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WVU Holds First Ever Stuttering and Attitudes Research Symposium

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West Virginia University Speech Language Pathology professors held the first ever research symposium devoted entirely to the topic of stuttering.

The Stuttering and Attitudes Research Symposium looked at different studies done on people who stutter, and the attitudes that people have about those who stutter.

"A great deal of what is involved in living with stuttering is learning to manage the reactions, and the opinions, and the misinformation that people have about it. For example, most people think that people who stutter, or most people who stutter, are shy and nervous, and they're not," said Ken St. Louis, of WVU Speech Language Pathology.

The symposium is the culmination of research conducted by St. Louis, who is a professor and director of post-professional graduate study in the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services' Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

As of this year, St. Louis, a recovered stutterer himself, has analyzed 188 studies with colleagues from 29 countries.

Researchers from all over the world attended the symposium.

Among keynote speakers was Gordon Blood of Penn State University, who spoke on the stigma of stuttering.

The event began Wednesday and ends Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Morgantown.