Why Do So Many Stutterers Fail to Stutter When Alone and How Can This Phenomonen Be Used in Treatment?

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Stuttering and Emotions

From: Tabitha Hightower
Date: 12 Oct 2007
Time: 11:11:42 -0500
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I am a graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha studying speech-language pathology and I find it rather intriguing that people who stutter report little to no levels of disfluency when alone. You noted that people who stutter do not tend to convey a lot of emotion in their speech. It seems that part of speech therapy for people who stutter is targeting how they feel and their emotions/attitudes towards stuttering. Do you think it would be possible to work only on that aspect of stuttering in therapy and see results of reduced disfluency without actually working on other techniques to reduce the disfluencies?

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