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Feeling the Loss of Speech Control

Greg has a really interesting concept on Stuttering.Me: the notion that “stuttered speech is nothing more than a reflexive behavior that the body uses to deal with the stuttering phenomenon (which is best represented as a neurological state).” If the neurological state includes the disconnection of speech control (and sometimes the awareness of this loss […]

Why Real Research in Stuttering Brain States is Needed

Until real research that considers the role of emotions and conditioning in stuttering is performed by credible researchers, these key elements of stuttering will remain in the hands of “cognitive therapists” who promise that they can help stutterers “think their way out” of stuttering by changing the semantic evalutions of feelings that people have when […]

Space Vs. Time in Stuttering Therapy

One way of looking at overt stuttering behaviors is to see them as resulting from a reaction or defense against the unpleasant feeling of the speech void — the feeling that we know what we want to say, but can’t for the moment figure out how to make the sound. This is the actual speech […]

Awareness of Stuttering

The poet W. S. Merwin used an epigraph from Heraclitus in his fine early collection “The Lice” that has since reminded me of the value of becoming more and more impeccable (not “perfect”) about catching stutters and cancelling them:

“All men are deceived by the appearances of things, even Homer himself, who was the wisest […]