Before I delve deeper into the basic facts about stuttering, Io like to touch briefly on the personal side of the problem. Some of you may never have had a friend who stutters or may never have worked with a stutterer in treatment, so I will present several examples of what stuttering can be like. Even if you are familiar with stuttering, these brief sketches, which portrayfour individuals who differ in age and in their accom­ modations to stuttering, may expand your sense of what stut­ tering is like for the person who experiences it.


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