here. I have never heard so many people stutter on national radio. Especially the stories on how stuttering has affected their lives will change the attitude on stuttering of the listeners forever. There was a sense of revolution in the air: we will speak despite and we will speak out. Big thanks to the BBC and the host who has allowed people who stutter to stutter so publicly. Funnily, the host himself had hesitant speech. He even said that he got into speaking trouble giving a eulogy for a friend who died at his funeral! I mean who wouldn't stutter there!
Just one tiny little point. ;-) The audience kept on talking about handedness, to which Leys Geddes, BSA chair, said that there is no research confirmation. I don't think that gets people's mind changed. I always say: Really? So how come millions who changed hands did not start stuttering. And millions who did not change hands started stuttering. Leys also said that it might have triggered stuttering. I don't buy that either, in the sense that without a change they would not have stuttering. BUT, the audience might be right about their observation. There is one theory that left-handed is due to problems in the development of the embryo. Also, left-handedness has a different brain organisation. So I would speculate that left-handedness might be a moderate risk factor, which coincides with a hand change because only left-handed people had to change hands! So not hand change causes stuttering, but left-handedness causes stuttering and hand change! Subtlety kills the cat (and many others).
And Leys again said: "Early intervention will reduce the number of kids who stutter". I don't buy that either. Let's assume all stuttering is genetic. So how can early intervention EVER reduce the kids who stutter, they always will have their genes. Early intervention can only shape their psychosocial adjustment, but not push the recovery rate into higher territories.