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Steven on Stuttering: Respecting others and their points of view

Steven makes another great post, with today’s discussing some “hot topics” in stuttering (i.e., intensive tx programs and prosthetics) and personal boundaries of respect and tolerance.  Somewhat ironically, I wrote a paper about the use of prosthetics a number of years ago (posted both on ISAD and JSTAR)–although the funny thing is that someone from Janus contacted me and asked if they could link to my article.  And while I never intended the article to be pro-this or pro-that, since its main point was merely “let the client decide for them self”, someone at Janus seemed to think this was a flag in their camp.

Now isn’t that sad?  The freedom of personal decisions is such a novel concept that a prosthetic company actually wants to link to it?

This idea was brought home to me in a very real sense a number of years ago.  I was talking with a new friend about stuttering, and s/he began to explain their views.  And these views were some of the most unconventional and (for lack of a better word) pseudoscientific that I have heard to date.  Yet, I realized that they found peace.  So why try to attack their peace in the name of science?  Especially when “traditional science” has done such a lousy job thus far?  Live and let live.  And if someone finds peace through a path that makes no sense to you–so what?  In this case, the process may be less important than the end result.

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  1. February 24th, 2009 at 06:04 | #1

    I agree so whole heartedly.. Wrong to put a name to it- but this is such an Indian approach.. Let PWS find a state of equilibrium in her/ his context, situation in life, whichever way they can..rather than nudge and push them towards an ideal state of fluency..
    Yes, finding peace and self acceptance is such a vital dimension of healing- but is often ignored in clinical practice..


  2. Greg @ Stuttering.me
    February 24th, 2009 at 14:31 | #2

    Thanks for your input, and it’s always interesting to see how stuttering is viewed / processed from other cultures !


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