About the Author:
Leah Hoover hails from Southern Ontario, Canada, and currently resides in greater Boston, Massachusetts. She’s a Leafs and Blue Jays fan and true to her heritage, enjoys curling.
She is a person who has experienced stuttering for more than 40 years.
She received her first speech therapy after university, has been a member and leader of various volunteer organizations for persons who stutter, has received motor development and mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapies.
All the wonderful assistance she received has helped her navigate her speech journey, which she feels has been a very successful and life changing adventure.
So you’ve had speech therapy… now what? You’ve learned and practiced motor speech skills, you use easy onsets and light contacts. You may have had mindfulness and acceptance and commitment therapy or belong to volunteer groups for persons who stutter. But, does your speech define you? It doesn’t have to. It no longer defines me; my transition and my change is my personal success story. I have changed… from my speech controlling me, to me managing my speech. And my life. No more negative energy spent on avoiding and substituting. No more feelings of judgement and fear. Transfers, practice, and a new mindset have allowed me to let go. And to live a true values based life. Learn more in this video, and enjoy ISAD 2021.
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