What Does a Grapefruit Have to do with Stuttering?

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Re: loved the analogy

From: Kristin Pelczarski
Date: 23 Oct 2008
Time: 10:42:39 -0500
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Hi Megan - Thanks for your comments and question! I posted this in response to an earlier question (so I hope you'll forgive the cutting and pasting! I wanted to respond before the conference officially closed!) Another analogy I use to help illustrate the repercussions of avoiding something involves a big beach ball. Did you ever try to hold one of those under water for a long period of time? Sometimes it can be quite a struggle to keep the ball hidden under the surface of the water. Regardless of how long it is held underwater, often times, the effort ends with the ball shooting up out of the water - out of control. Things like speech and beach balls don't always respond well to being controlled. Then, despite all the efforts to keep it hidden, it may launch itself high into the air drawing more attention than was intended!

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