Stuttering is Okay

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Date: 09 Oct 2006
Time: 14:16:33 -0500
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First of all, Luc and Timothy, I loved your song (in English and Dutch- and I don't speak or understand Dutch). It was wonderful. You are absolutely right, there is nothing wrong with stuttering but so many stutterers and people who encounter stutterers think so. Many people are not comfortable at all with their stuttering, especially young people. I want to ask Timothy: How do you think or what do you think made you become so comfortable with your stuttering? Was it parental and familial support, support from your friends, speech therapy or a combination of those things that made you so comfortable? Or perhaps it was something else. Can you please share with me what you think helped you achieve such a wonderful level of comfort with stuttering. I ask this question because it is so important to be comfortable with your stuttering because often when people are comfortable with their stuttering they stutter less and when they do stutter they do not have any embarrassment or shame over doing so. This is so important because no one should have to be ashamed when they are doing something so normal and essential as trying to communicate. A little about me: My name is Tiffany and I am a graduate student in Speech Language Pathology at New York University. I am currently enrolled in a class on Stuttering and I am learning so much. Therapy for stutterers is very complex. I know that a huge part of Speech Therapy for people who stutter is trying to help the person develop a level of comfort with their stuttering. For Luc I was wondering how important do you think it is for a person to be comfortable and at ease with their stuttering, what do you do to help your students and/or clients become more comfortable with their stuttering and lastly (but not least) what changes do you see (good and/or bad) in those that you work when they finally do become comfortable with their stuttering.

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