Stuttering is one of the most misunderstood speech impediments. Stuttering is often the subject of ridicule on the playground, and people who do not understand the magnitude of stuttering sometimes scold the stutterer, saying things like, "Oh, just spit it out already!" or "Why don't you go think about what you want to say and then come back and we can talk more." Not only are these types of comments extremely hurtful to a stutterer, but they show little understanding about how difficult it is for someone who stutters to stop.
Stuttering is mostly due to genetics and neurophysiology, but other factors can contribute to the problem as well. Although stuttering cannot be "cured" per se, it can be controlled via several different exercises and methods.
It may surprise people that the great orator, Winston Churchill, struggled with stuttering for his entire life. He compensated for his stuttering by practicing for months in advance of his speeches. He spoke slowly and deliberately when he did speak. Marilyn Monroe was famous for her sexy, breathy speech. Most people don't realize that this was taught to her by a speech coach who helped her control her own stuttering problem.
Bloggers speaking about stuttering can be found at sites like danistuttermom.
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