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From: Russ Hicks
Date: 11 Oct 2009
Time: 17:21:35 -0500
Remote Name: 220.127.116.11
Hi SJU student (St. Joseph's in Philly?), Acceptance of stuttering is definitely easier said that done - even if you stutter while saying it! However it's not really difficult, it just takes time and LOTS of feedback from LOTS of people. I started my journey toward acceptance in about 1984 (prior to that time I had no concept of acceptance), and my ultimate breakthrough was when I won a major speech contest in Toastmasters in 1996. So twelve years? Sounds about right. As I said, it wasn't difficult but it took lots of work and listening to lots of people who supported me. The National Stuttering Association and Toastmasters were the major driving organizations in my journey. The primary goal during that time was to improve my communication ability and my attitudes, NOT to increase my fluency. Communication and fluency are different concepts. I tried to chase the fluency god many years ago and I learned I could never come close to catching him. Support groups are a critical success factor. And ACTION is essential. ... If you're a student at St. Joseph's, I hope you're not an Eagles fan. Go Cowboys! :) ... I hope you're enjoying this amazing online conference!