Today is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Many people who stutter, therapists who work with stuttering and stuttering researchers use this day to pass along accurate information about stuttering and stuttering therapy. There are many myths about stuttering that are still believed by many people who stutter and parents of stutterers today. Here are a few that I regularly hear…
- Stuttering is caused by parents over-correcting their preschoolers while they are learning to talk. This theory was popular in the 1930s though the 1960s. My own mother was told that she was the cause of my stuttering by an “expert” stuttering therapist.
- Stuttering is caused by scares, tickling, traumatic events etc. – Stuttering is a physiological problem in the brain that people who stutter are probably born with.
- Stuttering was learned or “caught” from another person. – The person who stutters has the physiological difference.
Stuttering therapy in the 1930s consisted of techniques to help the person stutter more easily. Now we replace the stuttering completely with a new way of talking. – Stutter-Free Speech.
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