Make Room For The Stuttering

Perfect Conversation – Episode 132

Posted on: December 24, 2014

PamEpisode 132 features Emma Alpern, who hails from Brooklyn, New York. Emma works in the publishing industry, editing young adult fiction. She has always loved working with new books.

Stuttering got her into reading and writing in the first place, and also piqued her interest in words.

Listen in as we discuss workplace communication and advertising, being covert, Emma’s relationship with her stuttering, and speech therapy thoughts and experiences.

We also discuss the importance of finding others that stutter and Emma’s experience at National Stuttering Association (NSA)chapter meetings and her first NSA conference.

Emma wrote an article called Good Communication on the blog “Did I Stutter?” We discuss what good communication means and our thoughts on whether stuttering is a disability.

This was a perfect conversation, one that could have gone on for hours. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions for Emma.

The podcast safe music clip used in this episode is credited to ccMixter.


2 Responses to "Perfect Conversation – Episode 132"

My son is 30, pretty handsome. (I think), graduated (by the skin of his teeth) from Western Ky. University, and stutters. He has stuttered his whole life. He was a good athlete but does not have a driving aggressive personality, so he had convinced himself that because of speech, he will never be able to have a normal white collar career job. At WKU he proved to be a very good writer but instead of pursuing any career upwardly mobil , he has moulded himself into a pretty skilled poker player and in combination with an hourly restaurant job….has managed to scrape out existence, with an apartment, etc.

He is a deep thinking, smart young man but really what he really wants is a girlfriend. Personally, I believe the right kind of woman could turn him around pretty quickly.

We as parents have put in front of him every imaginable form of speech therapy at all stages of his life. But he just won ‘t/hasn ‘t stuck with any of it.
He just says after a taste of each, ” my stuttering is different from those people.”

We would help him financially if it was in concert with a stopping of the gambling and a training program for a better job if he would somehow be passionate about the chance for the life change. But he is not , it appears, willing to change course. So we don ‘t give him money for anything, really.

We talk regularly and he comes over and visits and to his credit he IS a very good poker player and he plays on -line for money. He wins and loses, like all gamblers, but the time spent when combined with a low-end restaurant job….turns him into a hermit. A recluse. No time to look for or stumble into a “good woman. ”

Crazy as it is or wrong as the thinking might be , I just thought a nice attractive young woman who might also stutter and has some of the same problems Scott does , might actually be a match.

Wild thought, I guess. If he was a criminal or unattractive physically, or just a bad person , I would not be thinking of this idea . But he isn ‘t. He is a really good person.

John Hamilton
Lexington, KY

Hi John, Thanks for checking in and commenting. Has your son found the large stuttering community? You or he should visit the webpage for the National Stuttering Association at There he can find info on local group support as well as our annual conferences. Our upcoming one is in July in Baltimore. It might be good for him to meet other people who stutter.
Also, there are quite a few groups for people who stutter on Facebook that he can search and join if he is interested.

I personally don’t see the need for him to find a girl who stutters in order for him to find a satisfying relationship. That would be limiting, in my humble opinion. I have stuttered since 5 years old and am 51 now. I have been in several great relationships over the years with people who don’t stutter. The right person will look beyond what we might think of as a weakness or flaw.

I hope your son reaches out and gets involved in the stuttering community.


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