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Helping stutterers towards fluent speech
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Australian Speak Easy Association added 3 new photos.Thursday, August 16th, 2018 at 6:19pm
# Peter Dhu

Fear is one of the big things that hold people who stutter back, even those of us who have had therapy and now strive for a good level of fluency. I am a public speaker and speak around Australia and South East Asia. I still experience nerves and fear when I do new gigs, or large events.

Many of you will have seen the short 7-minute web movie made about my life (Stories Out Loud – Episode No 3). And so did Fredrik Haren from Asia Professional Speakers Singapore (APSS). Fredrik was the convention organiser for the 2018 APSS Annual Convention. He loved the video and my story and asked me if I would be one of the guest speakers at the convention. Yes, fear, self-doubt and uncertainty took hold of me and I held off replying. One week later I said yes. Now the fear and self-doubt did not disappear. Rather I said yes with the self-doubt and fear because I knew I should. I knew that I needed to do this conference and I needed to do what I teach others – to face my fears front on. So I did.

Now Fredrik was very interested in my journey and my struggles to speak (He is a Global keynote speaker of great repute) and Fredrik, along with the APSS wanted to help people who stutter. They were going to hold an auction of donated goods at the convention and wanted to know of an Asian Association who helped people who stutter, that would benefit most from any funds raised. I immediately thought of the Nepalese Stuttering Association, that I had once visited. They do so much with so little.

To cut a long story short, I spoke at the APSS convention. They had the auction on the night of the Gala Dinner and they raised $30,000 $SG (equivalent to $30,000 $AUD) of which $15,000 went to the Nepalese Stuttering Association. I spoke to Sanjay in Nepal and they have the money and are doing great things for people who stutter, from reaching out to isolated communities, training therapists and growing the self-help community. $15,000 AUD is a significant windfall to the Nepalese Stuttering Association.

Because I faced my fear and agreed to speak at an International Convention and with the help of Fredrik, the APSS and the wonderful Singaporeans, the Nepalese Stuttering Association can now do some great work to help people who stutter. It is amazing what happens when we face our fears. The brilliant learning, the positive spin offs and the money to help the Nepalese. Since then I have been asked to speak in Manila and I am sure I will get further International gigs.

Fear is a funny thing as is being comfortable. Do not wait to get rid of fear, do not wait to fix your stutter, keep getting uncomfortable and just do what you know you deserve to do and that which is true and authentic to you. And you never know what might happen.

I hope to see you all at the 2018 Australian ASEA Convention in Melbourne on the 26 to 28 of October.
Australian Speak Easy Association
Australian Speak Easy AssociationThursday, August 9th, 2018 at 6:02pm
Just registered to attend and speak at th 2018 ASEA convention in Melbourne. Looking forward to catching up with old friends and new friends. Peter Dhu.
Australian Speak Easy Association
Australian Speak Easy AssociationFriday, August 3rd, 2018 at 11:43pm



The NSW ASEA is pleased that the noted researcher and speech pathologist, Dr Elaine Blumgart, will present at our August Maintenance Day speaking on the topic of Anxiety and its relationship to stuttering. Your committee welcome all members to attend to hear what this interesting and experienced researcher into stuttering has to say about a vital issue that affects, perhaps as many as 50% of chronic adolescent and adult persons, who stutter. Dr Blumgart is well known to many in Speak Easy as she has shared her knowledge to our members on a number of occasions, including the 2016 ASEA National Conference in Adelaide. Dr Blumgart will present her thoughts on the up to date research into anxiety and stuttering and provide tips on how to deal with anxiety. We will then have afternoon tea and a question and answer session with Dr Blumgart.


Peter Greville
NSW/ACT Australian Speak Easy Association
Australian Speak Easy Association
Australian Speak Easy AssociationTuesday, July 31st, 2018 at 1:04pm
We are Glad to have Mark Delahunty as one of our presenters at the 2018 ASEA Annual Convention to be held in Melbourne in October 2018.

If you know anyone who stutters and would benefit from attending the SpeakEasy Convention, please let them know. Thank you for your help.

Mark Delahunty:

I first ‘discovered’ smooth speech in 1985. As 25 year old who found it hard to string two to three words together, I completed a two-week smooth speech intensive course at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane. And suddenly a whole new world was opened to me. However, six months later, I moved to Sale in Victoria. Without people to practice with, my smooth speech slowly declined.

I completed a second smooth speech course in 2003 at La Trobe University Melbourne, under the guidance of Sue Block. Knowing the importance of consistent practice, I have attended almost every review day at La Trobe University since.

In 2010, a fellow stutterer and I started talking once a week on Skype. The Skype group has now grown, with approximately 20 members participating twice weekly. We practice all the smooth speech techniques, self-evaluate and give positive feedback to others.

I have a very good understanding of the smooth speech techniques and use these techniques in my everyday life.

#Stutter #SpeakEasy #Melbourne
Australian Speak Easy Association
Australian Speak Easy AssociationMonday, July 30th, 2018 at 12:48pm
Ted Powell is a person who stutterers. He is 81 years old and works full time at running a chemical company. He is an active table tennis player.

He is presenting a TED Talk at 2018 ASEA SpeakEasy Annual Convention. He will share with us his experience and learnings from the book “Winning with Your Voice” by Dr. Morton Cooper.

Mort Cooper worked at Stanford University in the 1970’s to complete his Ph.D. focusing on stuttering. He has acted as a voice coach to film stars, stage presenters, politicians, and singers. He previously ran a TV show and is a past president of the American Speech and Hearing Association. He has written several books. He has developed a relatively simple speech treatment process which has been successful in treating multiple speech problems and disorders including stuttering.