Tuesday, October 15, 1996

Issues with a "single theory" of stuttering

Andrew Carpenter comments that no single stuttering theory could cover all the levels indicated by the "onion" metaphor, so searching for such "single theory" is "misguided"

Andy:

I agree... but the HOPE really is that if the core phenomenon could be
addressed directly BEFORE the developmental aspects take hold, then further
"upper layer" theories, while interesting for an understanding of learning,
would be unnecessary for "curing" stuttering.

He comments further that while there are good reasons to pursue neurological research, there is a danger of unneeded "radicalization".

Given the forces at play (the whole theapeutic community -understandably-
deals with the upper layers), I doubt very much that we run the risk of
becoming too radicalized in the neurological direction.

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