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The Other Side of the Block: The Stutterer’s Spouse. By Julia M. Boberg and Einer Boberg, from Journal of Fluency Disorders 15 (1990), 61-75

The impact of stuttering on adults who stutter and their partners. By Janet M. Beilby, Michelle L Byrnes, Emily L. Meagher, J. Scott Yaruss, from Journal of Fluency Disorders 38(2013) 14-29

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In the realm of information about stuttering, many perspectives have been studied, from that of parents of children who stutter to professionals in the field. However, there is scant research exploring the effects of stuttering on the life partner of a person who stutters, and how that relationship is affected.

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My name is Garrett and I have a stutter. When I tell people this they are surprised, even shocked. Just six years ago my stutter was very evident, yet today it has mostly subsided to the point where I am now a professional public speaker! It certainly comes back every now and then, but not nearly as frequently or as obviously as it used to. Recently somebody in one of my classes asked me how I got to this point, as he has a daughter who is facing the same challenge that I, and so many others, know all to well – the problem of stuttering.

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I can truly say my single greatest accomplishment in life is being a parent. A parent with a stutter. To my daughters, though, I am not "a dad that stutters", but just dad. Early on I instilled in them to have acceptance and respect for people. This is a core value that will help shape my how my daughters view and treat others. I truly feel that teaching our children to be accepting of others is best done through real-life experience. By that, I mean showing our children that we can be comfortable in our own skin, even when we are not perfect. This is, of course, a lot easier said than done, yet definitely a life lesson worth teaching.

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selfesteem

Where can I buy some self-esteem? How expensive is it? Where and how is it manufactured? These questions may sound absurd but this is how most people tend to treat self-esteem: like it is a scarce resource that must be cultivated and protected with the goal in life to get as much self-esteem as possible.

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Let's face it. When it come to pursuing someone of romantic interest, even at the best of times it can be a challenging task. Even more so when our means to communicate is made more difficult by our stutter.

In my years working in social services I have been able to observe human behavior in many different retrospections. When it comes to taking chances of any kind, there is risk involved. But in many ways, pursuing a romantic interest holds a greater fear for those of us that stutter.

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This is a review of the book Out With It, by Katherine Preston

When Katherine Preston first set out to write a book about stuttering, she intended  it to be a series of interviews with people who stutter, researchers and speech therapists. Her book does still contain conversations with people she interviewed over a ten month period while traveling across the United States, with the purpose of talking to as many people as she could about stuttering. But after completing her journey and gathering her research, Katherine realized the book she needed to write was in fact her own memoir.

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