A Learning Theory Model of Stuttering

Volker Urban
Helmstedter Str. 14, D-38102 Braunschweig, Germany


Every stutterer has the ability to speak fluently. Why doesn’t a spontaneous learning process result in the stutterer using this ability all the time? The model presented here emerged from the following observation: When a stutterer interrupts a stuttering event, A he will experience fear and an urge to start speaking again immediately. This urge forms the basis of a new way of understanding stuttering. Various vicious cycles will result in the development of fear in the pause and the avoidance thereof rewards the stuttering.
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