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Stuttering is not a cookie-cutter issue

I don't really have any deep and meaningful point to make in this post, except to say that I’ve noticed differences in how stuttering manifests in different people. Not all stutterers are “triggered” in the same way, and, in fact, a trigger that may lead someone to stutter could produce the opposite effect in someone else.

Here are some examples: 1) It seems most stutterers speak well in a loud environment like a club, due to the masking effect, but I’ve met a few who say they would stutter more in the same environment. 2) Most stutterers I’ve met say they read aloud perfectly fluently when they’re alone, but i’ve encountered some who say they would still stutter reading a book aloud even if they were alone. 3) The majority of stutterers I’ve met say they stutter more under pressure, but I personally am more fluent under pressure and stutter more when I’m relaxed amongst my friends.

I’m wondering if this diversity in stuttering “triggers” is an indication that the cause of each stutterer’s stutter may be different too. And by extension, the “treatment” for each stutterer could differ as well. All of this comes to show that stuttering really shouldn’t be viewed as the same for each person and that it is a complex condition, elusive to understand.

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