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Laura Zoochi
Facebook IconNovember 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Michigan resident starts local National Stuttering Association chapter

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Downriver resident starts National Stuttering Association chapter in Southgate

Downriver resident starts National Stuttering Association chapter in Southgate - For Dennis Coates, starting a National Stuttering Association chapter Downriver was a way to get support and help others.

Celebrando el ISAD 2014
Qué gran, benéfica y emotiva celebración la que hemos compartido con todos. FluencyLife Chile y nuestros representantes en Perú y México!!
Hoy miércoles 22 de octubre.

Les comparto con gran afecto a todos, a nuestra "Gran Tribu FluencyLife", el video original, en directo, sin editar, tal como lo vivimos y compartimos. ¡¡PURO QUE DENOTA LA EMOCIONALIDAD Y ESPONTANEIDAD DEL MOMENTO A MOMENTO!! (lo editaremos, prontamente)…

Con optimismo, emoción, hermosa hermandad, calidez humana!!!

“El Collar de Perlas no lo hacen las Perlas es el Hilo que las une”.

En ese hablar que sale espontáneamente de mi corazón estuvimos en una gran mañana!!

En directo nuetro encuentro celebrando el ISAD, reunidos con: FluencyLife Chile en Perú, con Antonella Talledo, nuestra gran Community Manager y representando también a su esposo, nuestro representante en Perú; FluencyLife Chile en México, con Jesús Lares, como relacionador; nuestra embajadora Dra. Ana Luisa Tapia del centro CRIH (Centro de Rehabilitación Integral de Hidalgo. Pachuca México); con invitados especiales en el salón del Centro CRIH, Guadalupe Cerón Quintana y su hijo Alejandro; Lucy y su hijo Maximiliano, con todas nuestras hermosas personas reunidas presentes; Iván Serrano, miembro en Chile (Persona que a veces se bloquea. Sempai en Chile).

Un privilegio GRANDE!!! el que nos han brindado cada uno unidos en un solo todo.
Mis palabras son pocas para expresar la gran alegría de este día, el compartir nuestras experiencias, la significancia del ISAd, nuestro aporte al mundo.

Disfrutemos juntos, con nosotros, el mundo lo construimos entre todos desde la unificación de nuestros corazones.

En mi Visión. "Las perlas no hacen el collar, es el hilo que las unen".

Día que lo prolongamos cada día en un siempre presente!!

Mi equipo en Chile Perú y México,,,,, GRANDES PERSONAS!!!

De mi parte, de todo mi equipo,


Saludos a toda la Gran "Tribu FluencyLife", a la International Stuttering Family!!

Saludos a mi gran amigo Dear Keith Boss, Chair de ISA!!

Mis afectos sinceros y de todo mi equipo en Chile, Perú y México, por el privilegio que nos han brindado, las enseñanzas que nos han compartido:

FluencyLife GAP Fluidez Chile
Adolfo Barrales. Neurofonoaudiólogo. Psicoterapeuta. Chair, owner.
Junto a mi gran equipo:
FluencyLife Perú: Antonella Talledo. Fernando Valeriano. Community Managers
Fluencylife Mex: Jesús Lares. Relacionador de exclusividad.
De nuestra espacial Embajadora, Dra. Ana Luisa Tapia del Centro de Rehabilitación Integral de Hidalgo, México.

Dimensión Neurofonoaudiológica©
Generando bienestar, fluir en tu vivir y vida.
Deja que tu mente sea libre

International Stuttering Association
Facebook IconOctober 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

It's International Stuttering Awareness Day! If you haven't checked out the Online Conference, go to the link below, there's lots of papers, lots of questions to experts and a lot of discussion!

What did you do for International Stuttering Awareness Day?

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Sebastian Oshiro Felicitaciones! Increíble trabajo y vamos por mas éxitos! :)

November 15, 2014 at 9:49 pm


Brad Straz "What did you do for International Stuttering Awareness Day?"

I made people aware of my stuttering. . . . .

October 23, 2014 at 1:20 am


FluencyLife Adolfo Barrales Neurofonoaudiólogo ISAD in Chile. GaptartamudezChile. FluencyLife. Warmly to all our International Stuttering Family. Adolfo Barrales D. Chair GaptartamudezChile. FluencyLife in Chile and our subsidiaries in Peru and Mexico.

October 23, 2014 at 7:36 am

Samuel Dunsiger
Facebook IconOctober 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Happy International Stuttering Awareness Day! I shot a quick, little parody video with a friend on things you shouldn't say to people who stutter…just a little bit of fun to raise a little bit of awareness.

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Things You Shouldn't Say To People Who Stutter

Happy International Stuttering Awareness Day! I stutter and I accept it. And in some ways, I actually embrace it. I thought I'd put together a quick, silly v...

Greetings and best wishes from Germany for todays International Stuttering Awareness Day. We speak with one voice!

Walter Scott
October 17, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Prepping for fluent delivery

Posted by Walter Scott in Defence Stammering Network on 29-Sep-2014 12:20:01

Some months ago I was asked to give a presentation to the Defence Reform 'programme board' on a communications project on which I was leading. The project involved co-ordinating different parallel announcements across UK Defence which all linked back to the central Reform agenda, ensuring that each piece was timed and understood as part of the wider 'story' rather than a splurge of disjointed information.

My audience was no more than about 20 people, but mostly senior (up to 2- and 3-star) military and civilian officials with a close interest in the programme. My task was to explain the project and give them confidence in it. In other words it had to be a fluid and coherent story.

On face value the requirement was easy enough. I'm no stranger to public speaking, but given this senior audience I felt the act of speaking as someone who stammers needed a bit of thinking about.

I think it is fair to say that speaking is an important feature of professional life and of becoming senior. I think it is also fair to say that how you speak is, albeit subliminally, a factor in how one's ability to perform is perceived in terms of technical knowledge, mental agility, personal confidence and so forth. Stammering is all too easily misconstrued as the result of a lack of those qualities, and I suspect is quite likely to be seen as incompatible with seniority or with the ears of a senior audience.

It was me who had originally identified the need for this work. I had already held a sequence of meetings to get the ball rolling, so my first concern was not to embarrass my immediate senior management by conveying the impression of being incompetent or the "wrong man for the job" (by stammering). I wanted to instill confidence among everyone present that I knew what I was doing and talking about. Indeed more than that, I wanted to impress on them all (in an understated Civil Service fashion) that I could deliver a competent short 'impromptu' talk on a marginal matter in a way that was better than average. And, in practical terms, I didn't want to waste any of my own mental bandwidth by struggling through, over and around words and phrases - as I have had to do in so many past job interviews, frustratingly and with detrimental results. I wanted to focus simply on delivering my messages concisely, clearly and engagingly.

For the 99% of people with full control of their spoken output, it is probably difficult - perhaps impossible - to understand what a tightrope-walk of an exercise this might be, albeit for a relatively short presentation. Central to it was convincing myself that if I got seriously blocked in front of everyone then it wouldn't matter (despite the chances that I would be misconstrued by some present as incapable), and in so doing to deactivate the supplementary zone of my brain which tries to kick-in with unwelcome extra control messages for speech production - thereby creating the stammer.

So I committed myself to the fact that I was definitely going to give this presentation; there would be no last-minute pulling out. I prepared carefully with three or four Powerpoint slides, putting in a bit more time than normal into thinking about my interaction with the words displayed on them and polishing my style of delivery. I tried to envisage the audience and the atmosphere in the meeting room. I worked through a sequence of mental steps leading up to and through the presentation. I pictured myself worst-case, mid-stammer in front of the imagined audience, until I had convinced myself it didn't matter if it happened. I pictured myself in a robust but light frame of mind as I spoke, in which I was master of my subject matter.

The night before, as the parent of a young child, I made special arrangements to guarantee enough sleep, lack of which is a sure-fire catalyst for stammering.

I might also add that I did have the confidence of knowing that my immediate line management were on-message with my dysfluency because we had spoken about it when I took on the job.

The presentation went well. I switched a couple of words where I pre-empted a block, which conveyed the impression of almost complete fluency. I received various "senior compliments" which was good for future self-confidence. And I remain gratefully to the three colleagues who gave me this job in the first instance.

Nonetheless for a short "ad hoc" presentation this did involve a (slightly) disproportionate amount of mental consideration. I hope there will come a day when those who stammer can feel completely free to do so without shame, whatever level of seniority their audience - just as a wheelchair-user might not expect to have to make special preparations for standing up when public-speaking.

FluencyLife Adolfo Barrales Neurofonoaudiólogo posted an event to International Stuttering Association's timeline.

FluencyLife Chile.
Adolfo Barrales Neurofonoaudiólogo

Dear Keith, dear International stuttering Family, I along my Team in Perú and México are working to ISAD in Chile 2014.
My greetings to all and always collaborating to ISA.


Adolfo Barrales D.
Neurofonoaudiólogo. Chile.
Chair FluencyLife Chile, Gap Tratamudez Chile
FluencyLife Perú.
Gap Tartamudez Chile en México.

Our Link ISAD Chile:

FluencyLife Adolfo Barrales Neurofonoaudiólogo ISAD 2014!!
Chile FluencyLife por Gap tartamudez Chile y nuestras filiales en Perú
FluencyLife Peru
y Gap Tartamudez Chile en México

Con afecto para todo el mundo, siempre con toda nuestra International Stuttering Family, ISA especialmente, en esta celebración.

October 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Walter Scott
September 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Is stammering kosher at the BBC?

In the opening moments of The King's Speech we are taken behind the scenes of Bertie's notoriously dysfluent closing speech at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley stadium to where a BBC reporter is preparing to deliver his radio introduction with a stringent sequence of vocal exercises. Nothing, we understand, but nothing must jeopardise the BBC's reputation for pitch-perfect blemish-free delivery (of the King's English, if you will).

Recently Leys Geddes, Ambassador to the BSA Employers Stammering Network - and the man who appeared on BBC Breakfast TV as that celebrated film hit the streets - visited the BBC Diversity & Inclusivity team. Hearing that the BBC was conducting a study of 'neurodiversity' conditions among its staff (dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, Tourette's, and so forth), Leys wanted to know if and how stammering fitted into all this.

We know that the editorial arm of the BBC "gets" stammering as a social issue because it is occasionally featured on BBC channels. And in The King's Speech we even see how the BBC made technical adjustments at Buckingham Palace in 1939 to enable Bertie to deliver his eve-of-war speech with apparent fluency. But what about among their own staff in 2014?

Leys found that stammering had so far featured neither in the BBC's employee equality policies nor in its recent neurodiversity study. So at the moment stammering does not appear to be considered as an HR issue, for existing staff or for those applying for interview. The diversity manager with whom Leys met thought that might have been an oversight but equally, he pointed out, there had been no apparent demand from any member of staff for related support or reasonable adjustments.

Many years ago Patrick Campbell, who stammered very obviously, was a star of the BBC's Call My Bluff quiz show. Everyone soon accepted that he stammered and that seemed to be 'OK'. I guess he was judged to be saying useful and amusing things, despite his dysfluency. But apart from back-office BBC jobs in say legal, commercial or secretarial services, would someone who stammers be allowed to do a frontline presenting job today? Would BBC producers routinely allow their listeners or viewers to be exposed to the sight or sound of stammering? Maybe. Maybe not. In the absence of written policy and a proactive support package, you simply cannot articulate a definitive truth. So as an applicant who stammers you could waste a shed-load of time and effort with writing applications. Equally you might forgo an otherwise glittering career in broadcasting, if you assumed dysfluency to be a cast-iron no-no on-screen - look at Nicholas Parsons, a BBC personality of today who in fact does manage to control his stammer on air.

A similar situation appeared to exist in the military, when as an 18-year-old, 22 years ago, it was made clear to me that I could not proceed to the first stage of the Army scholarship selection process, from which I deduced that my way of speaking was strongly discouraged in the Armed Forces. I'm not sure if or how that unwritten policy has changed. With most other public and private sector employers, it is similarly a matter of pot luck, although an interview (if not a job) can be guaranteed because of the Equality Act.

The BBC has long been recognised as a compass for cultural and social standards. Its policy on other disabilities is far-sighted and well understood. So the apparent absence of any policy regarding stammering is surprising.

As for Leys Geddes, he is now in liaison with ITV. No doubt he will compare with relish the responses he gets from these two media organisations. He has also opened discussions with the law firm Linklaters, a business whose clients, you might assume, have traditionally expected to hear its costly advice delivered fluently, but which apparently now has a partner who stammers.

So, on a number of fronts, don't just watch this space - fill it! I would welcome your thoughts, please...

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The International Stuttering Awareness Day (ISAD) Online Conference is now live at!!! The conference runs from October 1 and finishes on International Stuttering Awareness Day on October 22. So please, come and join us to read the great papers and videos, and talk to SLPs and Mental Health experts, there's plenty to do and see! We hope you are able to join us for this once a year event!

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ISAD 2014 International Stuttering Awareness DayOnline Conference, 2014 We speak with one voice! Welcome to the 17th ISAD Online Conference! The conference runs from October 1 until October 22, International Stuttering Awareness Day. Instructions for participants You can enter the conference by cli…

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Follow the link below for the latest news in ISA. Don't forget, submission for the International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Convention close soon (Aug-31)! Haven't made a submission to the event before? You can see plenty of examples at the Stuttering Homepage online conferences or last year's conference, all linked from! All detail about how to participate can be found here

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eNewsflash August 2014 | International Stuttering Association

eNewsflash August 2014 Posted on August 24, 2014 by ISA To: Stuttering Community From: Keith Boss Regarding: August 2014 eNewsflash Current and future e-Newsflashes We have changed the way we link up with you. We will be using Facebook ( much more. Our e-newsflash…

Walter Scott
August 2, 2014 at 9:23 am

Teaching Lewis Carroll

In a few weeks' time ‘Peter and Alice', a play by Hollywood screenwriter John Logan, will be performed in Australia by the Independent Theatre company at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. For those who missed it last year at the West End, starring Judi Dench, it relates a meeting of the real Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland at a museum opening in 1932. Last weekend I had the pleasure of coaching Lewis Carroll via Skype on stammering with conviction.
He (the actor Domenic Panuccio) had fully grasped that the condition is underpinned not by a chaotic mind, such that "anyone can do it", but by the science of hard-wiring. He wanted to show Carroll's lifelong stammer without detracting from the story and without crossing that narrow line into comedic effect – there's nowt so hilariously arresting as a st-st-stammer done badly, if like Ronnie Barker you go for that sort of thing.
So over an hour or so, from our opposing sides of the world, we picked through the passages in question. Up first was 'protagonist', featuring in a hurried preamble to Alice before Carroll launches into a story. We agreed that he was impatient to reach the comfort zone of his own work, and mildly irritated by the need for this initial explanation. So we settled on heavily pursed lips seeking the appropriate level of tension to create the silent explosion of 'p' before drawing back the tongue to enable 'r' to roll forth, while tightening the vocal fold to apply vibrato as 'r' moves into 'o' – and all that before reaching the potential treacheries of '...tagonist'. The interference of impatience and irritation on the supplementary motor area was, I suggested, almost certainly jinxing that complex sequence of finely calibrated messages.
Later we got a stage where Carroll realises he has revealed too much about adulthood to Alice, and reins in his monologue, during which he gets snagged on 'partly'. We identified different dynamics here; the mental effort of applying his creative braking system, rather than racing to get somewhere. So we decided on an unsounded, light 'p-p-p-p' – nothing too strenous, just a mild interference, perhaps reflecting guilt radiating elsewhere in his neural system.
Domenic had other impressive questions – the emotions of stammering, the in-moment practical experience, and so forth. I shared details of some of my worst interview moments, and suggested that perhaps John Logan felt obliged to downplay Carroll's notoriously heavy stammer, to avoid irritating the audience. A nice option, if you have it.
Afterwards I reflected on once being ruled out of a school play given the risk that I might stammer, although I never stammer when acting. So often we – society, people with the condition, employers, the media – are primed to edit stammering out because it fails to meet our standards. Yet here was a respected actor, diligently and skilfully editing stammering in.
So thank you to Lewis Carroll, John Logan, Domenic Panuccio and Skype, and my very best wishes to the Independent Theatre for its forthcoming show (21-30 August).

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The July 2014 eNewsflash is now available, please see the link below for full details of what's going on with the International Stuttering Association!

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FluencyLife Adolfo Barrales Neurofonoaudiólogo A great hugs from Chile to our great International Stuttering Family. Adolfo.

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Società Italiana Balbuzie
July 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

Il lavoro sulla balbuzie deve essere intenso, appassionato e serio. Condividere le esperienze e le ricerche è fondamentale per dare a tutti una speranza! Grazie. dott. Di Liberto Biagio

Parents’ level of scaffolding, support and acceptance may predict the outcome of children who stutter/stammer. My neighbour’s story:

Olvie was my neighbour and family friend back in my hometown. He had a moderate stutter, but this did not deter him from achieving his goals. His parents played a vital part in his formative years and beyond, by encouraging and supporting him; for to them his stutter was never a deterrent factor. This family did not regard Olvie’s stutter as an impairment or hindrance, but rather focused on developing and honing his many skills and talents which included public speaking. Over time Olvie emerged as a well-respected community leader, educator, role model and family man. Additionally, he is an excellent, effective public speaker!!!!He has held leadership positions in his local church, school system, government and also managed his own small business. In his last capacity before retirement from public office he served as a government (permanent) secretary in charge of a department. Today he is still managing his business and as always is active in his church and community. Cheers to Olvie and his insightful, adoring parents!!!YOU STUTTER, YES YOU CAN!!!!