Make Room For The Stuttering

She Saw Her Sign – Episode 52

Posted on: April 18, 2011

Episode 52 features Marley Robertson, who hails from Winchester, Virginia. Marley is 23 years old and a recent graduate of Old Dominion University, with a degree in Human Services. She is applying to graduate programs for Fall 2011. She wants to pursue a Master’s degree in Divinity.

Marley has always been actively involved with her church, and has currently been working as a Youth Minister.

Listen in as Marley honestly shares her history of covert stuttering. We met on one of the stuttering listservs, where Marley shared that she really wanted to become more open and positive about her stuttering.

Marley shares about her recent therapy experience at the Hollins Communication Research Institute in Roanoke, Virginia, and about the fluency tools she learned there. She also talks about being open and honest about her stuttering with people she has always hid it from.

Marley only recently discovered her “calling” for Ministry and tells us how she knew. She also shares a great story that definitely signaled that she has made the right decisions in her life.

Credit for the podcast safe musical clip “Echoed” goes to ccMixter. Please feel free to leave comments for Marley, or just tell her what a great job she has done. This is the first time Marley has been public with her story.

Congratulations Marley for sharing and inspiring us!

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4 Responses to "She Saw Her Sign – Episode 52"

Marley,
I really enjoyed hearing part of your story. Let me know when you are in Richmond. I look forward to meeting you in person and talk about stuttering 🙂

I have known Marley since she was a baby, and while I probably haven’t seen her in a few years she sounds the most fluent I have ever heard her! Congratulations to Marley! She has come a long way, sounds wonderful and embracing this must be very liberating! So proud of her!

Thank you all for your comments!! I really enjoyed sharing some of my story! This was such a neat experience for me and such an amazing step in my journey! I am so thankful that I had this opportunity!

Sarah- I look forward to meeting you too when I’m in the Richmond area! 🙂

Maria- Thank you so much for your kind words! Embracing this and taking so many steps in the past 8 months has been so great and a life changing experience for me. It has been very liberating and exciting!!

Thank you again for your comments on here! 🙂

I always wanted to hear what HCRI graduates sound like post intensive treatment. Marley sounded very relaxed and confident! Not that I mean to compare therapy approaches, but many other intensive programs leave clients with a very artificial form of speech. Rather fluency.

This was a very interesting and honest conversation which both of you’ll had. The incident wherein Marley saw her name on the car nameplate was hilarious. Hilarious and creepy! Talk about god giving us signs!

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