Stuttering Etiology and Diagnostic Codes: Researchers’ Reflections Many different explanatory models of stuttering have been proposed in the history of this disorder. Not infrequently, these models have included contradictory claims about the etiology of speech fluency disruptions (see Bloodstein, 1993  , for a good historical overview, also see Curlee & Siegel, 1997  ). To complicate matters, ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2003
Stuttering Etiology and Diagnostic Codes: Researchers’ Reflections
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  • Luc F. De Nil
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / Practice Management / Articles
Article   |   September 01, 2003
Stuttering Etiology and Diagnostic Codes: Researchers’ Reflections
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 2003, Vol. 13, 4-7. doi:10.1044/ffd13.1.4
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, September 2003, Vol. 13, 4-7. doi:10.1044/ffd13.1.4
Many different explanatory models of stuttering have been proposed in the history of this disorder. Not infrequently, these models have included contradictory claims about the etiology of speech fluency disruptions (see Bloodstein, 1993  , for a good historical overview, also see Curlee & Siegel, 1997  ). To complicate matters, proponents of these models often are able to point to a series of research findings that appear to support the basic assumptions of their favorite model.
Within the limited scope of this paper, I would like to review some of the research in stuttering with the aim of proposing a framework that would allow researchers and clinicians to interpret the phenomena that characterize stuttering. As such, this is not a new theory or model, but, in my view, the proposal provides an approach to the disorder that can resolve some of the conflicting interpretations of the available data.
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