University Scholar Series: Pei-Tzu Tsai
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Learning from Stuttering: A Path from Disorder to Diversity
Tripping over our words while talking is quite common. While most people can move on without much effort, one out of 100 speakers experiences getting stuck (stuttering) on a daily basis since early childhood, and moving on can be emotionally and physically taxing. Stuttering is a speech disorder that is genetic-neurological in nature, with symptoms that can be affected by multiple factors across the lifespan. The exact cause of stuttering remains unclear, but its negative consequences on self-perception, social attitude, and quality of life are well documented. Though there is currently no cure, speech therapy has evolved in dynamic directions to address the complex impacts of the disorder and to advocate for diversity and inclusion of those who speak differently. Dr. Tsai’s research investigates the underlying factors of stuttering and stuttering therapy, with a goal of developing culturally and linguistically responsive services for individuals who stutter and advocating for acceptance and diversity in communication.
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stuttering, stutterers, neurological differences, stigma, societal pressure
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Genetic Phenomena | Speech Pathology and Audiology
Tsai, Pei-Tzu, "University Scholar Series: Pei-Tzu Tsai" (2021). University Scholar Series. 44.