Hi! I’m Jose Rojas. I’m a student as CSUF studying communication sciences and disorders. In my fluency class we recently finished up a voluntary stuttering project where we, as students, had to purposefully stutter in front of others. One thing I experienced was that others tended to “overcompensate” when they heard me. They smiled at me, nodded, said things like “take your time”, and while that’s great, it also felt a bit patronizing! I also had some people finish my sentences for me. How should non-stutterers support a PWS during interactions without inciting feelings of embarrassment for the other? What can we do to respectfully support them?
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