Speech, Occupational, Physical & Teletherapy
Approximately 1%, or 3 million Americans, stutter
- Boys are more likely to stutter than girls
- 75% of children who stutter will outgrow it
- Most often, stuttering happens in children ages 2-6. Why? Because during this age, children are learning and developing their language skills
- There are 2 general types of stuttering: Developmental and Neurogenic. Developmental occurs in children and adults and the cause is unknown. Neurogenic occurs mostly in adults and is caused by brain injury.
- Some stuttering is considered typical or “normal”. Typical disfluencies: interjections (uh, um), repeating multisyllabic words (the doggie doggie doggie is mine) repeating phrases (he is he is he is my doggie) revising sentences (he is – this is our doggie)
- Stuttering is not caused by anxiety or trauma. If a child is ALREADY stuttering and aware of this, he/she may become anxious about it. But it’s not the cause.
Resources: The Stuttering Source, Stuttering Help, The Stuttering Foundation, Stuttering Therapy Resources, ASHA