Passing as Stuttering (Ep. 521)

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Chris Constantino

Christopher Constantino joins Peter Reitzes to discuss a current story in the news of passing as black and how this may relate to passing as fluent and passing as stuttering. Chris and Peter begin by discussing the Rachel Dolezal story and move quickly into stuttering topics such as when stuttering is a disadvantage and when it may be an advantage, people who attempt to pass as stuttering, “normal” speakers using voluntary stuttering to get a small taste of the stuttering experience and much more.

Christopher Constantino is a person who stutters and a PhD student in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis. Chris is doing his clinical fellowship in the Shelby County Schools in Memphis and is conducting a research study to understand and contextualize the experiences of passing as fluent for people who covertly stutter. Chris will be hosting some StutterTalk episodes this summer from the International Fluency Association’s World Congress in Portugal, July 6-8.