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Since 1947... Helping Those Who Stutter


STUTTERING? by Per Alm, Ph.D.

In 1957, Robert West, one of the founding fathers of speech-language pathology, wrote that “Everyone but the expert knows what stuttering is.” So, what do we think about stuttering today?

When reading textbooks and research articles it is clear that there is still no consensus regarding what type of disorder stuttering is. At Uppsala University, Department of Neuroscience, we are working to understand more about the basic nature of stuttering.

One way to do this is to analyze the moments of stuttering in detail, at a “micro level”, to see what goes wrong in the speech process. A widespread assumption is that the speech disruption in stuttering is caused by excessive muscular tension. Certainly excessive muscular tension is one of the most striking aspects of many cases of stuttering, but it seems that this may be only one side of the coin.

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TSA Service for Travelers Who Stutter

After nearly six months in circulation, the Stuttering Foundation’s “I Stutter Card” has been used by countless travelers who stutter when going through both TSA and Customs screenings at airports. Pat Feeney, a retired Officer with TSA, read our Summer 2016 newsletter and wrote with helpful information about a program called TSA Cares.

Pat says that the card is a good idea, adding “if someone who stutters is really nervous about the screening process TSA does at the airport, they can call TSA Cares and request a Passenger Support Specialist (PSS).”

“I was a PSS for my last two years at TSA and we assisted passengers with all types of physical and psychological needs through security. I used to assist military vets with PTSD and other issues through security because they couldn’t deal with crowds and lines.

“The telephone number is 1-855-787-2227 and they would like 72 hours advance notice so they can assign the request to a PSS, contact the passenger, and make arrangements to meet them at the airport and help them through security.”

Travelers needing assistance can also email TSA Cares at For more information, visit travel/passenger-support.

The “I Stutter Card” may be downloaded from our website at or requested by email at The card was downloaded more than 313,000 times in October alone.


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