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Not just the King’s speech: Stuttering and its causes

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Stuttering is still plagued by misconceptions and myths. While autism has been able to shake off the myth of the refrigerator mother, many still believe that stuttering can be learned or caused by traumatic events during a child’s upbringing. Unsurprisingly, there is a genetic basis for stuttering, and scientists are even attempting to create a mouse model of stuttering.

Check out this week’s episode of Up Close, which is all about the science of stuttering. Professor Nan Bernstein Ratner from the University of Maryland talks about stuttering, its causes and its treatment. She was also an absolute delight to interview.

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2 thoughts on “Not just the King’s speech: Stuttering and its causes

  1. A very interesting interview kept well focused on science. I’m not sure if you managed to catch Richard Fidler’s chat with Mark Onslow on his Conversations series, but it makes a great companion piece.

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