Hello, everyone. My name is Kristen Kostecki and I am a graduate student aspiring to become an SLP. Being enrolled in a course about stuttering, I can’t help but find several questions about stuttering left unanswered. I wish I could personally experience what it is like to be a person who stutters (PWS) so that I may have more specific insight as to why and how it happens. On this site, I came across an individual’s post about how he did not start stuttering until age 8–after he received articulation therapy. According to what we generally study in my course, the population studied for stuttering usually falls between 2-7 years old because many cases can often lead to recovery. How can emergence of stuttering around 8 years old (and continuing into adulthood) be rationalized? We often discuss that stuttering in PWS can often be induced by emotional fluctuations or complexity of language, but what could cause someone who never stuttered to all of a sudden begin stuttering? I would hypothesize that some sort of traumatic event may trigger stuttering, but I do not know of any research that would support this. I would appreciate any insight that could be offered!
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