Make Room For The Stuttering

Don’t Stay Home – Episode 85

Posted on: April 23, 2012

Episode 85 features Jolene Bower who hails from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jolene works in purchasing for an oil and gas company, and is also in university, studying psychology. She starts graduate school next fall to study speech language pathology.

Jolene talks about why she wants to become a speech therapist, and therapy experiences she has had. We talk about fluency shaping, and how hard it can be sometimes to transfer those skills into “real life” experiences.

Jolene also shares about her experiences at a three week intensive therapy at ISTAR (Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

We talk about what it was like for Jolene to start stuttering at the age of 15, which is considered late onset. Research indicates that most stuttering starts in childhood, between the ages of 2 and 5.

We also discuss choosing not to talk, finding our identity, apologizing and reaching the point of not caring what others think!

Jolene also shares that she just recently started a local stuttering support group in her community and how that is going.

Listen in to a great conversation between two women who stutter. Feel free to leave comments or let Jolene know what a great job she did. Feedback is a gift!

Music used in this episode is credited to ccMixter.

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3 Responses to "Don’t Stay Home – Episode 85"

Hallo Jolene! I’ll only say, that your stuttering, together with your voice, is of a sort, which calms the listener down and let him hear what you really say. That’s my opinion anyway. Very good. Bengt

You sound beautiful hun.

Before I pen down this comment, I’d just like to say that it feels good to tune into your podcasts once again, Pam.

Not only was this an honest share on Jolene’s part, I can also say that I relate to her to a great extent. Deciding to switch to speech pathology, recognizing the difficulty in ‘transferring’ fluency skills and yet appreciating its power to maintain a stronger locus of control really made me smile, picturing how I deal with my own stutter.

Great podcast! Probably we guys could meet up one day considering CA is not really far away! *As my friends and I currently make plans to party up Montreal sometime this summer lol!!*

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