Rate of Stuttering

Do you stutter more in more contextual or situational settings as in out of nervousness, frustration, or embarrassment or is a stutter consistent no matter the social context.

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  1. The questions asks, do “you” stutter more in different situations. I am not a person who stutters, but I will answer the question based upon work with many clients. In almost all “developmental stuttering” (i.e., not neurogenic, emotional, etc.), stuttering tends to be inconsistent. In many cases it is more severe/pronounced in settings that provoke nervousness, frustration, etc. I think that using a Demands and Capacities Model, the higher the environmental demand, the greater the stuttering. The demand can be “emotional” as you have suggested, but there are other scenarios that can increase demand, such as linguistic complexity. This has been the case with many of the PWS that I have come in contact with. Of course the neurogenic and psychogenic cases are much different and tend to be much more consistent.

    Thanks for the question!

    John T.