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Doors Of Opportunity-Episode 40

Posted on: January 10, 2011

Episode 40 features Mary Rose Sevilla Labandelo, or Mary Lab,as she is known on Facebook, who hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Mary is the founder/coordinator of the Vancouver Support Group for Stutterers and has been a board member of the British Columbia Association for People who Stutter. She is presently a Pre-school teacher.

Mary has always enjoyed being around children, and finds she stutters much less when around children. She finds she has more control, when being in the “role” of teacher, and therefore, has more control over her speech. Mary discusses how she finds that “acting out characters” when reading to children really helps her!

Listen is as we discuss the impact of stuttering on Mary’s childhood and how its been different for her as an adult. We discuss disclosure, acceptance, and the value of using her own experiences to help others.

Mary shares how attending a conference of the Canadian Stuttering Association  helped her finally embrace herself and drive her towards acceptance. Mary also discusses how she views her stuttering as different from the “stereotypical” image of stuttering.

The podcast safe music clip, “I’m Gonna Shine” used in this episode is credited to DanoSongs.

Please feel free to leave comments for Mary, or just let her know what a great job she did! Feedback is a gift, as I keep learning!

2 Responses to "Doors Of Opportunity-Episode 40"

Thanks for sharing this story Mary and being so honest. I work as a teacher of young children too and always find my self more comfortable and relaxed around the kids too.
We have the same name! I usually feel more anxious around adults and worry about what parents might think. No one has ever said anything so I guess its not an issue, or they are just being polite.
Congrats on the work you are doing as well with the stuttering community in Canada. Good for you!

Your very welcome Mary! Thanks on the congrats! Where are you from? Are you on facebook? If so add me on its Mary Lab!

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