What is stuttering? - defining stuttering from the speaker's viewpoint

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Oh dear

From: Anita Blom
Date: 22 Oct 2008
Time: 10:23:37 -0500
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Hi Mark and thank you for spreading your thoughts about a possible definition. The Oh Dear in the header is because you know I have a problem with the word Syndrome. Or even to find another lable than plain and simple Stuttering. But I admire you for trying to find a definition that fits all, as so many have already tried to give one, such as Perkins, which I find quite ok. It's hard to put all in one box, but even harder to put so many different people in different boxes, with the risk to exclude many and lable evenmore. For example to me, the phobia/anxiety/syndrome part doesn't have to be about stuttering. It might just as well be towards the reaction of the listener. And will I ever get a job if labled as having a Syndrome? And maybe I have a SSS right now, in this very situation, but am covert in the next and overt in the other? You wrote "The support of leading speech pathology professionals in the development of the ideas expressed in this paper is greatly appreciated." Instead I'd like to hear the opinion of people who stutter, as it is WE who are going to be labled this way. WE who have been labled for so many years by so many people because we did'nt have a voice. Today we do have a voice. So I hope you get (and ask for) opinions from PWS as well. Why not start a blog to involve as many interested people as possible? It's an interesting and important discussion that will involve many and will have my support. Good luck, Anita, Sweden

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