Stuttering Is Cool



Your guide to stuttering in a fast-talking world


  • The misunderstood definition of acceptance

    17/08/2021 Duration: 01h02min

    Episode #259 – Who knew accepting your stuttering can be controversial? For some, like myself, accepting one’s own stuttering is the definition of empowerment, freeing one from worrying about stuttering, and opening up many opportunities in all facets of life. For others, it’s the definition of… giving up and defeat? You can understand why I’ve always had a hard time understanding the latter. After all, I produce a podcast named Stuttering is Cool! Join me and a few of my friends from around the world where they teach me that acceptance can mean different things to each individual. This episode begins with an engaging chat with Angélica Bernabé, from Centro Especializado en Tartamudez in Peru, who recently gave a presentation about stuttering acceptance to speech-language pathologists.

  • A work in progress

    29/06/2021 Duration: 40min

    Episode #258: I speak with Ari Waldman, co-funder of Pathway With Stuttering, an initiative that takes a unique approach to supporting people who stutter. Learn about Ari’s journey from covert stutterer to overt stutterer working in commercial real estate sales and how Pathway With Stuttering uses a wholistic approach that not only covers stuttering via Schneider’s Speech’s free Transcending Stuttering (I drew cartoons for the workbook!), but also other aspects of life including health, religion, professional networking, and more!

  • Bringing awareness and diversity for children

    25/05/2021 Duration: 41min

    Episode #257: I chat with Sherrika Meyer, author of the Lil Herbie series of books for children, about her experiences growing up with stuttering and how she came to create the Lil Herbie series. However, Sherrika is not just an author, she is also the founder of Every 1 Voice Matters which breaks down communicative, social, and cultural barriers to teach kids to live their best lives through community events, school assemblies, and even a pop up Santa!. Sherrika is an unstoppable dynamo and a great example that you can live a very successful life even when you stutter! I also give a quick update on the Joint World Congress on Stuttering and Cluttering taking place on May 27 to 30, 2022.

  • It’s their stutter, not mine

    10/05/2021 Duration: 46min

    Episode #256: Recorded live during the StutterFest 2021, Stephanie Lebsack joins me in sharing some of the comics her SLP students drew depicting their understanding of what “overcoming” stuttering means. Note the quotes as I’m not referring to achieving fluency or being “fixed” (there are those quotes again). Stephanie’s philosophy for speech therapy is “it’s their stutter, not mine”. In other words, the client’s needs and wants are the focus of their speech pathology journey to let them feel listened to. If you’re an SLP or an SLP student, you won’t want to miss this! Fun fact – this episode as recorded live during the 20-hour StutterFest 2021 virtual celebration of the global stuttering community organized by the World Stuttering Network.

  • Your voice has value no matter what

    23/03/2021 Duration: 44min

    Episode #255: I want you to hear me even if I stutter. Those are the words of Ciarra McFarland, self-proclaimed student of life, my guest on this episode. I recently met Ciarra in a stuttering room on Clubhouse where a woman mentioned how she doesn’t talk around certain people because of her stutter. Ciarra encouraged her by saying that our voice has value no matter what. I just had to have Ciarra on my show! Links mentioned on this episode: * Ciarra’s Instagram account* What if King George VI gave his radio speech today?* Franky Banky’s Instagram account* Franky Banky’s TikTok account

  • Too fast for words

    15/12/2020 Duration: 52min

    Episode #254: I chat with Rutger Wilhelm, author of Too Fast For Words: How discovering that I don’t stutter but clutter changed my life. Rutger had recently discovered that his lifelong understanding of the way he talked wasn’t stuttering after all but cluttering. While people who stutter know what they want to say but struggle to get their words out, people who clutter struggle with formulating what they want to say. While stuttering deals with speech mechanics, cluttering deals with the planning of language. Rutger and I talk about the remarkable inverse differences between living with cluttering and stuttering. Links mentioned on this episode: * Too Fast For Words* Joint World Congress on Stuttering and Cluttering This episode is brought to you by my book, Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World. Filled with practical tips – and Franky Banky comics! – in reducing your fears of stuttering and achieving all your goals regardless of, if you pardon th

  • Disability awareness with a punch(line)

    29/11/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    Episode #253: “You’re going to have to wait for all my brilliant ideas!” That’s one of the many catch phrases of Nina G, a comedian who stutters and my returning guest on this episode. Recorded live during the Canadian Stuttering Association virtual conference, I ask Nina G about her book, Stutterer Interrupted: The Making of a Stuttering Stand Up Comedian, growing up with stuttering, dyslexia, earning her PhD, the rich history of the disability rights movement and our part in continuing its progress, and – as it had only been an hour prior to going live that the world got the news that fellow stutterer Joe Biden had been declared president of the United States – Nina’s thoughts on having a president who stutters. Nina G is Northern California’s only female stuttering stand-up comedian and part of the Comedians with Disabilities Act. She is also a disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. She uses humour to help people understand an

  • Our common cause for stuttering awareness

    15/09/2020 Duration: 01h15min

    Episode #252: Wether you want to get rid of your stuttering or not, this one’s for you! Patrick Campbell, co-editor of the Stammering Pride and Prejudice book, and Grant Meredith, lecturer from Federation University, join me in a thought provoking conversation about acceptance, the stuttering pride movement, diversity, stuttering openly for awareness, and much more. Our main consensus is we all can seize the opportunity for our different camps of stuttering thought – from negative outlooks, to acceptance, to fluency, to stuttering pride – to join together for the common cause of stuttering awareness. Links mentioned on this episode: * Stammering Pride and Prejudice book UK retailer, US retailer* Australian Speak Easy Association Virtual Conference taking place October 24 to 25, 2020 * The Indian Stammering Association virtual conference October 1 to 5, 2020 This episode is brought to you by my book, Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World. Filled with prac

  • Stuttering en español

    25/08/2020 Duration: 42min

    Episode #251: I chat with Cynthia Dacillo, an SLP living in Peru who treats people who stutter and their families. On this episode, Cynthia and I chat about how she uses my Franky Banky comics in therapy sessions and about the stuttering community in Peru and across South America and the Spanish-speaking world. Cynthia had interviewed me for her video series earlier this summer so I thought it would be great to get to know the person behind the interviewer! Links mentioned on this episode: * Esp. Cynthia Dacillo Facebook page This episode is brought to you by my book, Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World. Filled with practical tips – and Franky Banky comics! – in reducing your fears of stuttering and achieving all your goals regardless of, if you pardon the expression, fluency. Buy your copy now!

  • Changing the status quo

    11/08/2020 Duration: 01h06min

    Episode #250: GASP! Fluency! How did a word that’s used in universities, science, speech-language pathology circles, to describe stuttering, cluttering, and other communication – if you pardon the expression – disorders (GASP!) grow to become a traumatic word to some? Hint: from well-meaning people throughout our lives punishing us for not speaking fluently, or speech language pathologists focussing solely on getting rid of the stutter and not on the experience and mental well-being of the whole person. Join me as I chat about this with Jean-François Leblanc and Stephanie Lebsack who are part of the organizing team of the Joint World Congress on Stuttering and Cluttering, or JWCSC for short, which is scheduled to take place in Montreal, Canada from July 22 to 25, 2021 (full disclosure – I’m on the organizing team as well). The JWCSC aims to be a game changer bringing together academics, researchers, speech language pathologists, people who clutter, and people who stutter to collaborate

  • Getting to know TISA

    28/07/2020 Duration: 01h20min

    Episode #249: Stammer but with love. That is the motto of The Indian Stammering Association, or TISA for short. TISA’s Bhupendra Singh Rathore and Dhruv Gupta had interviewed me in a video entitled, The Story Behind the Comic, to talk about my stuttering journey and Franky Banky comics. They kindly gave me permission to include the audio from our chat for this episode. But first, it’s my turn to interview Bhupendra and Dhruv! Get to know the people behind the interview, their involvement in TISA, the story behind their motto, and the really creative activities TISA has been doing over the years (my favourite being The People Who Buffer show). Links mentioned on today’s episode: * The Indian Stammering Association* The Indian Stammering Association – Massive Open Online Course* The Hakla Hakla Song (video)* What if the 99% of the world stammers/stutters? (video)* The Story Behind the Comic

  • NSA@Home Conference recap

    12/07/2020 Duration: 54min

    Episode #248: Be a fly on the wall as I chat with Annie Bradberry, board member of the National Stuttering Association (NSA), Stutter Social host, and a long list of other activities she does for the global stuttering community the day after the NSA@Home Conference which took place online from July 7 to 10, 2020. Despite a collective disappointment across organizers, veteran attendees, and first timers that the covid-19 pandemic kept us all from coming together to the legendary NSA conference in person (and near the beach in California!), the virtual conference received over 1500 registrations with 800 being first timers. Many had participated from all around the world. That was an increase of 50% from the usual numbers at their in-person conference. And best of all, the joyful vibe of the in-person conference was present throughout. Annie and I chat about our favourite moments during the conference, the cartooning workshop I hosted for kids (and big kids), a bit of the behind the scenes, and how

  • We just happen to stammer

    09/06/2020 Duration: 48min

    A new podcast about stuttering that has nothing to do with stuttering! A group of people gather around a table every month and chat nonsense. Some of those people stutter. It’s a very clever way to raise stuttering awareness while having a good laugh. That podcast, Oh and on that note…, is produced in association with the Scottish Stammering Network providing a platform for people who stutter (or as they say in Scotland and other parts of the world, stammer) to have their voices heard and an opportunity for people who have had little exposure to stuttering to begin to hear what is being said, not how it’s being said. On this episode, I chat with regulars, Tom Costelloe, John McIntosh, and Christina Parker about the formation of their podcast and in true Oh and on that note fashion, a lot of nonsense!

  • The Eloquence of Stuttering

    26/05/2020 Duration: 01h02min

    Episode #246: What you say is important, not how you say. I chat with French filmmaker Melissa Bronsart, creator of the documentary, L’Êloquence du bégiament, also known as The Eloquence of Stuttering. Created in partnership with the Association Parole Bégaiement (the stuttering association in France), Mélissa takes us along the journey of people who stutter as they prepare and compete in a national speech contest which made headlines in the French media. Joining our conversation is Mounah Bizri, co-creator of this unique speech contest for people who stutter. Melissa, Mounah, and I chat about the contest, their respective stuttering experiences, and how stuttering shouldn’t hold you back. Melissa’s film is also available with English subtitles as a sneak preview for listeners! Go to and type in the password “luckystar” (without the quotes). This password expires on June 2, 2020. This episode is brought to you by my book, Stuttering is Co

  • Instachat with Just Stutter

    07/05/2020 Duration: 58min

    Episode #245: Instachat! Being cooped up in isolation to help fight the spread of covid-19 opened up opportunties for me to try new things. Such as live streaming on Instagram. Near the end of March, I chatted with artist Willemjin, who runs the @juststutter Instagram account full of comics she drew based on her everyday stuttering experiences. We talk about her art, covid lockdown, and… stuttering!

  • We will get through this together

    14/04/2020 Duration: 01h15min

    The song Franky Banky sings as he washes his hands for 20 seconds. Episode #244: Keep your distance. Wash Your Hands. Don’t touch your face. And keep in touch over the Internet. We’re in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic with many countries in lockdown and people staying inside in doing their part for preventing the spread of the virus that has circled the globe like wildfire and caused over 118,000 deaths. Anxiety and uncertainty is everywhere along with isolation from our friends and family as we stay indoors in order to flatten the curve and save lives. I asked a few of my friends to join me on this episode to help ease the sense of isolation for ourselves and you! Hear how the pandemic has affected us, our speech, and some unexpected blessings that arose. You will hear from John Gomez, creator of the multi-award winning When I Stutter documentary, Geneviève Lamoureux, translator of my book in French, Myriam Fauteux, co-vice-president of the Association Bégaiement Communication

  • Being a clownician

    25/02/2020 Duration: 42min

    Episode #243: How do you engage child clients? Be a clown! I chat with Erik X. Raj, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, stuttering researcher, app maker, rock star, podcaster – is there anything he doesn’t do? – about being a “clownician”. From playing Fortnite or Minecraft, to using his apps to make funny photos or activity sheets where the child is the star, Erik shares his methods of using humour to engage child timid or uninterested clients who don’t want speech therapy in the first place. If you’re an SLP having difficulty engaging child and teenage clients, this one is for you! Links mentioned on this episode: * kimsanzoslp, inventor of the term “clownician”** SLP Trivia Fun* Erik’s apps This episode has been brought to you by my book, Stuttering is Cool: A Guide to Stuttering in a Fast-Talking World. I share my experiences with stuttering and tips on how to live the life you want in spite of stuttering. It’s a book full of humour and my

  • Stammering Pride and Prejudice

    18/02/2020 Duration: 42min

    Episode #242: Difference not defect. All about the book that challenges the stereotype that stuttering is bad instead of a way of speaking that is different, valuable, and respected. Stammering Pride and Prejudice: Difference not Defect features a variety of voices and opinions on stuttering from a social model perspective through 22 essays written for people who stutter, the general public, and professionals. Following up from episode 241 where I chat with one of the book’s authors about the impact of shame on children who stutter, I chat with editors Patrick Campbell, Christopher Constantino, and Sam Simpson on the mission of the book, their respective articles, the paradox of speech therapy, stigma, the benefits of sharing your vulnerability while stuttering, and more. You can purchase your copy of the book at J&R Press and Stuttering Therapy Resources. The book also has a Facebook page!

  • Impact of shame on children who stutter

    04/02/2020 Duration: 42min

    Episode #241: If you are a parent of a child or teen who stutters, you’ll definitely want to listen! On this episode, I’ll be chatting with Dori Holte, mother of a young adult who has stuttered since he was a toddler. She is also the author of the book “Voice Unearthed — Hope, Help, and a Wake-Up-Call for the Parents of Children Who Stutter”. That title pretty much sums up this episode! Dori’s son, Eli, was a chatty toddler who soon grew silent not because he stuttered, but because of the overwhelming shame he felt around his stutter. The shame came from the constant judgement towards his speech even when others were not intending to judge. Dori noticed that despite Eli successfully using speech tools during therapy sessions, this only increased expectations of fluency and her son’s anxiety around talking outside of therapy. One of Dori’s key learnings is the importance of speech therapy focusing on educating the parent and not to drop everything and zero-in with eye c

  • Stamily

    14/01/2020 Duration: 46min

    Episode #240: We are staaaaaaaaaamily! Stamily is a new, multi-platform network of people who stutter all around the world. Get instant access to a supportive community no matter where you are. Join me as I speak with a few active regulars in the Stamily community. A few? Hear from Willemjin Bolks, Jurjen de Jong, Vinnie De Craim, Marc van Krakinger, Satu Nygren, and Natalie Park across a number of time zones (isn’t technology awesome?) as we discuss their respective stuttering histories, the formation and mission of Stamily, and most importantly, how YOU can participate in this growing worldwide community of people who stutter just like you! Learn more about this exciting community at

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