2020 Conference: Jodie Quayle

Jodie Quayle: Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Overcoming Adversity and Finding Your Own Clinical Identity

I would like to present as a PWS trying to get recognition and acceptance as a professional in the field of Speech Pathology. I like the term – It takes someone with a disability to be extraordinary to be ordinary. To me this means as a PWS I have needed to be exceptional in my performance to be recognised as a competent professional. Whereas able bodied people can get by being ordinary.

I’m a 39 year old woman (who stutters) in my final year of a Speech Pathology degree. My 4 year old daughter began stuttering approximately a year ago.