I am a 1st year graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology and a person who stutters. For most of my life, I have been a covert stutterer due to a very negative and abusive environment as a child. However, over the past year or so, I’ve “come out of my stuttering closet” and have been working towards being more overt and accept my stuttering. Overtly, my stuttering has always been in the form of repetitions and some prolongations and, as a whole, has been pretty mild. Since beginning graduate school in August and moving across the country, I’ve noticed that my overt stuttering pattern has changed. Now it’s not just the easy overt repetitions and prolongations. I have been having a lot more silent postural blocks and have adopted a secondary where head twitches while I’m in a block. My stuttering has also gotten more severe. Is there a reason that this is happening? At first I thought it was due to such a huge life change, but it is still occurring, now with some more of the normal repetitions as well. Is there any research that suggests that the overt stuttering behaviors can change over time? I’m 19 now so I’ve been stuttering for about 16 years and, overtly, for about 1.
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