Tag: Confrontation

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: The Missing Link

Stuttering, to me, is a behavior of inaction and avoidance, rather than a stigma-laden disorder of speech. I fought for years against the inner life of stuttering and its side effects without a reprieve. I never won. Until I did.  After many years failing to become fluent, I fatefully found a different approach that had been missing

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Cultivating Social Skills: An Antidote to Anxiety

Growing up with a stutter was lonely and isolating. I lost my formative years to an unbearable social anxiety that denied me the opportunity to learn how to interact with others.  I had friends. I played teams sports. I passed as socially fluent. I graduated college. And, I got my dream job. Yet, no one

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Please, Just This Once

At thirteen-years old, I attended a month long intensive fluency clinic to fix my severe stutter. If I didn’t do well, I would stutter forever.  I didn’t do well. Fast forward eighteen years to a moment when I was answering questions as part of a talk I gave at the National Stuttering Association’s (NSA) annual conference. “Why do most people who

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