The Monster Study is the name given to a stuttering experiment performed on 22 orphan children in Davenport, Iowa in 1939. It was conducted by Wendell Johnson at the University of Iowa. Johnson chose one of his graduate students, Mary Tudor, to conduct the experiment, and he supervised her research. After placing the children in control and experimental groups, Tudor gave positive speech therapy to half of the children, praising the fluency of their speech, and negative speech therapy to the other half, belittling the children for every speech imperfection and telling them they were stutterers.
Dear everyone who doesn’t have speech/communication problems,
You don’t get to decide what methods of communication are valid. You don’t get to tell me that my words don’t count as “real words” and that the things I say don’t have meaning because I might not say them in a way that you consider “the right way.” All communication methods are valid and meaningful.
“Growing up, I never spoke much due to having a really bad lisp. Even though it’s better now, I still feel very self-conscious about it. When I first realized that Helen Parr from The Incredibles has a lisp, I fell in love with her character even more and I’m pretty happy to see a character who has a speech problem like mine”