Stuttering Essay

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Imagine this scenario: You go into an electronic store with the intent of purchasing the big screen television you are interested in. You thought about all the important questions you needed to ask about the TV in advance. You walk up to the TV section of the store and a friendly sales clerk approaches you. He greats you and inquires if you need any help. You are rehearsed and ready to ask all of your important questions about the TV. You start off great but half way through your second sentence you get hung up and start to stutter. You get nervous and begin to stutter some more. The more you stutter the more nervous you get. At this point you face starts to contort and as you desperately try to get the words out. The sales clerk knows that you are stuttering but still gives you a baffled look as he becomes confused on how to continue the conversation. The simple exchange of word becomes grueling task and you decide to cut the conversation short. After a becoming embarrassed, frustrated, and feeling a scene of shame you leave the store without making a purchase. You get home and with your confidence down you decide to order the television online to avoid another stressful incident. This is just one example of the type of ordeals that people who suffer from a speech disorder known as stuttering or stammering face on a daily basis. Webster defines stuttering as: 1: to speak with involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by spasmodic repetition or prolongation of vocal sounds) 2: to move or act in a halting or spasmodic manner. It is an involuntary behavior and people who stutter cannot help it. Charles Van Riper, (1982) a prominent speech pathologist defined stuttering as "...when the forward flow of speech is interrupted by a motorically disrupted sound, syllable, or word, or by the speaker's reactions thereto". Stuttering begins in childhood, usually

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