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Some Stutter, Luh!

Some Stutter, Luh!

By Katelyn Mayo
Some Stutter, Luh! Podcast aims to rebuild confidence and hope for people who stutter by dismantling stuttering myths, stigma, stereotypes and barriers.
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Interview with Dr. Gerald Maguire
Welcome to Season 2 of Some Stutter, Luh! We are beyond excited to be back for another season and to be kicking it off with such an incredible guest. Today, we are chatting with Dr. Gerald Maguire. Dr. Maguire is a professor and the Chair of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the UCR School of Medicine. He is board certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and serves as the Chair of the National Stuttering Association. Dr. Maguire has been named as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 2009 and is recognized as the world's authority on the medical treatment of stuttering. Throughout the episode Dr. Maguire discusses his research on drug therapies for stuttering, while, importantly, highlighting the fact that drug treatment and acceptance of stuttering can work together. All 3 discuss the importance of reducing stigma towards stuttering and address the importance of mental health awareness and resources for people who stutter. Drawing on his work in psychiatry, Dr. Maguire gives important advice to Katelyn and others working in the helping professions on how to be compassionate and empathetic. Finally, Dr. Maguire adds throughout this interview bits and pieces of his own experiences as a person who stutters, which has inspired and motivated his work! Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Melanie Crane
56:08
September 19, 2021
BONUS EPISODE: Interview with Margit Pukonen
For our dedicated listeners, we wanted to upload a bonus episode as a special surprise during our summer break! In this episode, we are chatting with Margit Pukonen!  Margit is the Program Director at The Speech & Stuttering Institute.  She received her Master of Health Science degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Toronto and has worked at The SSI (formerly Speech Foundation of Ontario) since it opened its doors in the 1980s. Margit highlights here areas of experience throughout the interview, which are Motor Speech Disorders, a subtype of Speech Sound Disorder. She mentions that many years ago her area of “specialty” was group therapy with preschoolers, where she did a number of workshops on how to run group therapy programs with preschoolers who had speech and language difficulties. In this episode, Margit speaks about the history of the Speech and Stuttering Institute and details her time and roles at the SSI. Greg and Katelyn chat with Margit about other communication disorders, noticing and discussing parallels with the experience of those who stutter. They discuss how SSL can support a broader range of individuals with communication disorders, in addition to stuttering. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Greg O'Grady, Emily Murphy, Melanie Crane
58:48
August 22, 2021
Season 1 Finale
We have reached the end of our first season! To close out, we have members of our production team here to recap the season and chat about some of our favourite moments!  On this episode, Dr. Paul De Decker shares updates on his research, Greg and Katelyn reflect on how the podcast has grown, and Greg, Katelyn, Paul and Luca share their highlights from this season's episodes and guests. The group also discusses what's next for the podcast and what you can look forward to in Season 2 (which is coming September 19th, stay tuned!!!)  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Greg O'Grady, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Dr. Paul De Decker
59:41
July 25, 2021
Interview with Carolina Ayala
In this episode, Greg and Katelyn chat with Carolina Ayala! Carolina is a person who stutters and an active advocate of stuttering acceptance. Throughout the interview, Carolina shared her personal stories and experiences as a PWS, detailing her journey towards acceptance. She talks about the anxiety, emotions, and bullying associated with stuttering and the impacts it has had on her personal and professional life. Carolina also shares how she overcomes the negative impacts and gives advice for other people who stutter. Carolina also talks about how best to educate the public and promote stuttering awareness!  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Melanie Crane, Katelyn Mayo, Emily Murphy, Greg O'Grady 
01:00:12
July 18, 2021
Interview with Cecil Haire
On today's episode, Greg and Katelyn chat with Cecil Haire!  Cecil Haire is a reporter for CBC news in St. John's. For many years Cecil has supported the stuttering community in Newfoundland, but has now decided to speak out about his own experiences with stuttering! Throughout the podcast, Cecil talks about the tools and strategies he has used throughout his life and his career to hide his stutter. He also expands on the toll that hiding his stutter has taken on him emotionally and psychologically. He talks about feelings of panic and anxiety, how he deals with these stressful moments, and how he takes care of himself. Cecil discusses his journey of acceptance of his stutter, and how disclosing his stutter for the first time on this podcast is an important step! Katelyn, Greg, and Cecil discuss the importance of role models for people who stutter; Cecil shares his role model of Samuel L. Jackson, and he discusses the idea that he, with his career as a reporter and public figure who stutters, could be viewed as role model for people who stutter. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Greg O'Grady, Katelyn Mayo, Emily Murphy, Melanie Crane, Dr. Paul De Decker, Luca Dinu 
50:42
July 11, 2021
Interview with Dan Rossi
On today's episode, Greg and Katelyn chat with fellow podcaster Dan Rossi!  Dan Rossi is a digital marketer and cartoonist living in Toronto, Canada. He is the host of the long-standing "Stuttering is Cool" podcast and author of the book "Stuttering is Cool" (which you can find for sale on Etsy)! Throughout the episode, Dan talks about his book and the creation of the character Franky Banky, a fox who stutters. In addition to sharing about his book, Dan talks about his own experiences as a person who stutters, discussing the concept of a confident stutter and how he become comfortable to stutter openly and accept his stutter. The group chats about toxic positivity, and how to look for the positives in a situation without invalidating others' negative experiences and emotions. Dan shares what he feels might be some of the advantages of having a stutter and also details some of the most rewarding parts of his work. Finally, all three chat a little about podcasting and Dan asks what "luh" means in the name "Some Stutter, Luh!". Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Dr. Paul De Decker, Luca Dinu, Katelyn Mayo, Emily Murphy, Melanie Crane, Greg O'Grady
53:08
July 4, 2021
Interview with April Kennedy
Today, Greg and Katelyn are chatting with April Kennedy.  April is the parent of a person who stutters, and, having no previous knowledge or background with stuttering, April shares her experiences and everything she learned as a parent. She shares some of the mistakes she made and opens up about the feelings of guilt that come to parents of PWS. She shares when and how she began to learn more about stuttering, and how that changed the way she reacted and parented her son. April chats about the challenges of supporting someone who stutters and the ways in which she has sought support, while also explaining ways that support and resources could (and should) be made more easily accessible for parents of children who stutter. Finally, April shares about her experiences in the NLSA support group and how that has helped change her perspective of stuttering and people who stutter. She gives advice and encourages other parents of PWS to learn about stuttering and seek out support wherever available.  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Emily Murphy, Greg O'Grady
37:45
June 27, 2021
Interview with Dr. Michael Boyle
On today's episode, we are chatting with Dr. Michael Boyle.  Dr. Boyle is a clinical speech-language pathologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Montclair State University in the United States where he teaches graduate courses in fluency disorders and directs the Fluency Disorders Laboratory. He is an influential researcher in the field of stuttering and SLP and researches the psychosocial impacts of stuttering including public and self-stigma. Dr. Boyle's research also focuses on identifying predictors of well-being and communicative participation in people who stutter. Throughout the episode, Dr. Boyle discusses some of his work with Greg and Katelyn, expanding on the concepts of stigma and stigma-reduction, as well as explaining the Self-Stigma of Stuttering Scale (4S). All three discuss the emotional component of stuttering and Dr. Boyle shares his thoughts on how to address this in treatment. He gives advice to PWS on how to deal with negative experiences and negative emotions. Finally, Dr. Boyle shares some of the most rewarding aspects of his work as an SLP, professor, and researcher.  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Emily Murphy, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker 
01:03:24
June 20, 2021
Interview with Michael Campbell (featuring Cameron!)
Today, Greg and Katelyn chat with Michael Campbell, as well as a surprise guest, Michael's son Cameron! Michael is from Dallas, Texas. He is a person who stutters and is father to Cameron, who is also a person who stutters. Michael started the organization 'Smile I Stutter', which provides advocacy and support for people who stutter. Some of the goals of Smile I Stutter, which Michael addresses throughout the episode include: providing free speech therapy and the proper mental health resources for all those who stutter, having a Smile I Stutter representative in every school from kindergarten to post-secondary, and passing an act through congress which would require all drive-thrus to provide a touch screen option. Throughout the episode, Michael talks about his experiences as a person who stutters and how this has inspired him to create change! He discusses watching his son grow up with a stutter and explains that his son is the motivation behind creating the organization Smile I Stutter. Michael's son, Cameron, joins us in the interview and shares some of his experiences in school, as a student who stutters and both give advice for navigating school as a person who stutters. Michael also discusses his relationship with his stutter, learning to accept his stutter, and all the thinks he hopes to do to raise awareness for people who stutter!  Music: Luca Dinu  Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Emily Murphy, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker 
47:42
June 13, 2021
Interview with George Shields
Today we are chatting with George Shields!  George Shields speaks with us about his involvement with the Speech and Stuttering Institute and Harmonize for Speech. The Harmonize For Speech fund was established in 1977 as the fund-raising project of the Ontario District Association of Chapters, SPEBSQSA, commonly known as the Barbershop Harmony Society. George shares what has inspired his advocacy work and chats with Greg and Katelyn about the importance of music and how it works in treatment. He gives advice for Katelyn and other future SLP students, as well as for those interested in promoting awareness and supporting people who stutter.  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker, Emily Murphy, Luca Dinu
55:19
June 6, 2021
Interview with Kim Lawlor
Today, Greg and Katelyn chat with Kim Lawlor!  Kim is a Speech-Language Pathologist in Newfoundland. Kim chats with us about the Fluency Plus program, an intensive program used by SLPs in the treatment of stuttering. We discuss the 17 SLPs in Newfoundland who have recently completed the Fluency Plus training, and how this program can be used in the effective treatment of people who stutter in the province. Kim also talks about the importance of addressing the emotional component, in addition to fluency enhancing skills, in stuttering therapy and gives her thoughts on the collaboration between other SLPs, counsellors, psychologists, teachers, etc... Finally, Kim discusses some of her experiences working as an SLP and talks about some of the most rewarding aspects of the profession!  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker, Luca Dinu, Emily Murphy  
45:23
May 30, 2021
Interview with Ronan Corr
On today’s episode, Greg and Katelyn chat with Ronan Corr! Ronan is a person who stutters, having developed a stutter as a result of brain injury. Ronan talks about his experiences living with his stutter, and how they may differ from someone who’s cause of stuttering is unknown. They discuss the differences in conceptualizing stuttering when it comes to being as a result of clear biological factors, and how this impacts the shame and anxiety experienced. Ronan all shares some powerful thoughts about living with disability. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Greg O’Grady, Katelyn Mayo, Emily Murphy, Dr. Paul De Decker, Luca Dinu
01:03:08
May 23, 2021
Interview with Ryan Gielen
On today's episode we are chatting with Ryan Gielen!  Ryan is a film producer and took on the rolls of producer and director of the award-winning documentary "My Beautiful Stutter". This film follows five kids who stutter, ages 9 to 18, from all over the United States and all walks of life, who, after experiencing a lifetime of bullying and stigmatization, meet other children who stutter at an interactive arts-based program, The Stuttering Association for the Young, based in New York City. Though not a PWS or SLP himself, Ryan's interest in advocating for people who happen to stutter came when he attended the SAY (Stuttering Association for the Young) Gala. Ryan speaks about this experience and what led him to creating this documentary. Throughout the interview, Ryan addresses some of the profound stories he heard from PWS while filming, and how those stories affected him. He chats with Greg and Katelyn about the importance of this documentary, the feedback he has received, and the most rewarding parts of working on this project! Speaking as a person who does not stutter, Ryan shares a wonderful perspective on how to be an ally and an advocate for the stuttering community.  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Dr. Paul De Decker, Luca Dinu, Emily Murphy, Greg O'Grady, Katelyn Mayo  
47:42
May 16, 2021
Interview with Jon Garcin
In today's episode we interview Jon Garcin!  Jon is a person who stutters, a speech-language pathologist, and member of the NLSA. Jon has been a big supporter of this podcast and other NLSA projects in Newfoundland for many years! Jon speaks not only about his experiences as a person who stutters, but also as an SLP treating those who happen to stutter. Jon discusses his experiences of anxiety and acceptance as a PWS and also shares how being a person who stutters has impacted and influenced him in his education, career and relationships. Jon also shares his experiences as an SLP working virtually throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, how he supports both students and parents during treatment, and his experience with the Fluency Plus program. As well, all three have some thought-provoking conversations about what it means and how it feels to be "normal" or to live without anxiety associated with communication. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Dr. Paul De Decker, Luca Dinu, Greg O'Grady 
49:41
May 9, 2021
Interview with Lisa Wilder
On today's episode we chat with Lisa Wilder!  Lisa is a writer, graphic designer and artist living in Toronto with. She grew up in Ottawa and attended school in Vancouver. She is a volunteer with the Canadian Stuttering Association and has also shared her graphic design talents with the NLSA! Throughout the episode, Lisa and Greg discuss their mutual experiences with the CSA. Lisa also talks about her experiences as a person who stutters, touching on the topics of treatment of stuttering by SLPs, the need for stuttering awareness, and the emotional component and anxiety that accompanies stuttering. Lisa shares advice for PWS, specifically when dealing with anxiety, and also speaks about what sort of supports she would like to see implemented for PWS in the future.  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Dr. Paul De Decker, Greg O'Grady, Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu Lisa is a person who stutters and is
39:28
May 2, 2021
Interview with John Gomez
In today's episode we are chatting with John Gomez!  John is a SLP and filmmaker in Los Angeles, California. In this episode, we chat with John about his documentary "When I Stutter". When I Stutter is a 7 time award winning documentary with 100 screenings worldwide. The film reveals the humanity that exists within an often mysterious malady.  John tells us about what inspired the film and talks about the process of creating the film and sharing these stories. John also details some of his thoughts and experiences as an SLP, sharing his insightful philosophies and ideas about treating PWS, as well as teaching other SLPs effective ways of approaching stuttering treatment.  Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker  
55:36
April 25, 2021
Interview with Audrey Bigras
In this episode we chat with Audrey Bigras! Audrey is a person who stutters and a member of ABC (Association Bégaiement Communication). She details her personal experiences as a PWS, and highlights some of the concerns and anxieties that accompany stuttering. She addresses some of the social pressures and prejudices of being a person who stutters. Audrey also discusses accepting her stuttering and where she is on her journey to acceptance. On this episode, we also chat with Audrey about how the transition to online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increase of phone calls and online video conferences have impacted people who stutter. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Luca Dinu, Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker
52:43
April 18, 2021
Interview with Brent Foote
On today's episode we welcome Brent Foote! Brent is a PWS and has recently become heavily involved with the NLSA! We chat with Brent about his involvement with the NLSA support group and hear his experiences and perspectives as a PWS. Brent shares stories about growing up with a stutter and talks about how his stutter has affected both social life and work life. He shares his love of sports and hockey, and talks about how those passions helped him gain confidence. Brent shares some great advice for PWS, for SLPs, and for the public and he also asks both Greg and Katelyn some great questions!  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker, Luca Dinu
55:58
April 11, 2021
Interview with Liz Fagan
On today's episode we hear from Liz Fagan!  Liz is a musician, a writer for Le Gaboteur and is very involved in the French community of NL. With a background in linguistics, Liz says their love of sociolinguists and writing/translating music are their favorite ways to bring audiences together! Liz shares their experiences as a PWS, how having a stutter has influenced a passion and interest in working with languages, and talks about their journey of accepting their stutter.  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker, Luca Dinu, Katelyn Mayo 
30:39
April 4, 2021
Interview with Chad Feehan
On today's episode we are chatting with Chad Feehan!  Chad is a writer, musician & student in Newfoundland. He is in school for journalism at CNA and is active in a number of artistic endeavors such as music, writing and photography. Chad says he has "been stuttering since I could talk" and throughout this episode we hear some of Chad's story. We talk about Chad's experiences growing up with a stutter, what he has done to begin to accept his stutter, and the overwhelming need for more attention to be put on treating the emotional component of stuttering and the mental health of people who happen to stutter. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady
38:05
March 28, 2021
Interview with Ryan Cowley
On today's episode we are chatting with Ryan Cowley! Ryan is a sportswriter, originally from in St. John's, who grew up in Ottawa and now lives in Toronto. Currently, he is a hockey writer who writes about the NHL's Los Angeles Kings for RinkRoyalty.com.   He is also a public speaker, sharing his story of a sportswriter who stutters and is also writing a book on the subject. In this episode, we chat with Ryan about his lived experiences as a PWS, what impact this has had in his career and what he feels has helped him most on his stuttering journey!  Production Team: Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Greg O'Grady, Katelyn Mayo  Music: Luca Dinu
39:40
March 21, 2021
The Sociolinguistics of Stuttering
Welcome to our first official episode! On today's episode you'll hear a little more about your hosts (Greg O'Grady and Katelyn Mayo!), you'll learn about the mission and objectives of the Some Stutter, Luh! podcast and hear some of the positive feedback we've already received from the public! We invite guest Dr. Paul De Decker to introduce us to a recurring segment called 'The Science of Stuttering'. Paul is a professor of Linguistics at Memorial University and is a key part of our production team! For almost a year, he has been working with the people who stutter and the Newfoundland and Labrador Stuttering Association (NLSA) to develop research projects which aim to increase awareness of stuttering. Paul shares about some of the advocacy work he is doing and discusses his research on the Sociolinguistics of Stuttering. Make sure to listen to the episode to hear more from Paul, and stay tuned (!!!) because he will be back with more exciting research in future episodes. Production Team: Greg O'Grady, Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Katelyn Mayo
15:20
March 14, 2021
Some Stutter, Luh?
In this week's teaser, we reflect on the name of our podcast and learn a little bit more about where "Some Stutter, Luh" came from! Dr. Paul De Decker, professor of Linguistics at Memorial University & a member of our production team, explains the terms "some" and "luh" in the Newfoundland English dialect.  Production Team: Greg O'Grady, Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Katelyn Mayo
03:51
March 7, 2021
Teaser #2... Meet Luca!
In today's teaser, we hear a little more about the people involved in Some Stutter, Luh! podcast. Team member, Luca Dinu, joins co-hosts Greg O'Grady and Katelyn Mayo to discuss their excitement about this project!  Stay tuned for next week to meet the final member of our production team! And mark your calendars for our first full episode coming March 14th, 2021.  Production Team: Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Greg O'Grady, Katelyn Mayo 
03:31
February 28, 2021
Coming soon... (teaser #1!)
Coming soon... Some Stutter, Luh! Podcast with Greg O'Grady and Katelyn Mayo.  NFLD's first podcast about stuttering.  Production Team: Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Greg O'Grady, Katelyn Mayo
02:04
February 21, 2021