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There are 4 comments on Syllables, Self-Esteem, and Stuttering

  1. Marvelous article with a nice addition of audio! Some of the things mentioned, like taking breaths more often and relaxing the muscles when speaking were helpful to my uncles. Years ago, they got help through The Stuttering Foundation who recommended a therapist for one of my uncles after he moved away from home as they do Adriana DiGrande and others for people in Massachusetts. For families with several stutterers, knowing there is a genetic reason sets the record straight for all those that think it is because of poor parenting skills or because they tickled the baby (which some people still believe!)

  2. I found the article “Syllables, Self-Esteem, and Stuttering” to be both interesting and compassionate. Stanley Fisher should be commended for giving of himself to profiled in the article.

    The rates at BU’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences are extremely reasonable! With employer-based health insurance covering minimal private speech therapy these days, such a low-cost service like BU’s Sargent College is needed.

    I want to point out something that was not mentioned in the article. There is little attention ever given to the fact that every child in the U.S. has the right to free speech therapy! This right, guaranteed by federal law, can be used as early as preschool and go through high school. The Stuttering Foundation last year put out a brochure “Special Education Law and Children Who Stutter” which details this right to free therapy. The brochure is available for download on the website of The Stuttering Foundation ( Please note that the Stuttering Foundation makes it quite clear to parents that the right free speech therapy extends to children with ALL types of speech problems and not just stuttering. The website of this nonprofit organization also offers many free resources on stuttering, such as downloadable brochures. Check out their fascinating list of “Famous People Who Stutter” with names like Bruce Willis, Marilyn Monroe, Emily Blunt, James Earl Jones, Johnny Damon, Eric Roberts and Peggy Lipton.

    I cannot express how much I applaud BU’s Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences for providing affordable rates to people with speech problems.

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