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This blog will concern itself with the genesis and neurology of stuttering, as well as its development, treatment, the recovery process, self-help, and the personal change process that involves dis-identity from stuttering and discovery of the true self (that is, essence or consciousness.)

I am a certified speech-language pathologist who works in private practice in the Denver Metro area at the Greenwood Speech Language Center, a specialty practice focusing on the evaluation and treatment of children, teens, and adults who stutter. I received my Masters degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Colorado – Boulder in 1999 and set up the Greenwood Speech-Language Center in 2000, during my clinical fellowship year. I returned to CU as a lecturer in 2004 to teach the graduate stuttering course and supervise student clinicians.  I have facilitated adult stuttering support groups since 1993 and was voted National Stuttering Association Member of the Year in 1998. Before all of this, I received an MA in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati in 1973 and had a long career in advertising, writing, and wind energy research. Successful stuttering therapy with Peter Ramig (which, by the way, does not involve complete fluency) helped to convince me to devote myself to the treatment of stuttering in 1995.

Like most people who stutter, I began to be disfluent at a very early age — probably 3 or 4.  However, I was blissfully unaware of the significance of my disfluencies until one day — at age 7 — I tried to entertain some of my friends with an imitation of Bugs Bunny I had worked on and experienced an uncontrollable jaw tremor and a feeling that I could not speak. This experience gradually became more frequent until my behavior took on the characteristics of “garden variety” developmental stuttering during my 9th year. I received no stuttering therapy until the age of 29, when I worked for several sessions with an SLP at Georgetown University.  Participation in the Council of Adult Stutterers at Catholic University in Washington DC led me to the Hollins Precision Fluency Shaping Program. My stuttering returned during stressful situations shortly after returning from Hollins, but I was able to maintain sufficient fluency to continue a career in wind energy research and development at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

I sought therapy with a person who stuttered in 1992 and worked with Dr. Peter Ramig for about three years, during which time I became active in the National Stuttering Project and began to communicate with people who stuttered and SLPs on the Internet Listserv STUUT-L. From 1994 to 1997 I participated in Diamond Heart spiritual work at the Ridhwan School in Boulder, Colorado. All of these activities, combined with my study of stuttering and neurological research, helped convince me to leave my career in wind energy and follow my present path. It was from the Ridhwan School and Sufi philosophy that I borrowed the concept of “The Veils”  for the Web site about stuttering that I developed in 1997.  The veils are the layers of conditional “truth” through which the consciousness passes on the way to a more and more refined understanding of objective reality. This is an endless  journey that in many respects is similar to the scientific process.

Darrell M. Dodge, MA, CCC-SLP