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From: Kayla Currence, Graduate Clinician
Date: 13 Oct 2011
Time: 20:46:53 -0500
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
Hi, Dr. Shapiro. Your article is one of the loveliest pieces I have ever read. The stories and dreams you shared are not only meaningful in stuttering, but also in every angle of life. I find the term “fluency freedom” such a unique description to help inspire people who stutter. In addition, your comment, “Who you are is not defined by your percentage of fluency, but by the choices you make, how you treat others, and your character values of discipline, hard work, and kindness,” is such an encouraging statement. I must admit, early in my undergraduate studies, I was quite intimidated by the idea of treating fluency disorders; however, examples like yours have shed a positive light on my perspective. I now am excited to have my first fluency case! I really enjoyed reading the stories as well and definitely believe that they are beneficial for others who stutter. In any type of struggle, it is great to know that you are not alone. Overall, your article was motivating to me as a future SLP and as an individual who hopes to learn and grow daily. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I printed this and plan to keep it for a long time.