I recently had the opportunity to co-present a webinar with a dear friend who is a SLP and does not stutter. Our topic was “Dropping the ‘C’ in Covert Stuttering at Work.” It was the most well attended webinar we’ve hosted in 2+ years of offering conversations about stuttering at work. At one point, we had 80 people in the Zoom chat, many of whom were asking great questions of us and each other in the chat section. And many asked verbal questions as well. I was really surprised that people who stutter covertly were so open about discussing covert stuttering. I would have expected the opposite, that we’d hardly have anyone wanting to actually engage.
I think there are many more people who stutter than the 1% of the population that we believe to be a true statistic. There’s so many more that don’t get counted because they are covert. What needs to happen to bring covert stuttering out in the open? There is precious little research on covert stuttering and I think covert stuttering is very difficult for SLPS to approach because so little is known about it, and us, who hide in the shadows.
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