Misconceptions — 2 Comments

  1. Good question! There are a lot of them out there. Some misconceptions that frustrate me the most are that 1) people stutter because they’re nervous, 2) all people who stutter need to do is slow down, and 3) and if you don’t experience much overt stuttering, then you’re experience with stuttering isn’t that impactful. We need to make sure that people understand stuttering in all of its complexities.

  2. This is a great question! The most frustrating misconception about stuttering that I hear as a professional regarding individuals that stutter is that people who stutter “have dementia.” I can’t stand that one. Stuttering and cognitive level of function are not directly related. Absolutely not!!! As Derek stated, and to add to his response, we must absolutely understand the nature of stuttering and that simply is not it. It honestly takes every inch of my nice professionalism not to get mean when someone says that one. Just always remember: Not everyone is an SLP (I say that in my inner monologue all the time) and not everyone knows about stuttering like we do. Provide education and reasoning for common misconceptions about stuttering with grace and compassion. If we get mean about it, the world may not want to listen to us and hear what we have to say. So although this misconception chaps my hind end more than ever, I must be nice and educate with compassion. It’s my duty to….. So now, you can educate, too! I hope that this helped to answer your question.

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