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Dear Stuttering Foundation,

Disclosure (letting people know you stutter) feels so unnecessary when things are going well, but it is the only technique that has gotten me close to the root cause.


directly addresses my underlying problem of giving up and withdrawing.

Disclosure is most effective when done first thing in a conversation. My best example looks like this: "Before we begin I'd like to say that I stutter and sometimes use techniques such as easy onset, b-b- bouncing and sssliding to help me stutter less."

Situations where I have chosen to use disclosure have been during medical appointments, jury duty, conversations with my boss, and telephone calls — any situation where there is less time pressure.

Experiment with this potentially useful technique. Find what works for you!



Dan Pappas first wrote to the Stuttering Foundation seeking information in the early 1980s; he has been a friend of the Foundation since then. He worked for 40 years as a contractor librarian at the NASA/ Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Happily single, Dan enjoys bicycle riding, reading, traveling, and contributing to SFA Magazine!

maci.ridngfit It’s taken me awhile to truly be comfortable with who I am and to embrace my “flaws,” and by flaws, I mean my stuttering that I’ve had since I was a kid. I used to not like talking about it because I was embarrassed for anyone to know, in fear that they would judge me and not treat me as an equal. But as I get older, I realize that I shouldn’t care what anyone thinks about it because more than half the time, no one even notices. I do because I’m so aware of it, but having that mentality to not care what others think really helps eliminate my anxiety that causes the stutter. Of course it won’t just magically go away, but I have decided to embrace it because if I cannot accept it, then I’m holding back from living my life. Feeling thankful for my friends and family that have supported me! #stuttering #lovingyourself #selflove #stutteringismyskill #embraceitall #condifenceiskey #learntolaugh #dontgiveup #liveyourbestlife #stutteringfoundation

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