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Does Anxiety Cause Stuttering

Marilee Fini, M.A., CCC-SLP

October 28, 2014

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Is there a correlation between anxiety disorders and stuttering?

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I do not have an exact study to reference, but anxiety does not cause stuttering.  When we look at the causes of stuttering, anxiety is not a cause.  Years ago, we thought stuttering was an emotional disorder.  Now, we know that while they do not cause it, anxiety and stress can exacerbate stuttering.  

Marilee Fini, M.A., CCC-SLP is a practicing speech-language pathologist in Cleveland, OH running her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy. Marilee regularly speaks on the subject of stuttering throughout the U.S. shedding a unique light on the subject of stuttering since she has spent most of her life dealing with her own stuttering.


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Marilee Fini, M.A., CCC-SLP

Marilee Fini, M.A. CCC/SLP is a practicing speech pathologist in Cleveland, OH running her own private practice, MLF Speech Therapy. She has been a professional speaker for the last 14 years presenting all over the U.S. to many diverse audiences on stuttering.  In addition, Marilee works for South University in Cleveland, OH where she teaches public speaking courses. Marilee sheds a unique light on the subject of stuttering since she has spent most of her life dealing with her own stuttering. Throughout her journey, she has faced many situations which she deemed as “IMPOSSIBLE” but was able to overcome them through hard work, dedication and faith. Lastly, Marilee was awarded the “Annie Glenn National Leadership Award - Best Practices in Speech-Language Pathology” given to her by The Ohio State University Department of Speech and Hearing Services in recognition for excellence in leadership in the field.


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