Casa Futura Technologies: Technology for stuttering and Parkinson's
Ask a Question2021-04-19T12:14:10-06:00

Stuttering FAQ

Ask a question about stuttering:

Employment questions

Where should a stutterer look for a job?2021-03-14T12:08:56-06:00

Sign up with your state’s vocational rehab agency. They’ll pay for speech therapy or a device, look through their database of job openings with employers who want to hire people with disabilities, and coach you with interviewing.

How should a stutterer handle a job interview?2021-03-14T12:24:47-06:00

Say that you stutter, show what you’re doing to improve your speech, and then do it.

Ask the interviewer to help you. If you need to slow your speech, ask the interviewer to raise a hand when you talk too fast. Ask the interviewer to slow their speech and you raise your hand when they talk too fast.

How should a stutterer ask for a promotion at work?2021-03-14T12:25:35-06:00

Talk to your employer about your speech. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from asking employees about disabilities. You have to start the conversation.

Ask your employer to help you improve your speech. That could mean time off to go to speech therapy or help paying for an electronic device.

If speech therapy is going well ask to change to a job that requires talking to more people. Talking many hours a day is essential to make therapy stick.

We’ve heard many stories from stutterers who talked to their employers about their speech and their employer said, “You’re our best employee and we want to promote you. We’ll do whatever you want to help you improve your speech.”

Dating

How can a stutterer find a girlfriend/boyfriend?2021-03-14T12:09:12-06:00

I got a girlfriend by saying, “My speech therapist wants me to introduce myself to more people. Can I talk to you?” That was at one-second stretch.

Etiology

Is stuttering genetic?2021-03-14T18:58:54-06:00

No. For more information see our blog post Genetics of Stuttering.

What is the neurology of stuttering?2021-03-14T19:06:39-06:00

The two most prominent neurological abnormalities associated with stuttering:

  • Overactive speech motor control, resulting in too much speech muscle movement, such as hard blocks, prolongations, and repetitions. DAF helps stutterers to slow down speech muscle movements. Fluency shaping therapy trains stutterers to speak with relaxed speech muscle movements.
  • Underactive auditory processing, resulting in poor integration between how we hear our voices and how we feel our muscles moving. DAF, FAF, and MAF appear to increase auditory processing activity.

Stuttering is also a dopaminergic disorder, along with Tourette’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Dopaminergic disorders manifest in relation to stress. Stereotypical behaviors increase if the person tries not to do the behavior.

For more information see our free e-book Neurology of Stuttering.

 

What causes stuttering?2021-03-14T18:50:10-06:00

Books

What are some recommended books about stuttering?2021-03-14T12:08:28-06:00

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