Myself along with Gnanasekaran, Ganesh and Karunyamurthy have attended a lecture given by Dr.Martin Schwartz from USA at Ramachandra medical college, Chennai on 04.01.2014. He has given lecture on “Trigger of the stuttering” from 2 to 4 PM. Then 4 to 5 PM interaction by us with him along with faculty members and students.
|Dr.Martin, Faculty & students and Chennai TISA members|
It was really a good experience to interact with faculty members. The medical part of the lecture by Dr.Martin was somewhat difficult to understand. The general part lectured by him were already known to us.
But the amazing thing I have noticed from Dr.Martin was his energy and enthusiasm shown by him throughout the 3 hours. It was really unparallel. That is the big difference between us and the western people. The western people use to focus 100% in their work. If our pws focuses atleast 25% of what Dr.Martin has done, there is no reason why we cannot control stammering upto 98-99%. I can persue only 3 pws to attend the above lecture. Instead of showing interest, other pws told some lame excuses of not attending it. But Dr.Martin came to India along with his wife for sight seeing purpose only. But he never in a hurry to leave even after 5PM.Let me leave this topic as enough was already discussed and I was experiencing the same thing for the last 5 years from Chennai pws.
But one good thing happened was the professor of Dept of Speech language and hearing science of Sri Ramachandra University is nice gentleman and invited us again in some other day to see their facilities. He is also interested in long term association with TISA.
In fact I am also thinking of giving a lecture to the faculty members and students on emotional problems being faced by pws. Because unlike in the western countries, almost all the SLPs in India are non-stammerers and they were unable to understand our emotional problems.
Overall this is a very different type of experience.