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

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From: Ilia Rasskazov, Natalia Rasskazova
Date: 21 Oct 2007
Time: 03:33:43 -0500
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Dear Deann, The facts we presented were not deducted from a large-scale scientific undertaking. We conducted a simple internet poll on two independent websites dedicated to the study of stuttering (one Russian and one English). We took measures to prevent the possibility of one person submitting more than one answer. Results saw high levels of correlation and, this can be seen, at least, as a tendency. The purpose of our articles is to draw the attention of researches capable of carrying out more detailed studies of the phenomena. For our part, we can add the observation of those who stutter but were unable to give immediate answers to our survey questions during inter-personal consultations. These people tended to say that they stutter even when alone. There were also those who asserted that they never speak aloud when alone as they see this as abnormal behavior. They made an assumption that if they were to speak aloud when alone, they would stutter. However, 2 or 3 days after consultation, they told us that they had tried to speak aloud when alone, and they did so without stuttering. We were very pleased to read Huang’s comments about his own similar poll which showed incredibly similar results. The purpose of our on-line polling was to draw the attention of other researchers to the question. Clinical research of stuttering in situations of “isolation” should include: exact age, genetic background, anamnes vitae et morbi, psychological state and objective evaluation of the level of stuttering in situations of communication and isolation (audio recordings).

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