November 29, 2010 |
My childhood, adolescence and part of my adult life were plagued by a debilitating stutter. Can you imagine being terrified to say your own name, order food in a restaurant, ask a question in school or even answer the telephone? That was my life. When I was 5 years old in Ireland and my mother was in the hospital, our neighbor picked my siblings and me up for school and asked who was looking after the baby. I tried to say "Daddy," but the best I could muster sounded something like "Paddy," which happened to be the name of our pet cow. This prompted other kids to make fun of the cow looking after the baby.
February 14, 1991 |
Nine-year-old Eli Thompson sat up in the oversized chair, looked the speech therapist in the eye, took a deep breath and said, "I-I-I-I w-w-w-would like to s-s-s-s-sp-sp-speak r-r-r-r-r-ri- uh, normal." North Hollywood speech pathologist Sheila Ochs Goldman sat back in her chair and nodded. Eli had been to therapists since he was 3 and knew all the procedures--maintain good eye contact, breathe slowly, relax--but he still has a horrendous stutter and substitutes words he has trouble pronouncing.
January 26, 2011 |
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose condition was upgraded from serious to good this week, has begun an intense regimen of full-time rehabilitation after a successful move between Houston medical facilities. Although she faces a long recovery, doctors said, she has progressed at "lightning speed" given the severity of her injuries. In Houston, she has been interacting with hospital staff and following commands. Giffords was shot in the head Jan. 8 during an event with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket.
January 14, 2011 |
Physicians at University Medical Center may try to remove Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' breathing tube on Saturday, the next major hurdle in her recovery, Dr. Peter Rhee said Friday morning in Tucson. Doing so will finally allow them to assess how well she is able to talk after being shot in the head last Saturday morning in the mass shooting outside a Safeway. Her recovery continues to amaze the doctors who have been treating her. "We couldn't have hoped for any better improvement than we are seeing now given the severity of her injury," said Dr. Michael Lemole, a neurosurgeon who has been a key member of the team treating her. During the week, Giffords has passed a number of milestones, including moving her hands and arms, opening her eyes, responding to commands, sitting up in bed and lifting her legs.
January 3, 1989 |
Raymond Grace says he knows that there is still a "monster" inside him. But, for the first time in his adult life, he believes that he is not dangerous. Grace, a convicted murderer, spent more than six years at Maryland's Patuxent Institution discovering the roots of the violence within him, and he and Patuxent officials believe that he has learned how to contain it. In fact, Patuxent officials say Grace is typical of inmates who have been successfully rehabilitated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1997 |
Alfredo Perez is a quick learner. In his second news conference since he was shot in the head one year ago today while teaching his elementary school students, Perez on Friday showed dramatic improvements in his speech, his walking and his poise. Dozens of reporters broke into loud applause when Perez--who became a national symbol of random violence after he nearly died from a stray bullet allegedly fired by a gang member--walked gingerly through the doors of a teachers union auditorium.
September 14, 1994 |
If an elderly friend tells you she hears the TV better with her glasses on, don't laugh. Visual clues are crucial to our ability to understand speech. That's why a team of researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz has created a computerized "talking head."
December 13, 1992 |
She's a Valley Girl, and there is no cure . --from "Valley Girl"by Frank Zappa The printed word can't really do justice to my Valley Girl patois. Too bad I can't do this story on tape, so you could, like, hear it instead of see it. But if you just read this out loud asfastasyoupossiblycan, you'll get what I mean. No pausing between thoughts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1997
Re "Parents Protest Changes in Speech Therapy Class," Oct. 13. [Judy] Bossier's comment to The Times that the number of students per class will not make a difference in the quality of instruction makes no sense. . . . Her lack of common sense would be amusing were it not for the adverse effect her decisions have on our children, their abilities to communicate and socialize and their future academic progress. I implore the district to listen to the teachers and parents who cumulatively have thousands of hours in this program, current supportive research, and documented success before carrying through with a decision made by an out-of-touch administrator whose own statements should disqualify her from making such far-reaching decisions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1996 |
Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Simi Valley) spent a good portion of President Clinton's State of the Union speech Tuesday night sitting quietly with his hands in his lap. Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson (D-Woodland Hills), on the other hand, jumped to his feet repeatedly to cheer on his president. The speech brought Democrats and Republicans together into the same room but it did not necessarily bridge the wide gap between the two parties or forge any new ground in the stalled budget talks.