Make Room For The Stuttering

Professional Stutterer – Episode 50

Posted on: March 23, 2011

Episode 50  features Jenny who hails from Santa Clarita, California. Jenny and her husband are the proud parents of two boys, Matthew and Nathan, with a third boy arriving in July. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations also to “Women Who Stutter: Our Stories”, for this milestone 50th episode. I am proud to be part of this magical telling of stories that have just been waiting to be heard.

Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, Jenny was pursuing her doctorate in higher education at UCLA. She was researching what impact choosing two year community colleges before transferring into four year schools might have on the typical college student.

Jenny jokes that she had vowed that she would not be one of those women who did not complete her educational goals because of pregnancy, but so far, parenting has kept her busy enough to not finish the PhD yet!

Listen in as we talk about acceptance, guilt and shame, and what it has been like for Jenny’s son Matthew, who is 9 years old and also stutters.

Matthew was having a hard time with bullying and teasing by peers, which ultimately helped Jenny begin to resolve her own acceptance issues with being a woman who stutters.

Jenny found a great speech therapist for Matthew, who has also met two other kids his age who stutter. Jenny herself has recently begun attending the NSA chapter in San Fernando Valley and hopes to attend her first NSA conference herself in 2012.

Credit for the podcast safe music clip used in this episode goes to DanoSongs.

As always, feel free to leave feedback for either Jenny or me. We’d love to hear your thoughts on being a woman who stutters who also has a child who stutters.


3 Responses to "Professional Stutterer – Episode 50"

Hi Pam,

What a great podcast! Thank you Jenny as well! Pam, do you have Jenny’s email address? I would love to write and ask a few questions.

Thanks 🙂


By now, you two have probably connected. But it would be great if you posed your questions here as well, and if Jenny took the time to answer here as well, for the benefit of others who listened and may be curious about more as well! Sometimes people just listen and don’t comment, but like on many blogs and list-servs, there are lurkers, who do indeed read everything.
Thanks for listening Jen!

Yes! Thank you Pam!!

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