Stuttering Facts and Information FAQ

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Sheila, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator


    Stuttering Facts and Information

    What is stuttering? Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak. Stuttering is also referred to as stammering.

    What causes stuttering? There are four factors most likely to contribute to the development of stuttering: genetics ( approximately 60% of those who stutter have a family member who does also); child development (children with other speech and language problems or developmental delays are more likely to stutter); neurophysiology ( recent research has shown that people who stutter process speech and language in different areas of the brain than those who do not stutter); and family dynamics ( high expectations and fast-paced lifestyles can contribute to stuttering).
    Stuttering may occur when a combination of factors comes together and may have different causes in different people. It is probable that what causes stuttering differs from what makes it continue or get worse.

    How many people stutter? Over three million Americans stutter or approximately 1% of the population.

    What is the ratio of males to females who stutter? Stuttering affects four times as many males as females.

    How many children stutter? Some 20 percent of all children go through a stage of development during which they encounter disfluencies severe enough to be a concern to their parents. Approximately 5 percent of all children go through a period of stuttering that lasts six months or more. Three-quarters of those will recover by late childhood, leaving about 1% with a long-term problem. The best prevention tool is early intervention.

    Is stuttering caused by emotional or psychological problems? Children and adults who stutter are no more likely to have psychological or emotional problems than children and adults who do not. There is no reason to believe that emotional trauma causes stuttering.

    I think my child is beginning to stutter. Should I wait or seek help? It is best to seek ways that you, the parents, can help as soon as possible. If the stuttering persists beyond three to six months or is particularly severe, you may want to seek help from a speech-language pathologist who specializes in stuttering right away.

    Can stuttering be treated? Yes, there are a variety of successful approaches for treating both children and adults. In general, the earlier, the better is good advice.

    Are there any famous people who stutter? James Earl Jones, John Stossel, Bill Walton, Mel Tillis, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Carly Simon, Annie Glenn, Nicholas Brendon, Ken Venturi, Bob Love, John Updike, King George VI -- all are famous people who stuttered and went on to have successful lives.

    I read about a new cure for stuttering. Is there such a thing? There are no instant miracle cures for stuttering. Therapy, electronic devices, and even drugs are not an overnight process. However, a specialist in stuttering can help not only children but also teenagers, young adults and even older adults make significant progress toward fluency.

    These stuttering facts and stuttering information are provided by the Stuttering Foundation of America.
  2. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    Thanks Sheila~
    You know N does what I think is stuttering, but it is stammering of a whole sentence? She can't get it out and "has" to keep starting over and re-saying the whole sentence or parts of it. She does have a lot of anxiety, whether it is PTSD (from K) or just her own issues? She has been diagnosis'd with sensory processing disorder (SPD) as well... she has a lot of Spectrumish behaviors.
    ex: "I was wondering if, if, if, I was wondering does the, I was wondering if, I was wondering if the, Mommy I was wondering if the park is open"
    Her "stutter" has been going on for over a year, so I don't think it is just being a kid. Which is what her evaluation at the school district said.
    She does it more when stressed, tired, or excited, anxious... Is this cluttering of speech?
    I think her new pre-school teacher actually noticed it on the first, N was doing it a lot, and everyone looked at husband and I... we just smiled.
    I will bring it up at our first parent teacher meeting, unless Ms. M brings it up first.
    Does anyone know or have any experience with this type of thing?
    I think Wyntersgrace- (Heather) has Cluttering of Speech in her Daughter's sig...
  3. house of cards

    house of cards New Member

    Major does something similar when he is distracted but it isn't so often, don't know if it is the same, doesn't sound like it is to the same degree
  4. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    T, that's what my daughter did and it was called 'cluttering'. What really defined it, was that she repeated whole words or phrases, the rate of speed at which she spoke (very, very fast) and that she didn't do it while reading.

    However, I think what she does now would fall more into stuttering.
  5. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    Totoro, you said, "You know N does what I think is stuttering, but it is stammering of a whole sentence?"

    difficult child 3's speech pathologist called it "dysfluency". Stuttering is one form of dysfluency.

    difficult child 3 will repeat what he says, going back to repeat a phrase, a word or even a sentence. or more. he also does it with his piano-playing, so he would play the same note over and over (or the same bar) until he felt ready to move on to the next bit. It made it very difficult to play 'a tempo' and we realised that no matter how skilled he was in so many areas, he wouldn't be able to progress much further with his piano lessons.

    husband has the same vocal habit, so does easy child 2/difficult child 2.

    The Speech Pathologist says it's a problem with beginning to speak without the words already neatly lined up ready to be spoken; or the words getting lost partway through the sentence.

    They're not necessarily talking especially fast, just faster than their mind can keep up. Sometimes especially with the kids, they start speaking before they really were ready.

    husband's father had something similar, but he spoke VERY slowly. I wonder if this was something he learned (or was taught - his mother was a VERY good teacher and she home-schooled her kids) in order to disguise the problem.

    mother in law is insistent that neither husband nor easy child 2/difficult child 2 nor difficult child 3 have any dysfluency. She was very upset with the Speech pathologist's report for even mentioning it - "how dare she?" was the reaction, and she wanted me to complain about it and ask for the report to be changed to remove any reference to "such untruths". I don't know why this upset her so much and I can't understand how she can say husband never used to do this - he has for as long as I've known him.