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Some Stutter, Luh!

Some Stutter, Luh!

By The Communication Collaborative
Some Stutter, Luh! Podcast aims to rebuild confidence and hope for people who live with communication disorders by dismantling stuttering myths, stigma, stereotypes and barriers. somestutterluh.ca/
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Interview with Dr. Jesse Harris
What is a linguist? We know it has something to do with languages, right? Well, Dr. Jesse Harris is one and in this episode he explains what he does. (Spoiler! His research involves experiments that track people’s eyes while they read!) As a linguist who stutters, he views stuttering as "a normal part of the speech continuum". Tune in to learn more about Jesse’s research and personal experiences at both ends of this continuum! Dr. Jesse Harris is an associate professor at UCLA in the Department of Linguistics, and advises the UCLA Language Processing Lab. He investigates how the brain figures out meaning when engaged in communication. As a person who stutters, he’s proud to serve on the Board of Directors of My Speech, a non-profit dedicated to facilitating access to high-quality, client-centered speech therapy to people in underserved communities, as well as providing resources on disability rights for students who stutter and education for speech-language pathologists in training.
01:07:47
May 22, 2022
Interview with Dr. Janet Tilstra
In this episode Greg has an exciting and informative conversation with Dr. Janet Tilstra, PhD CCC-SLP. During their conversation, they discuss Dr. Tilstra's article,  From Speech Helper to Ally. This article recognizes the need for developing a greater understanding of the psychological effects and emotions associated with communication disorders in order to encourage professionals in the field to incorporate counselling strategies in their clinical interactions. This article identifies a stuttering paradigm shift from a clinical focus to ally: a clinician changes her own perceptions of speech fluency and encourages others to re-examine theirs. Dr. Tilstra is a speech-language pathologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at St Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota (USA). She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Iowa and PhD in educational psychology at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Tilstra teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on stuttering, language development/disorders and research methods. She is an active clinical supervisor and passionate ally dedicated to amplifying the voices of people living with communication differences and disorders. She enjoys mentoring students, consulting with non-profit agencies, and designing innovative training models. Enjoy their conversation.
01:06:28
May 15, 2022
Interview with Casey Dumaresq
In the first episode of season 3, Greg speaks to Casey Dumaresq about his most fluent and severe phases of stuttering, the exact moment when he felt that he had a speaking challenge for the first time, and why he was not diagnosed with a fluency disorder. He also discusses careers that a person who stutters might pursue. All this and much more!  About Casey: Casey Dumaresq is a gay person who stutters and a Speech-Language Pathologist. Casey grew up in rural New Brunswick, and went to graduate school in Halifax. He now lives in Toronto with his husband. Casey leads a stuttering support group in downtown Toronto (currently on pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic), and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Stuttering Association. These days, Casey finds himself in a mostly-fluent phase of life, and looks forward to discussing his current place in the stuttering community.
01:15:11
May 08, 2022
Season 2 Finale
Hard to believe it but we've reached our final episode of Season 2! Join the production team as they discuss new the many new projects scheduled for The Communication Collaborative. We also celebrate the 1st Anniversary of SSL!
39:04
March 14, 2022
Interview with Penny Welch-West
Today, Greg and Katelyn are chatting with Penny Welch-West!  Penny Welch-West is a medical Speech-Language Pathologist working at Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph's Healthcare in London, Ontario. She holds a Lecturer position with the University of Western Ontario and an Adjunct Clinical Professor position with McMaster University. Penny practices as a medical SLP in a hospital setting working in Complex and Continuing Care as well as Acquired Brain Injury, working with an adult population including young adults.She has a special interest in concussion care and specifically return to learn in the secondary and post-secondary school populations.  Throughout her clinical practice, she can most often be found advocating for cognitive-communication services. As the first medical S-LP on the show, Greg and Katelyn ask Penny broad questions about what exactly her clinical work consists of and the types of people she sees on her caseload. Penny shares her experiences as an S-LP and talks about what drew her to the medical field. Penny also explains Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and it's place in her clinical practice. All three discuss the importance of advocacy and awareness for individuals with communication differences, whether that be a person who stutters, or an individual with an acquired language disorder or traumatic brain injury. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker, Melanie Crane, Luca Dinu, Emily Murphy
01:13:55
March 06, 2022
Interview with Andrea Power
On today’s episode, Greg and Katelyn are chatting with Andrea Power! Andrea attended the Walk/Run event in 2018 in support of NLASLPA organized by Greg and members of the stuttering community. Shortly after she quickly accepted an invitation to join the board for the newly formed NLSA. She continues to be inspired by work of the Board and is impressed at how far the NLSA has come in the past 3 years. She is proud to be a part of this growing not for profit organization and embraces the opportunity to expand her knowledge about stuttering so that she can assist in raising awareness and acceptance of PWS!
56:37
February 27, 2022
Interview with Saran Croos
On today's episode, Greg and Katelyn are speaking with Saran Croos!  Saran is the Engineering and Computer Science Librarian at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Fredericton. He holds an honours BA from the University of Windsor, an MPA from Queen’s University and an MLIS from Western University. Saran also has a Mechanical Engineering Technology diploma from Algonquin College and worked as a Computer Numerical Control Machinist before his career as a librarian. Saran was born in Sri Lanka, and his family immigrated to Canada in 1991. He grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and lived in many cities in Ontario before relocating to New Brunswick, where he resides currently. In addition to English, Saran also speaks Sinhalese and a bit of Tamil. Saran is a person who stutters, and he has been stuttering most of his life. Throughout the episode, Saran shares personal stories and experiences about growing up as a person who stutters. He talks about how his stuttering has changed over the years, and explains how he views stuttering in relation to his identity. Music: Luca Dinu  Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Dr. Paul De Decker, Greg O'Grady
51:24
February 20, 2022
Interview with Carolina and Sang (A Valentine's Day special!)
For our special Valentine's day episode, we are welcoming back Carolina Ayala, who is joined by her partner Sang!  Carolina and Sang are a long distance couple from two different cultures, living in different North American cities. Carolina, an extrovert who lives in Toronto and working as a Community Support Worker supporting people with disabilities. Sang, an introvert who works as an IT Tech living in New York City. They are both foodies at heart that share common interests such as  being curious and enthusiastic to explore the world together and challenge each other along the way. They are sometimes opposites who attract. But they are definitely 2 stuttering peas in a pod! Sang and Carolina share with us what dating is like as a person who stutters. They chat about stuttering brought them together, and the best parts about being in a relationship with another PWS!  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Greg O'Grady 
56:30
February 14, 2022
Interview with Dr. David Luterman
Today, Greg and Katelyn are chatting with Dr. David Luterman!  Dr. Luterman is an audiologist who has made incredible contributions to the fields of both audiology and speech-language pathology with his research and publications about counselling for people with communication disorders. Dr. Luterman has a long list of achievements, some of which he discussed with us throughout the podcast. During the interview, Dr. Luterman explains a little about his primary area of interest, counselling for families of hearing impaired children, but also talks about his work with stuttering and communication disorders more broadly. The three discuss the emotional components of communication disorders, and the need for this to be better addressed. David and Katelyn chat about why the field is lacking when it comes to counselling, and why it would be beneficial for students and clinicians to receive more counselling training. David gives advice for communicating difficult information to clients and their families, while especially emphasizing the role of the parents in these situations. David also talks about his work with support groups, and he and Greg discuss the importance of support groups for people with communication disorders, as well as for their families and loved ones.  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Greg O'Grady
01:07:31
February 06, 2022
Interview with Martha Horrocks
On today's episode, Greg and Katelyn are speaking with Martha Horrocks!  Martha, also known as @martha_speech on instagram, is a Maine-based S-LP. She is the owner of Martha Speech & Stuttering Therapy, a private practice providing speech/language teletherapy for school-age children. Martha is passionate about stuttering, and shares the latest research, treatment ideas, and resources with people who stutter, speech-language pathologists, educators, and parents on her Instagram page! Martha also specializes in teletherapy and creates interactive, digital activities to support therapy sessions. Prior to becoming a SLP, Martha received two other MEds (in Elementary Education and Special Education), and worked as a special educator. Throughout this interview, Martha shares her journey towards Speech-Language Pathology and speaks about her interest in stuttering. Martha gave us an interesting look into treating young people and children who stutter. We discussed the emotional component of stuttering and the importance of addressing this in therapy. Katelyn and Martha discussed why they think some S-LPs shy away from stuttering. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Dr. Paul De Decker, Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Luca Dinu, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy
01:11:31
January 30, 2022
Interview with Paige Smith
Today, Greg and Katelyn are speaking with Paige Smith!  Paige is a person who stutters and has spent her adult years focusing on accepting her stutter and turning it into something more positive! Paige started the "The Happy Stutterer Mindset" coaching program, which she says guides you through the emotional healing process, allowing you to gain speaking confidence from the inside-out. Throughout the interview, Paige tells us about how this program started and what it entails. She explains the success she's seen from this program, and how important gaining confidence can be for everyone. Paige shares some of her own struggles that led her to this point, and shares some of the things that helped her most along the way, including a poignant story about why she decided to change her name. All three discuss the heavy emotions that accompany stuttering and the need to address those emotions and learn to live and be happy and confident, despite your stutter.  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Luca Dinu, Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker
51:19
January 23, 2022
Interview with Dr. Rachel Goldenberg
Today Greg and Katelyn are chatting with Dr. Rachel Goldenberg, one of Katelyn's classmates!  Dr. Rachel Goldenberg is a leading authority in singing and lung disease. Dr. Goldenberg’s doctoral dissertation focused on the use of singing lessons as an adjunctive airway clearance technique for cystic fibrosis and her article, “Singing for Respiratory Health: A Literature Review” was published in 2018 in the peer-reviewed Journal of Voice. As an active and trained singing voice specialist, she frequently assists injured singers, actors and other voice users referred to her from medical professionals and the voice community. Dr. Goldenberg received her Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal pedagogy from Shenandoah University and also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in voice performance and pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She previously taught voice, speech and pedagogy at Ambrose University and maintained a private voice studio in her native Calgary. Recently she has focused her work on helping people with lung disease to better coordinate their breath with the voice through individual lessons and the “Breathe, Sing, Move!” program created at Breathe Well Physio in Calgary.   During our interview, Rachel told us about the “Breathe, Speak, Pace” voice skills program for people experiencing long-COVID. Rachel talked a lot about how she teaches breath training and breathing skills, and her and Greg discuss the importance of breath in stuttering management. Rachel explains why she was drawn to Speech-Language Pathology and what inspired her to continue to pursue her education. Throughout the interview, all three discuss the importance of music, and how singing can be beneficial in many ways, including in stuttering treatment. Rachel also talks about acceptance when living with a chronic condition, and explains the parallel she has seen between those with chronic lung disease and the experience of stuttering. Finally, Rachel gives some words of wisdom to Katelyn, her classmates, and any other students listening to the podcast!  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker
01:05:20
January 16, 2022
Interview with Tightrope Improv Theatre
Our first interview of 2022 and our first group interview! Today, Greg and Katelyn are chatting with Wendy, Dan, and Robert of Tightrope Improv Theatre! Tightrope Improv a company specializing in the art of improvisation. This company, based in British Columbia, partners with Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. to provide improv classes for people who stutter. Tightrope will bring the fundamentals of improv to support participants to speak with confidence by focusing on presence & saying yes, cultivating laughter, and celebrating mistakes. Throughout our interview we spoke with the Tightrope team members Dan (Director of Work and Wellness), Wendy Duke (Speech Language Pathologist and founder of Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc), and Robert O’Brien (Author, Educator, trained actor, and PWS). The team talked about the benefits participants of these Improv workshops have experienced and share how these workshops came to be. Katelyn and Wendy have conversations about speech-language pathology, Dan shares about his experiences with improv and what exactly improv entails, and Robert & Greg discuss some personal experiences as people who stutter. All three offer some interesting perspectives and discussions, and we are so lucky to have had the chance to speak with them! Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Greg O'Grady, Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Emily Murphey, Melanie Crane, Dr. Paul De Decker
01:03:40
January 09, 2022
Interview with Mary Wood
On today's episode, we are welcoming Mary Wood!  Mary is a person who stutters and has had lots of experiences throughout her life to share with us on this topic! Mary talks about her experiences in speech therapy, and her experiences in support groups. All three discuss the importance of support group for people who stutter. Mary gives advice for future clinicians, as well as the future generation of people who stutter. Throughout the episode, Mary offers wisdom and provides inspiration and motivation in her stories and experiences!  
52:44
December 05, 2021
Interview with Dr. Ronan Miller
Today, Greg and Katelyn are speaking with Dr. Ronan Miller!  Ronan is a person who stutters, an English foreign language teacher, and worked on his PhD at the University of Valencia. His research looks into the experiences of students who stutter in foreign language classes. He is also a member of the team that is developing the app BeneTalk, which is an app for people who stutter. He considers himself a stuttering advocate and enjoys talking about stuttering in an open and honest way, which is what he shared with us throughout the episode! He also shared some insights into stuttering in bilingual/multilingual individuals and discussed some points from his research! Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Greg O'Grady, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Dr. Paul De Decker
01:00:19
November 29, 2021
Interview with Dr. Mark Onslow
Today, Greg and Katelyn are welcoming Dr. Mark Onslow!  Dr. Onslow is the Foundation Director of the Australian Stuttering Research Centre. His research interests are the epidemiology of early stuttering, mental health of those who stutter, measurement of stuttering, and the nature and treatment of stuttering. Mark is also a member of the international Lidcombe Program Trainers Consortium. Throughout the interview, Mark explains what the Lidcombe Program is, and discusses some special considerations for treating young people who stutter. All three talk about the emotional component of stuttering and the relationship between stuttering and mental health. Further, they talk about addressing feelings and attitudes surrounding stuttering with children, and how to best intervene early and mediate the negative effects stuttering may have on mental health in the future. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker
56:01
November 21, 2021
Interview with Dan Rossi
In today’s episode, Katelyn and Greg are welcoming back 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)! Unfortunately, Katelyn was overwhelmed with midterm exams, assignments, no the business of grad school, so Greg graciously took over this interview himself! Throughout the interview, Greg and Dan talk about the character Franky Banky, a fox who stutters, created by Dan! They discuss how this character can be a useful therapeutic tool in speech therapy!
52:54
November 14, 2021
Interview with Jordi Fernandez
On today's episode, Greg and Katelyn welcome Jordi Fernandez!  Jordi is originally from Spain but lives in the UK. He studied mechanical engineering, but moved to UK in 2007 to work as a subsea engineer. Then, after working for 10 years designing subsea structures for deepwater projects for the oil & gas,  Jordi decided to quit to build the app BeneTalk. Jordi tells us about the ideas behind BeneTalk and how his experiences as a person who stutters in life and in speech therapy inspired the app. Jordi compared the app to a 'fitness tracker', where you can track progress! Jordi spoke with us about the goal of the app, which he hopes will be able to help those already in therapy maintain their skills and improve their mental health, as well as providing speech therapy techniques for this who stutter but may not have access to treatment and therapy. Jordi and his team have created a wonderful app, and you can find more info at their website https://www.benetalk.com/. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Dr. Paul De Decker, Luca Dinu, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Greg O'Grady
53:52
November 07, 2021
Interview with Ryan Cowley
On today’s episode, Greg and Katelyn are welcoming back Ryan Cowley!  Ryan was our very first guest on SSL! and is back again to chat with us about his new book "All THE RIGHT WORDS, My Journey as a Sportswriter Who Stutters." Ryan’s book is a remarkable and inspirational work, a must read. Thank you Ryan for sharing your story, both in your writing and on our podcast!  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Greg O'Grady, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Katelyn Mayo
35:08
November 01, 2021
Interview with John Paskievich
On today's episode, Greg and Katelyn are chatting with John Paskievich!  John is a filmmaker and person who stutters living in Manitoba. John produced the film Unspeakable, which examines the nature, history and treatment of stuttering. Paskievich says that "the film is a call for liberation, not from stuttering, but from the ignorance and stigma that surround it". Throughout this interview, John talks about Unspeakable and his experiences being a filmmaker who stutters. He also shares many stories about his life in general as a person who stutters and talks about working towards accepting his stutter. He talks about the emotional component of stuttering, the impact that it has had on his life, and some of the ways stuttering has presented him with difficulties throughout his life. Despite these obstacles, we can see that John has pushed through and made a name for himself as a successful filmmaker! Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Dr. Paul De Decker, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Luca Dinu
45:06
October 24, 2021
Interview with Eddie Läck
On today's episode, Greg and Katelyn are chatting with a very exciting guest, Eddie Läck!  Eddie is a Swedish-born hockey player, and a former NHL goaltender. He spent many years playing hockey professionally before retiring due to an injury, and shifting his focus to both coaching and working in real estate. Something many hockey fans don't know about Eddie is that he is also a person who stutters. Throughout the interview, Eddie shares a little bit about what it was like to be a person who stutters in the public eye, and recalls some of the negative comments he received as a result. He speaks about learning to accept his stutter and about being open with his stuttering in the NHL, in the sports industry, and in life. All three discuss the importance of having positive role models for people who stutter, and Eddie shares a special story about a young fan who reached out to him because of his stutter!  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Melanie Crane, Emily Murphy, Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker
28:10
October 17, 2021
Interview with Laura Tulk
On this episode, we are very excited to be chatting with our friend, Laura Tulk!  Laura is currently in her second year at the University of Toronto studying Speech-Language Pathology and has been a long time supporter of SSL! She has been an active advocate for stuttering awareness in Newfoundland, which we discuss together throughout this episode. In 2020, Laura created the documentary "Getting the Words Out" in collaboration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Stuttering Association to help dispel stuttering stereotypes and increase public awareness and understanding of stuttering. She is also a member of the NLSA Collaborative research group and has worked with fluency clients in her placements as an SLP students. Laura shares details about these experiences and the impact they have had on her and the stuttering community. Laura and Katelyn talk about the importance of understanding the emotional component of stuttering as future clinicians working in the area of fluency disorders. Laura shares what it was like to complete her first year of graduate school online and gives lots of thoughtful and insightful advice & tips for future SLP students going into their first year or working on grad school applications!  Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Emily Murphy, Melanie Crane 
56:39
October 10, 2021
Interview with Brad Glynn
On today's episode, Greg and Katelyn are chatting with Brad Glynn.  Brad is the executive director of CHANNEL, is a registered charity created by and for individuals living with mental health and addictions issues. Brad, himself, has experienced mental health challenges, as well as injuries, which led to the development of a stutter. Brad talks about the changes to his mental health that came as a result of developing a stutter and the additional challenges his stuttering has caused. Brad shares his story in an emotional and vulnerable way, and his struggles have led him to a job in the field of mental health support and awareness. Brad explains to Greg and Katelyn the mission of CHANNEL and some of the resources the organization offers. He talks about the need for mental health resources for people who stutter and gives advice to those seeking support, emphasizing the importance of finding others with similar lived experiences. Throughout the interview, Brad is vocal about the need for awareness and stigma reduction for both stuttering and mental health challenges, and this is something Brad works towards in his job and personal life. Music: Luca Dinu Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Luca Dinu, Dr. Paul De Decker, Greg O'Grady, Melanie Crane 
52:15
October 03, 2021
Interview with Amy Bateman
WHAT IS A CDA? On today's episode, Greg and Katelyn chat with Amy about her role as a CDA and the benefit CDAs provide in speech therapy!  Amy Bateman is a graduate of Memorial University and has recently finished the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at St. Lawrence College. Throughout this interview, Amy shares with us her experiences in this program and explains exactly what a CDA is, how they differ from an SLP, and all the ways in which a CDA can enhance a client's experience. While sharing her own stories from the program and from her placements, Amy also emphasizes the need for more CDAs (especially in Newfoundland & Labrador) and for the valuable work that they do to be more recognized in the community. Greg and Katelyn discuss ways in which SSL could support CDAs in NL and encourage Amy to keep advocating for CDAs and the incredible work that they do!  This episode is dedicated in loving memory of Jaclyn Aguiar, who left us before the world could see what an incredible CDA and person she would become. Some words from her friend and classmate, Amy:  I would like to thank Katelyn and Greg for providing me the opportunity to dedicate this episode of SSL to my friend, Jaclyn Aguiar.    Jaclyn was a student in the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at St. Lawrence College. She was a straight A student who had the charisma and motivation to move mountains. Jaclyn enjoyed the CDA program as it provided academic challenges and the opportunity to learn about communicative disorders in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Jaclyn became a close friend of mine over the course of the CDA program. Although our friendship began virtually, it had no impact on how real and true our friendship was. We were kindred spirits and I miss her terribly. A friendship that will last a life time. Music: Luca Dinu  Production Team: Katelyn Mayo, Greg O'Grady, Luca Dinu, Melanie Crane, Dr. Paul De Decker
59:58
September 26, 2021
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 04, 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 06, 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 09, 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 02, 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 04, 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 07, 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