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

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rhythm, intonation & musicians who stutter

From: Loreen B. (student)
Date: 16 Oct 2007
Time: 21:21:36 -0500
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Hi, This paper is thought-provoking because the authors focus on what is different in situations in which people who usually stutter are fluent. I am preparing for a second career, and am now a graduate student in SLP. I have also been a serious amateur musician for most of my life, and now in my fluency class I've been thinking about stuttering as it relates to music. I carefully reviewed the other postings after reading your article. I did not see any mention of another curious phenomenon, which is that people who stutter frequently are fluent when singing. Famous musicians who stutter, such as Carly Simon, are named on The Stuttering homepage. The authors, Drs. Rasskazov, state that "it is interesting that when a person who stutters starts to use intonation and pay attention to rhythm, he stops stuttering or his stuttering is greatly reduced." I observe that, since intonation and rhythm are core components of music, musicians already have control over rhythm and intonation patterns when they are singing. I find it curious that, despite their musical skills, musicians who stutter nonetheless do not generalize these abilities when they are speaking.

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