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Welcome to the Australian Speak Easy Association Facebook page! If you are a person with a stutter, parent of a child who stutters, speech pathologist or simply have an interest in stuttering then this is the page for you. The aims of this page is to share the latest in research, popular media and be a place of positive discussion and community. Please like and share to join in with all the exciting things to come!
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Australian Speak Easy AssociationFriday, January 6th, 2017 at 10:03am
People from all over Australia (and internationally) are benefitting from the new Telerehabilitation Clinic (TRC) at The University of Queensland (UQ). The TRC offers speech pathology services, including a well renowned fluency clinic that is an extension of the fluency services offered at UQ’s St Lucia campus. UQ’s fluency services are extremely popular and now reaches more clients thanks to the TRC.
Sessions occur using a secure two-way videoconference platform which has been designed specifically for allied health services. Therapy is tailored to each individual client’s goals. The clinics are student-led, under supervision from qualified practitioners.
Clients require a PC, laptop (with webcam & microphone) or iPad, with an internet connection. We always perform a test call prior to booking any sessions, to ensure we have an adequate connection.
Adriana Penman, certified practising speech pathologist, academic and clinical educator in the TRC said ‘being able to utilise technology within the TRC to see clients who can’t otherwise access speech services for fluency issues is amazing. We’ve been able to help clients who otherwise would not be able to access services, and to give them strategies to help control their stuttering and improve their confidence with communication.’
‘Our UQ Fluency clinic is extremely busy, and now with the addition of the TRC, we are able to see more clients, especially those that don’t want to battle the after-work traffic!’
The TRC was established in 2015 following a philanthropic donation from the Bowness Family Foundation. Services began with speech pathology, but has now expanded to offer audiology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy services. To find out more visit their website or phone (07) 3365 2232.
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Australian Speak Easy AssociationWednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 6:56pm
Here at ASEA we hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We have a question for you - what positive things have occurred in your life as a result of your experience with stuttering?

Whether that be as a person with a stutter, someone who knows a person with a stutter, someone interested in stuttering, whatever it might be, we want to know the good things that have occurred as a result.

We'll kick it off by celebrating the connections we have made and relationships developed as a result of our experiences with stuttering...that includes you reading this!

Let us know in the comments the positive impact your experience with stuttering has had on your life!
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Australian Speak Easy Association shared Discover Magazine's post.Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 9:06pm
Stuttering mice?! Could this be a step closer to understanding why some people have a stutter?
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Australian Speak Easy AssociationSunday, December 18th, 2016 at 3:19pm
Strategies that can help build confidence in-spite of Stuttering

By Scott Monson - Director, 4D Learning

Don't hide your stutter.
For most of us, this only makes the stuttering worse. If we do successfully hide it, the fear that our 'secret' will discovered will ultimately increase our anxiety about stuttering.

Stay as positive as possible.
If you do block or stutter badly, smile at the person you are speaking to and show them that you might be having difficulty, but you are pretty OK about it (even if you don't feel OK about it on the inside).

Be comfortable with who you are.
Most people get uncomfortable around stutterers because the stutterer looks uncomfortable (for obvious reasons). Like staying positive, people will feel at ease if they see that you are also at ease.

Don't feed the bullies.
Bullies get off on people's weaknesses. This doesn't mean you should be, or need to be, physically strong. You can take their power away by not giving them the response they are looking for - they want to make you angry, embarrassed, sad, etc, so don't let them have that effect on you.

Talk about your stutter.
Help people understand what the external and internal struggle to speak feels like, and how they can best support you. This can be a scary thing to do, but it shows people that you are a real person dealing with your issues - you might even learn they have their own struggles in life!

There are no easy solutions to stuttering. Like anything, achieving your potential requires hard work, courage, perseverance and a willingness to change your thinking. Each of these strategies can be used without a physical speaking technique and, in time, can help you become a more confident speaker. Of course, you can accelerate the process by combining these strategies with a proven speaking technique and ongoing coaching and support.
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Australian Speak Easy Association updated their cover photo.Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 7:18pm