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A study on “Characteristics of disfluency clusters in adults who stutter.” Likely changes nothing…

I’ve been interested in why people review the motor characteristics of stuttering for quite some time.  It seems that some may feel that the keys of the stuttering phenomenon can be uncovered by such ‘research’.  My view is very different of course, as I am quite confident that we (as a profession) don’t even understand what the motor act of stuttered speech even represents.  What amazes me is that stuttering was ostensibly defined under the auspice of former (failed) theoretical perspectives.  Yet the field of SLP happily continues believing the “definitions” while trying to (at least superficially) reject the entire perspective in which they were derived.  It just seems antithetical to the concept of science and evidence based practice that ASHA and other national SLP organizations profess.  But I digress…  (And yes, this is actually how I think to myself.  This Ivory Tower in which I live feels so very, very comforting…)

Point: The motor act of stuttering does not represent the stuttering pathology.  The motor act of stuttering is not stuttering.  Stuttering is a neurophysiological phenomena; the motor act of stuttering is the body trying to compensate or overcome the neurophysiological stuttered event.  Discuss…

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