it. Don’t speak up because people might hear you stutter. I didn’t want to hear that inside voice any longer. It was physically and mentally exhausting.
One day, it happened.
I don’t know when it happened. I don’t know how it happened. I don’t remember the day, the week, the month, or even the year that it happened.
The moment I stopped caring what other people thought about every aspect of my life was a moment of relief, joy, acceptance. That moment I left my house not worrying about what I was wearing and if it was acceptable to society. That moment I started speaking freely not worrying what someone would think if they heard me stutter. That moment, I felt free to be me.