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Sometimes I s-start to stutter: Rotary 2010

A successful talk I gave this evening to the Leighton-Linslade Rotary Club on behalf of The British Stammering Association. About my personal experiences with stuttering, the work of the BSA and how to help someone who stammers.

I'm happy to talk to other Rotary Clubs!

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Sometimes I s-start to stutter: Rotary 2010

  1. 1. "Sometimes I s-start to stutter" Nick Freear   Leighton-Linslade Rotary, 29 March 2010
  2. 2. Nature or nurture?       B-DNA [cc]
  3. 3. "John does NOT stammer and never HAS done!"
  4. 4. "...cured six years"  [CC-by-nc-nd]
  5. 5. "The Cure for Stammering", Popular Science, Jul 1940
  6. 6. Nature Antarctica 18, Georges Nijs  [CC-by]
  7. 7. "Open All Hours"
  8. 8.   <ul><li>&quot;Lord, open my breast, and do </li></ul><ul><li>      Thou ease me my task. </li></ul><ul><li>Unloose the knot upon my tongue, </li></ul><ul><li>      that they may understand my words&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Moses, Koran. 20:26-29. </li></ul>
  9. 9. British Stammering Association <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;to initiate and support research into stammering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to identify and promote effective therapies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to offer support to all whose lives are affected by stammering&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Children, adults, parents, teachers... therapists </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How? helpline, coordinating self-help groups, conference... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to promote awareness of stammering &quot; </li></ul></ul>
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  11. 11. My dos and don't s <ul><ul><li>Don't panic! I know it looks a bit off-putting/weird. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't &quot;ignore&quot;/ look at the person next to me, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't guess or try to finish my sentence, please, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't interrupt, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't say &quot;relax&quot;, &quot;take a deep breath&quot; etc., </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do appear patient, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do say &quot;it's OK&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintain eye-contact. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perhaps try to help (guess) after a while - careful! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask/ talk! (particularly for teachers)  </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Thank you. Questions? The British Stammering Association Helpline - 0845 603 2001 Nick Freear