Category: The Stuttering Source

The 411 on Voluntary Stuttering Above is a video created by Pamela Mertz, a person who stutters and the host of the website, In this video, she articulately describes and provides examples of voluntary stuttering (stuttering on purpose). There are three main rationales for using voluntary stuttering. 1. To desensitize, or get used […]

Being Proactive In the past several years, speech pathologists have decided to leave the “wait and see” era of fluency treatment behind us. With this change in perspective, we have begun to usher in a more proactive approach, where clinicians are providing therapy to young pre-school aged children with wonderful results. […]

Teaching Teachers

I recently came across an article written in the NY Times about a student, Philip Garber Jr., and his experience with a particular college professor at the County College of Morris. The article, Professor’s Response to a Stutterer-Dont Speak, highlights how Garber was asked to hold questions for the beginning […]

Inspiring Words From Vice President Biden A few months back one of my fabulous students, Spencer, wrote a letter to Vice President Joe Biden and shared with him his experiences with stuttering. As many of you may know, VP Biden, whose very job it is to speak publicly, identifies as a person who stutters (PWS). […]

Elephant In The Room

In the 1930’s, Dr. Wendell Johnson decided to create an experiment to test out his theory that stuttering is a learned behavior and occurs as a result of a child being told that they stutter. Johnson was quoted to have said that stuttering ”begins not in the child’s mouth but […]

411 on Pull-outs

A pull-out is a speech tool I use with clients as they gain the ability to monitor and change their stuttering. Once a client demonstrates the ability to use cancellations, I will introduce the idea of pull-outs. It is important to note that a person does not “graduate” from using […]

A Search For Fluency After spending the entirety of this week telling clients and colleagues about Katherine Preston’s book, “Out With It: How Stuttering Helped Me Find My Voice”, I figured it only made sense to shamelessly plug it on my website! Besides being beautifully written, I found this book to be a […]

Focus On Cluttering

Developmental stuttering affects 1% of the population and over 3 million individuals in the USA. However, there are other, lesser known fluency disorders that include neurogenic stuttering and cluttering. Today’s blog will turn its focus to cluttering and take a brief look at the process of identification and treatment.Complex Definition […]

The Blame Game

The Blame Game

Although researchers are gradually learning more about stuttering and its cause/s, there is still a lot that remains a mystery. With “the unknown” comes room for parents to try and fill in the gaps with their own guesses as to what caused their child to begin stuttering. One of the […]

Tricks of The Trade

Tricks of The Trade 7/10/20130 Comments “Trick” is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “a crafty procedure or practice meant to deceive or defraud.” So it makes sense why speech pathologists have used the word “tricks” (AKA secondary behaviors) to describe the behaviors a person who stutters (PWS) uses to […]