About Cliff


My parents noticed my stuttering when I was 6 years old and moving from New Jersey to Oregon. Of course years later I blamed them for causing my stuttering, brought on by the move. As a graduate student in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University I discovered that the cross country move was not the cause of my stuttering (I forgave my parents--they knew this all along). I found out that stuttering is heritable. It was not an emotional/anxiety/nervous disorder, learned or environmentally caused. Rather there is a physiological basis to it. It's NATURAL for a person who stutters to stutter.

To enhance fluency, the person who stutters needs to employ techniques or tools, targets, which are the specific speech muscle movement patterns. Learning and putting into practice these techniques together with a willingness to seek out speaking situations in the 'real world'. I took to heart the adage about fear. Hugh Downs, side-kick to onetime Tonight Show talk show host, Jack Parr: "If you want to get over fear, go out there and scare yourself."

I also discovered that there are people who stutter who do not want to do all of this. Many want to find out what stuttering is, why they stutter and then come up with their own goals. My job as a therapist is to find out what the person who stutter wants to get out of therapy.

This life long experience with stuttering has helped me understand my clients better.

The experience of the foreign born English speaker with intelligibility issues can be similar to the person who stutters. Some foreign born English speakers are afraid to talk on the phone, order in restaurants, being fearful that people would not understand what they are saying. People with accent may avoid introducing themselves, to avoid parties and gatherings. Let others approach them first in these situations. They can get frustrated and uncomfortable when asked to repeat. Acquiring American English intonation patterns and minimizing the effect of native cultural traits on phonology goes a long way to gaining confidence and clarity.

Professional Info




To desensitize oneself from the stuttering experience and to enhance fluency and the sense of well being that can result from the alleviation of stuttering and from the self limiting effects that stuttering can impose.


Fluency Shaping and Stuttering Modification; Cognitive Behavioral: learning more effective Self Talks.


Fluency device for stutterers, and persons with Parkinson's Disease (PD). The device induces the choral speech effect which is fluency enhancing for people who stutter and can enhance speech intelligibility of the repetitive speech patterns in some Parkinson's patients.


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Prevalence of Stuttering

So what happens to those who persist in stuttering (not insisting, but persisting)? –After stuttering onset, 80 per cent stop stuttering by age 12 without speech therapy. There are those who receive speech therapy in grade school who stop stuttering and of course there are those who stop stuttering without speech therapy. Why? Don’t know! The plasticity of the brain until age 12 or so lends itself to spontaneous adjustments that rectify the central neurophysiological anomaly in the brain that speech therapy can hasten. Those who do not experience the fortuitous central nervous system adjustment continue to stutter. This is called prevalence of stuttering, that is the number of those who can be identified as stutterers. The incidence of stuttering (those who start to stutter) is about 5 times higher, or about 5 percent of the population, which reduces to the roughly 1 per cent of the population by age 12, as described above. The persistent stutterers will continue to stutter for their lifetime, although showing variation in their degree of severity from day to day or from situation to situation. People who stutter (PWS), or stutterers, are not helpless, subject to the vicissitudes of their central fluency anomaly. That […]

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Welcome To My Website!!

Imagine me having a website! I’ve been a speech therapist for 40 years and I stutter. I never grew out of it so I became a professional! That idea of ‘growing out of stuttering’ is an often- heard sentiment. Young kids do grow out of stuttering in the sense that the brain of the very young child who is displaying speech disfluencies is characterized by its plasticity, that is changeability, or its ability to ‘change for the better’. Neuronal pathways are not ‘set’ yet and therefore can change anatomically and physiologically in time with further development so that the production of normal speech fluency can be established. What does this mean? It means that the three components of speech, respiration, articulation and phonation are synchronized. The brain is successfully guiding motor movements, the speech musculature, so that specific speech muscle patterns are coordinated. This is an unconscious phenomenon. Kids don’t consciously learn to speak, but are able to do so when maturation occurs as the speech apparatus operates to express the thoughts that the language represents. We now know that the etiology or cause of stuttering is physiologically based. When the central neurophysiological anomaly in the brain is active it […]

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